The Penn Yan Mustang softball team made their annual journey south to play in the Grand Strand Tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Orange and Blue crew of Coach Marty Kubli has participated in this spring break tournament for a number of years. This year the Mustang girls faced a big problem going into the three-day, southern tourney. Because of the harsh winter, Penn Yan and all northern area teams had not been able to get outdoors to practice or play. The tournament games were their first fresh air games. The early season rust was evident. Penn Yan dropped four games during their South Carolina stay. But the important thing was they were able to get some games in before the Finger Lakes League action starts next week.
Penn Yan dropped their opener on Monday, 17-0 to Wheeling Central from West Virginia. Brooke Sherman and Taylor Knapp shared the pitching chores for Penn Yan. They registered 2 strikeouts each. The Mustang girls lost to Elmira 10-2 in their next game. Penn Yan was limited to just 3 hits in this contest. Taylor Knapp slapped a double in this game.
Wednesday, the results remained the same, but the score was closer. Penn Yan fell to Lewisville, Ala. The Mustangs registered 6 hits in this game. Sarah Alexander accounted for 3 hits or half of the Penn Yan total.
On their last day in South Carolina, Penn Yan was defeated by FL East foe Midlakes 6-5. This game will count in the Finger Lakes East standings. Penn Yan had 9 hits in this closely fought contest. Erika Cooper went 3 for 4. Kailee Christensen and Cassandra Sherman picked up 2 hits each for the Orange and Blue.
The Mustang girls enjoyed a week's worth of games in the South Carolina sun. They open the season 0-4 overall and 0-1 in Finger Lakes Leaguer action. Now it's back north, back to the chilly climate and a whole lot of softball to play in the next couple of months.