Small ball and three runs scored in the top of the seventh inning Friday lifted the Mendon varsity softball team to a 3-0 victory over host Colon in a Division 4 district championship game.
Cassie Plummer earned the win after going all seven innings with only two hits allowed. She fanned 15 batters and issued no walks. Mendon pieced together five hits, including two by Lauren Lash (one double) and Juliana Hagenbuch, and one by Amaijha Bailey. Lash drove in a run and Bailey stole two bases for the Hornets, who move on to the June 10 regional semifinals at Hudson where they will take on either Concord or North Adams-Jerome. Hudson and Camden-Frontier face off in the other semifinal contest.
Madison Miller took the loss for the Magi despite a fantastic effort in the circle. She allowed five hits, walked four and struck out four without giving up an earned run.
Megan Warn and Miller both singled for Colon.
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Earlier in the day, Mendon topped Athens 6-3 after scoring all six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hannah Duchene went the distance for the Hornets, scattering six hits, giving up three earned runs, walking three and striking out 14.
Duchene singled and doubled and finished with two runs batted in. Plummer, Lash and Hannah Frye (double) had one hit apiece. Kennedy Hawkins and Bailey stole bases for Mendon.
Colon picked up a 13-2 victory over Burr Oak in the semis in a game that went five innings. Maddy Fisher was the winning pitcher for the Magi. She allowed four hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out two.
Gretta Minor, Keagan Bower and Brooke Hinkley all had two hits, and Megan Warn, Katelyn Walls (double), Sydney Tomlinson and Paige Koller (double) finished with one each. Tomlinson drove in three runs, Hinkley and Miller both registered two RBI, and Bower, Walls and Koller drove in runs. Minor and Bower added stolen bases for the Magi.
Sydney Owens took the loss for Burr Oak. She went 3 2/3 innings and surrendered nine hits and nine earned runs. She struck out two and walked four. Abby Greene made an appearance and gave up one hit with a strikeout. Madison Jennett singled twice, and Andrea Nelson and Helene Westlie singled.