MOUNT VERNON — Even though the weather was cold enough for it to snow, a rainbow in the sky had the Mount Vernon softball team dreaming of riches Tuesday.
Instead, Olentangy Orange stole the Yellow Jackets’ pot of gold, batting around in the fourth inning en route to an 8-3 victory in the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division opener.
“We did not start the game ready to win the game,” said Mount Vernon coach Carissa Lanning. “We did not start the game focused mentally. I don’t know whether it was the cold or that this was our first home game, we just weren’t ready. We had more errors than hits. You’re not going to win doing that.”
It didn’t take long for things to turn sour on the Jackets (1-1). Orange’s Jamie Pence walked to lead off the game, then scored when Abby Davidson hit a line-drive home run to left center field just one out later. Mount Vernon pitcher Brittany Roden was able to get out of the inning without any other damage, thanks to two groundball outs.
The sour start continued in the bottom half of the inning as Abby Lyons, Kate Reynolds and Kristen Bender all struck out for the Jackets.
The troubles continued in the second when Orange (1-3) got a double from Kaitlyn Brown and a single from Rachel Ramsey. The Pioneers looked like they might blow the game wide open, but Roden got out of a two on and one out jam.