MOUNT VERNON — With few chances to get outside this spring and a rainout on Wednesday, the Mount Vernon Yellow Jacket softball players have savored every chance they have had to take on some live competition.
Friday evening’s competition, however, proved to be a little too live.
Olentangy Orange’s All-Ohio pitcher Mason Robinson tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out 11 Mount Vernon batters. Her fastball seemed to get faster as the game went along. She went the distance to give the Pioneers a convincing 8-0 victory over the host Jackets in Ohio Capital Conference action.
“She’s a very good pitcher,” Mount Vernon coach Mike Marcum said of Robinson, who will be hurling for Murray State next year. “She’s a senior and that’s good for us, I guess. We couldn’t adjust to her speed. Sometimes, you’re going to have a day like that when you can’t adjust.”
Mount Vernon fell behind, 3-0, in the very first inning when the Pioneers jumped on starting pitcher Abbey McClure for three doubles including one by Robinson that drove in a pair of runs and an RBI double by third baseman Kelly Bynum that chased home Robinson. McClure would settle down, yielding only a pair of hits over the next three innings. The Pioneers rapped five doubles off of Mount Vernon pitching for the game.
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