When getting the bats started early is a team’s goal, scoring eight runs in the first inning is quite the way to accomplish that.

With some help from freshman pitcher Kristen McCann, Mountain Pointe built on the early lead and beat Mesa 16-4 on Wednesday.

“What we did is we came out and we struck the ball from inning one, which was something that we’ve been working on with our girls,” Pride coach Mel Wendell said. “I was very impressed with the way that our ladies played today.”

McCann allowed four runs over the course of five innings and struck out three. She even provided some run support, hitting two singles with an RBI.

Offensive standouts for the Pride (7-10, 4-2) included senior Nyla Wambold, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a stolen base, and freshman Hannah Hoban, who went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two doubles.

Seniors Aubry and Sierra Whitmer both went 2-for-2, as Aubry hit a triple and Sierra hit a double with an RBI for Mesa (10-8, 4-3).

Chris Cole is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. He is a sophomore at Arizona State University.

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