The collective sigh of relief resonating from Hampden Avenue and Lowell Boulevard on Thursday came from a young Mullen softball team that earned its first victory of 2018. The Mustangs hung on for a 5-4 home victory over parochial-rival Regis Jesuit in nonleague.
“It has been a struggle, needless to say,” first-year Mustangs coach Alan Colglazier said in joining his players in a sigh of relief. “But it’s like night and day from (Wednesday).”
The Class 4A Mustangs were coming off a 7-1 home whipping against 5A Chatfield in which they managed all of two hits and their opener, a week ago in Broomfield at 4A Holy Family, stands at a 9-1 deficit in the fourth inning and will have to be resumed on Sept. 15 after inclement weather.
So pardon the Mustangs for feeling good.
“We made some defensive plays and we got some key hits,” Colglazier said.
They trailed the now 3-4 and 5A Raiders 2-0 early, plated single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, gave up the lead in the top of the sixth, then won it with a two-run effort in their half.
Even though Regis Jesuit cut the deficit to 5-4 in the top of the seventh and had the potential equalizing run on base, junior pitcher Marissa Sanchez kept battling and got the final out.
“I helped Marissa with (calling) some pitches and she liked that,” the coach said. “I think it made it easier for her and we’ll continue. We decided to attack certain areas.”
Third baseman Emma DiGiacomo, a junior, contributed a single and triple, and Sanchez rapped a bases-loaded, two-run safety in the sixth for the difference.
“That first one’s always the toughest,” Colglazier said. “It’s like the girls said tonight, it was a big win for them against Regis, very important for them.”
Next up for the Mustangs: Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Jefferson County’s Columbine. First pitch will be at 4 p.m.