They have been on the other side of the table frequently throughout the 2019 season.
But on Friday, Mullen’s Mustangs were on the good side, enjoyed it thoroughly and downed Fairview 15-2 in nonleague play.
Competing at Santo “Doc” Scavuzzo Field, the Mustangs, on Senior Day, and in the final home game of the season, got to enjoy being on the better end of a blowout as they have been on the bad end … frequently. They improved to 4-12.
“It was really nice,” senior Emma DiGiacomo said. “We’ ve kind of had a rough season and the new coaches were amazing. There was kind of a disconnect, but we blended well overall and it’s nice to have that on Senior Day.”
Said Bella Hawkins, the team’s second senior to bid farewell to her home field: “It was very cool to be on this side of a score like this.”
In addition, the Mustangs sported nostalgic jerseys from 1999. Head coach Alan Colglazier said they were presented to the team that year prior to embarking on the Colorado playoffs. They were discovered in a box in a nearby storage shed.
“They seemed to enjoy them,” Colglazier said.
The game was shortened due to the mercy rule. Mullen scored 6, 4 and 5 runs over the first three innings.
At the plate, freshman Morgan Margeson had four runs batted in, Elizabeth Brady brought home three and Hawkins had two. Hawkins also ended the game on a fine play from shortstop in which she threw to her sister, Lily, a freshman, at first base.
“That was really fun,” the elder Hawkins said.
The Bertsch sisters, Madelyn and Maggie, each scored three times as did Ona Medina.
On the mound, Margeson, who has taken her share of lumps, went the distance and allowed only five hits.
“We’ve been on the other side of this a lot,” Colglazier said. “It’s nice just to have this victory and play well.”
Mullen, still bidding to qualify for the postseason, will be back at it on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Grandview in Aurora, first pitch at 11 a.m.
“We needed to hang in there and we knew something good would happen,” Colgalzier said. “We just hope it continues (Saturday).”