In its Centennial League softball opener on Monday, Mullen dropped a 4-0 home decision to Grandview at Santo “Doc” Scavuzzo Field.
The Class 4A Mustangs are 7-5 overall, 0-1 in league. 5A Grandview is 6-6, 1-0.
Morgan Margeson took the loss in the circle for the Mustangs, but pitched well enough to keep her team in the game – she was touched for 10 hits, but all were singles, and the Wolves stole six bases.
However, Mullen struggled offensively, fanning 14 times and managing just five hits. Three were by senior outfielder Bella Aragon, who was a perfect 3-for-3, and added a stolen base, her 20th, first on the team and third in 4A.
Elizabeth Brady had a double and Margeson singled. The Mustangs also stranded six runners.
The Wolves struck for two runs in the first inning and plated insurance scores in the sixth and seventh.
In a four-game week, Mullen will visit Cherry Creek in Greenwood Village on Tuesday, Sept. 14, first pitch at 4:30 p.m.
GRANDVIEW 4, MULLEN 0
Grandview 200 001 1 -- 4 10 1
Mullen 000 000 0 -- 0 5 0
Mullen – Aragon cf 3-0-3-0, Stewart c 3-0-0-0, Brady 2b 3-0-1-0, Medina ss 2-0-0-0, Walters lf 3-0-0-0, Margeson p 3-0-1-0, Hurtado 3b 3-0-0-0, Newman 1b 3-0-0-0, Holz rf 3-0-0-0. Linares cr 0-0-0-0. Totals 26-0-5-0.
DP – Mullen. SB – Aragon. LOB – 6.
BB – Medina. 2B – Brady.
Pitching – Margeson (L) 7 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K’s.
WP – Margeson.
Mullen completed its regular season on Monday with a fourth-place team finish in the fifth Centennial League Match and having all five players within the top 19 finishers.
At the Littleton Golf and Tennis Club, a short, par 30-32—62 layout over 4,706 yards, Mullen totaled 277. First was Arapahoe at 253.
Individually, Ethan Karr led the Mustangs with a 6-over-par 68. His 32-36 included two birdies on the front nine. Karr tied for 11th.
Ryan Brady (34-35—69, one birdie) tied for 14th; and Jack Newton, Brodie Reister and Ben Hawes each shot 70 to tie for 17th.
The Mustangs will be preparing for regionals to be held on Sept. 25 in Montrose.
CENTENNIAL LEAGUE MATCH NO. 5
At Littleton Golf and Tennis Club
Team scores – Arapahoe 253. Cherry Creek 266, Grandview 275, Mullen 277, Cherokee Trail 296, Eaglecrest 325.
Mullen individuals – 11. (tie) Ethan Karr, 68; 14. (tie) Ryan Brady, 69; 17. (tie) Jack Newton, Brodie Reister, Ben Hawes 70.
Eli Kerschen scored a hat trick on Saturday as the Mustangs remained undefeated, winning 4-0 in nonleague at Thompson Valley in Loveland.
Competing at Ray Patterson Field, Mullen, top-ranked in Class 4A, improved to 6-0 and owns an aggregate 32-1 scoring advantage with the lone goal coming on a penalty kick. The Mustangs have five shutouts.
Kerschen improved his goal total to 11 for 2021, tops on the team and fourth in the classification.
Andrew DeBerardinis also scored, his sixth and the second-best Mustangs total to date.
The two also added assists.
Andrew McGrath and Sebastian Hattenbach combined for three saves.
The Mustangs will travel to Colorado Springs on Tuesday evening *Sept. 14) at 7 for a nonleague match against Mesa Ridge (2-5).
MULLEN 4, THOMPSON VALLEY 0
Mullen 1 3 -- 4
Thompson Valley 0 0 -- 0
Mullen goals – Eli Kerschen 3, Andrew DeBerardinis.
Mullen assists – Eli Kerschen, Andrew DeBerardinis.
Mullen saves – Andrew McGrath 2, Sebastian Hattenbach 1.