The weather has been awful and there was no scheduled league meet this week, so Mullen’s Kate Walker got together with other coaches and put together a quad meet.
At Overland Golf Course, the Mustangs rode a strong score by Kaitlin Zingler to win the four-team group on a windy, cold Tuesday that only got windier and colder as the round progressed.
Mullen scored 353 to Cherry Creek’s 356, Arapahoe’s 396 and Colorado Academy’s 189 (only two of its scores counted).
It was rough condition-wise, but the Mustangs will take the experience.
“Absolutely,” Walker said. “We didn’t have a (Centennial) League meet scheduled and the public schools have state testing and we have Holy Week. We decided to put together a small tournament to give the girls some rounds. We wanted to gain experience for our team. We have a lot of depth. And we wanted the girls to have another tournament score.”
Zingler, a junior, turned in 38-38 – 76, 4-over par, with three birdies, two on the back side.
“Kaitlin is off to a really solid start,” Walker said. “She’s extremely focused and determined, and has always had a great work ethic, so it’s really paying off.”
Jane Gray tied for fourth with an 87; Sammy Yates tied for sixth at 94; and Hannah Giacomin and Riley Stewart tied for eighth at 96.
Said Walker: “It was good for us.”
Mullen will be idle for a week, when it will compete in the Centennial League No. 3 on April 20 at Murphy Creek G.C. in Aurora.
At Overland G.C.
Team scores – Mullen 353, Cherry Creek 356, Arapahoe 396, Colorado Academy 189.
Mullen scores – 1. Kaitlin Zingler 76; 4. (tie) Jane Gray, 87; 6. (tie) Sammy Yates, 94; 8. (tie) Hannah Giacomin and Riley Stewart, 96;
The Mustangs blew two leads, committed five errors, threw six wild pitches and gave up four unearned runs in losing 9-6 in eight innings to Cherry Creek at Bill Swift Field in league.
Plus, Cherry Creek, which entered the matchup a very unusual five games under .500 (2-7), was guilty of eight errors …. and somehow won.
Mullen dropped to 8-3 overall, 2-1 in the Centennial.
“This was a game of mistakes,” Mustangs head coach Phil Stanford said. “We scored early and capitalized on (the Bruins’) mistakes, but we didn’t finish and we got sloppy. We had our chances to put them away, but we made way too many mistakes and let them back in the game.”
The Mustangs led 5-0 after three innings and seemed to weather a four-run fourth by Cherry Creek, only to be hit for single runs twice and three in the eighth.
Henry Stewart had two of Mullen’s five hits.
Mullen, which began the week No. 7 in Class 5A, will return to action on Saturday, April 16, when it will meet the Bruins in Greenwood Village, first pitch at 11 a.m.
CHERRY CREEK 9, MULLEN 6, 8 inn.
Cherry Creek 000 041 13 -- 9
Mullen 032 000 10 - 6
Mullen – Hurley 3-1-0-0, A. Brady 4-0-0-0, Trujillo 0-1-0-0, Krza 4-0-1-0, H. Stewart 4-1-2-1, MacKenzie 4-2-0-0, Moore 3-0-1-0, Marsh 3-0-1-0, Riley-Combs 0-0-0-0, R. Brady 4-0-0-1, T. Stewart 4-1-0-0. Totals 33-6-5-2.
E – A. Brady 3, Hurley, MacKenzie. LOB – 7. BB – Hurley, MacKenzie, Moore, Marsh. 2B – Marsh.
Pitching – Marsh 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 8 K; Fuentes 1 IP, 1 H, 0R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K; Moore 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K; T. Stewart (L) 1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. WP – Moore 3, Marsh 2, T. Stewart. HBP – T. Stewart 1.
At home, the Mustangs rolled to a 9-0 victory over Smoky Hill in league.
They built a 4-0 lead at halftime and cruised.
“The girls played well,” head coach Matt Degitis said.
Mullen improved to 5-4 overall, 1-2 in league.
Anna Johnson, Elizabeth McDermott and Kate Vezzani each scored twice for Mullen. Brooklynn Rich, Lizzy Marcoux and Stella Zinis also added goals.
Johnson had the biggest day, adding three assists. Vezzani and Zinis each had two. Megan Ellis and Allison Jones added helpers.
The Mustangs will be back at it on Thursday, April 14, against Overland in Aurora, 4:30 p.m., in league.
MULLEN 9, SMOKY HILL 0
Smoky Hill 0 0 -- 0
Mullen 4 5 -- 9
Mullen goals -- Anna Johnson 2, Elizabeth McDermott 2, Kate Vezzani 2, Brooklynn Rich, Lizzy Marcoux, Stella Zinis.
Mullen assists – Anna Johnson 3, Kate Vezzani 2, Stella Zinis 2, Megan Ellis, Allison Jones.
Mullen saves – Morgan Stewart 3, Olivia Incitti.
At home, the Mustangs moved to 2-3 overall in duals with a 6-1 decision of Cherokee Trail in ;eague.
Mullen, the defending 4A champion, handled the 5A Cougars in two of the three singles matches and swept the four in doubles.
Lexi Yost (No. 1) and Savanna Hanley (No. 3) rolled in straight sets in singles.
Paige Nielsen-Madeline Crites (No. 1), Aubryanne Leugers-Renee Hoyt (No. 2), Lita Rael-Claire Lenich (No. 3) and Grace Brouillette-Avery Walters (No. 4) swept in doubles.
“Hopefully, we can keep it rolling,” head coach Jera Sturgell said, adding the team’s nonleague match at Dakota Ridge scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, has been moved to Thursday, April 14, 3:25 p.m.
MULLEN 6, CHEROKEE TRAIL 1
No. 1 singles – Lexi Yost, Mullen def. Aarzoo Aggraval 6-1, 6-0.
No. 2 singles – Sierra Martin, CT def. Marin Smith 6-4, 6-2.
No. 3 singles – Savanna Hanley, Mullen def. Megan Monforton 6-3, 6-2.
No. 1 doubles – Paige Nielsen-Madeline Crites, Mullen def. McKenna Warnick-Madison Harmon 6-2, 6-0.
No. 2 doubles – Aubryanne Leugers-Renee Hoyt, Mullen def. Srishti Goel-Lauren Jose 6-0, 6-2.
No. 3 doubles – Lita Rael-Claire Lenich, Mullen def. Quinn Morestime-Sandy Luong 6-3, 6-1.
No. 4 doubles – Grace Brouillette-Avery Walters, Mullen def. Molly Keating-Katie Keating 6-0, 6-0..