Mayfield posts win over Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN – Mayfield laced nine hits and used a patient approach at the plate to get past Johnstown, 13-4, Friday in a non-league softball game at Johnstown High School.

The Lady Panthers (5-9 overall, 4-7 WAC) drew 13 walks in the contest, 12 of which came off Johnstown (1-9 overall, 1-7 Foothills) starting pitcher Danielle Aceto.

Aceto also hit three batters and was the pitcher of record for all 13 of Mayfield’s runs.

Mayfield wasted no time in pushing runs across, striking for four in the opening frame. After Lyndsey Barber walked and Mackenzie Biggers doubled to left, Kristina Auty drove in the first run of the ballgame with an infield single. Aceto walked or hit each of the next four batters and induced an RBI fielder’s choice before getting out of the inning with four runs home. The Lady Panthers sent 10 to the plate in the frame.

Mayfield starting pitcher Amber Costa retired Johnstown in order in the first but allowed a leadoff walk to come around to score in the second. Meghan Ledoux roped an opposite-field double to right to kick off the third inning for the Lady Bills, but Julie Hampton started a double play and assisted on a putout to keep any runners from scoring.

Auty picked up her second of three hits in the fourth, a double to left that appeared to score Barber who had singled earlier in the inning. The umpires ruled that Barber didn’t touch third base on her way home and called her out to negate the run.

The Lady Bills pulled within two on an RBI single by Ellen Praught in the fifth. Ledoux, who crushed a triple to start the inning, came around to score.

Mayfield had their best offensive inning of the game in the sixth and Auty was the catalyst. After Aceto hit a batter and issued two walks, Auty went up for one and smacked a double to center field. The knock cleared the bases and Auty advanced to third on an error. Auty also drew two walks in the game to get on base five times. According to Mayfield head coach Jamie Hurd, Auty had been struggling at the plate and was moved to the cleanup spot to boost her confidence.

“I moved her down in the lineup because she wasn’t really hitting,” Hurd said. “I actually moved her to the four-spot, which is the meat of the order, and she really came through for us.”

Sydney Benton picked up an RBI single in the inning and Caitlin Tomlinson picked up a two-run single to put the Lady Panthers up 10-2.

Aceto and Zoe Reid singled in the home half of the sixth for Johnstown and the Lady Bills pushed two runs across to close the gap, but Mayfield tacked on three of their own in the seventh. Biggers singled home a run and a pair of bases-loaded walks gave the Lady Panthers a nine-run lead.

“We came into tonight and we weren’t hitting that much,” Hurd said. “We worked a little bit yesterday in practice. It was just a great win.”

Joining Auty with a multi-hit game was Biggers, while Ledoux and Reid each tallied a pair of hits for the Lady Bills.

Costa surrendered eight hits but walked just three in seven innings to limit Johnstown’s damage.

The Lady Panthers will look to keep rolling when they host Amsterdam on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

The Lady Bills will take to the road for a 4:30 p.m. matchup against Glens Falls on Monday.

Mayfield 13, Johnstown 4

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Johnstown010 012 0 – 4 8 1

Costa and Benton; Aceto, Claburn (7) and Esposito