The Claymont Mustangs are 11-1 on the season after a hot start, with their latest victory coming against Ridgewood.
Claymont’s softball team has been dominant in every aspect of the game, scoring 125 runs on the season and holding their opponents to just 30 runs through 12 games.
“Working in the off-season has helped with our strong start. Our girls have put in a lot of time in the weight room and batting cages to help us become a team,” head coach Stacey Patterson said. “Working as a team and becoming team players have also helped us to win. There are multiple girls that have scored, hit, and made plays in games to win.”
The Lady Mustangs moved to 11-1 on the season after a shutout 3-0 victory against the Ridgewood Generals Tuesday evening. The shutout is Claymont’s fourth on the season.
Claymont added another W to the win column behind a four-hit performance against the Generals.
Makena Brown led the Mustangs in the box, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Hailey Fellows went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Nadia Alleshouse didn’t record a hit for Claymont, but her presence was felt on the bases. She drew two walks and scored two of the Mustangs’ three runs.
Meadow Duvall led the pitching attack for Claymont, going the distance, striking out five, and only allowing two hits.
The Lady Mustangs have an impressive 11-1 record, but it doesn’t come without work.
The Mustangs have dominated on the field this season, not allowing much past their defense. Patterson said that’s much in part because defensive drills have become a routine part of practice.
“We work on skills every day; before games and during practice,” she said. “We make skill routines a part of our day always. All offseason we were doing agility and reaction drills to keep us ready for the field.”
Team chemistry was a big emphasis entering the season, Patterson said.
“We have 16 girls that are willing to work hard for each other and back each other up when needed,” she said. “From our freshmen to our seniors everyone is willing to learn and be leaders when needed.”
Patterson said the goal is to be playing in June, but she wants to see Claymont continue to learn each game.
“The goal is always to be playing in June, but our biggest goal is to grow and learn each game we play and be better the next day,” Patterson noted. “Play as a team and work hard has been our motto since the off-season and it has really taken this team to another level.”
The Lady Mustangs only loss of the season comes at the hands of Steubenville 13-2.