LOWELL | This was worth the wait, at least for Munster.
Fourteen days after a Tax Day matinee began April 15 with one wild half-inning and torrential rains, the Times No. 6 Mustangs were able to collect a 15-0, five-inning Northwest Crossroads Conference softball victory over host Lowell on Monday night.
On April 15 Munster batted around in the first inning. A wet ball contributed to six consecutive walks to open the game, and the Mustangs led 5-0 after half an inning.
After three more unsuccessful attempts to resume the game, Munster (11-4, 6-2) finally kept the momentum through the fortnight and bested the Red Devils (7-7, 3-5) with three runs in the second inning and four more in the third.
“It’s nice any time you win a conference game,” Munster coach Beth Thornburg said. “That game (April 15) shouldn’t have started, but it gave us an advantage with the five runs.”
Freshman Madelynn Moore hit a two-run triple in the second and added a solo home run in the fifth to lead Munster’s 17-hit attack.
“It’s hard to come back to play again, but we’re really happy because the team did really good,” Moore said. “(To hit home runs) you’ve got to just swing and not think about it a lot.”
Taylor Michalski had two doubles, the first accounting for three runs in the third inning. Paige Kwasigroch added three singles.
Lowell had two hits.
Munster starter Carly Murphy struck out six batters and walked one in four innings before Cathy Lebryk mopped up the hitless final frame with a walk and two strikeouts.
Lowell coach Pete Iussig could not recall the last time his team had been beaten by the 10-run rule, but he said it had been years.
“(Munster’s) a nice team,” Iussig said. “They hit the ball well. They’re well-coached every year. Beth has a good team.”