The Mount View softball team had earned something Rockland wanted badly, namely a victory during the early stages of the high school season. So, on Friday, the visiting Tigers went out and grabbed their own win — at the host Mustangs’ expense.

Rockland secured its first victory of the campaign with a 17-4, six-inning decision over Mount View. With Friday’s outcome, both teams sit at 1-5 on the season.

The Tigers used strong all-around offense and solid pitching to upend Mount View. Rockland scored five runs in the second inning, four in the third, three in the fourth and five in the sixth to cement the victory. Mount View tallied one run in each of the fourth and fifth innings and two in the sixth.

For the Tigers, Natalie Russell (6 hits, 2 walks, hit batter, 8 strikeouts) pitched the win, while Hailey Giggey (15 hits, 13 walks, hit batter, 5 strikeouts) worked the circle for the Mustangs.

The key to the outcome was Rockland’s offense breaking out, led by Emma Davis (3 singles, 2 runs, RBI), Danica Gustin (single, 3 runs), Russell (single, double, triple, 3 runs, 3 RBIs), Hannah Plourde (2 singles), Hannah Hersom (single, run, RBI), Brittany Young (2 runs), Emily Bragg (run), Zoey Proctor (single, double, RBI), Kaylee Salo (single, run), Hannah Lacasse (2 singles, 2 runs, RBI) and Kayla McGuire (2 runs, RBi)

For the Mustangs, Rachel Andrews led the offensive charge with a single and triple, while Fran Stevens, Channing Murphy and Alonia Horton all had a single and run. Leeann Larrabee and Terri Belcher both finished with a single and Hall added a run.

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