Cherokee Trail softball had its bats working in a win over Mullen on Wednesday.
The Cougars hit five consecutive home runs in the third inning, going back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back as part of a 10-run inning. They ultimately hit six home runs in the 18-6 win with senior Hunter Gilbreath hitting two, and driving in five runs.
Also hitting home runs on Wednesday: Abby Rupeka, Jenna Medhus, Kelsey Bell and Cheyenne Ausborn.
Cherokee Trail is now 9-6 this season and one of three remaining unbeaten teams in Centennial League play at 2-0.
In the face of such a performance, Mullen displayed exemplary sportsmanship, specifically pitcher Morgan Margeson. In an email to the CHSAA office, home plate umpire Mike Coulter lauded her sportsmanship: "During this whole time [she] kept her composure, even smiled after the fourth one, kept her spirit up."
As it happens, Margeson led off the top of the fourth inning for Mullen with a double down the right-field line.
After the game, Coulter walked to the circle to speak with Margeson, and told her "that she just demonstrated the best of what high school sports is all about. I told her she should be proud that she set a standard of sportsmanship and grit [which] would be the envy of any high school athlete."
Coulter also applauded Cherokee Trail's sportsmanship in the game: "The whole Cherokee Trail team (coaches and players) did their best not to rub it in, which demonstrated a tremendous amount of sportsmanship," he wrote.