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The Muscatine softball bats woke up early Saturday at the Louisa-Muscatine tournament.

In the team's opener against West Liberty, the Muskie offense struck early and often, scoring two runs in the first inning, three in the second, one in the fifth and three in the sixth.

The 9-2 win set the tone for the rest of the day, as the Muskies went on to defeat Mount Pleasant 12-4 in Game 2 and Wilton 12-1 in Game 3.

"We kept our focus and stayed together − I think that was the biggest part of this weekend," Muscatine coach Jason Stoltzfus said. "Everybody got in, everybody had a job, everybody executed when they needed to, and we found a way in all three games."

While the entire Muskie lineup got involved Saturday, Morgan Hogenson had the hottest bat, going 9-for-10 at the plate with a home run and six runs batted in.

"Morgan Hogenson was ripping it up," Stoltzfus said. "She's really stroking the ball. I think everybody hit the ball well. It was just a solid performance by everyone." 

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Kaitlyn Bierman went the distance in the first game, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out eight. She also pitched three scoreless innings against Mount Pleasant after relieving Carrie Nelson, who gave up two earned runs on six hits over four innings.

In the final game, Carly Bates pitched five innings, giving up four hits and one earned run. 

Muscatine next faces Class 3A No. 1 Assumption Tuesday in Davenport.

In area competition, the tournament's host, Louisa-Muscatine, won two out of three. The Falcons defeated Columbus 17-0 and Wilton 7-3, but fell 2-1 to West Burlington-Notre Dame in their final game.

West Liberty managed to bounce back with two wins after losing its first game to Muscatine. The Comets beat Van Buren 7-1 in their second game and West Burlington-Notre Dame 6-3 in their final contest.

Despite losing its first two games, Wilton got a 10-0 shutout victory against Van Buren to end its day. 

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