The Defenders then added two more runs in the fourth thanks to consecutive singles from Parker and Clemens before Carra Rishel later reached safely on an error ad drove in a run.
"We hit the ball well from top to bottom," Watson said. "We've told our girls our goal is to play stellar defense and score one run every inning; seven runs with good defense is going to be tough to beat."
Parker struck out nine of the 11 batters she faced through the first three innings, walking one to start the second and third innings.
The Mounties didn't start putting the bat on the ball until the bottom of the fourth when the first two outs came via flies. By that time though, the Defenders were already out to an 8-0 lead and had all the momentum.
The Defenders put the 10-run mercy rule into effect in the sixth inning thanks to a five-hit rally. Katy Swartz and Vermilya started the inning with back-to-back singles before Rishel had a clutch double deep to left to drive in two runs. Cortney Stahl then lashed a single two batters later to bring Rishel home with the 12th run.
The Mounties committed seven errors in the loss.
For the Defenders, the hitting breakthrough is something they -- Parker in particular -- are relieved with.
"It's very frustrating when we don't hit, especially when I'm out on the mound because there's a lot of pressure when we don't have runs," Parker said. "There's no pressure on me when we're up by a lot or even a couple runs. Now it feels better than we can come out and hit together and get a lot of runs."