Softball, volleyball, golf and soccer

Mexico Lady Bulldogs recorded their first loss of the season Thursday against the Helias Crusaders, in a game where both pitchers dominated the mound, allowing only 5 hits between the two of them with a final score of 1-0 in favor of the Crusaders. Danielle Baumgartner (6-1) pitched all seven innings for the Lady Bulldogs with 5 strikeouts, no walks and allowing 4 hits. For the Crusaders Paxton Welch allowed only one hit.
The only run in the game came in the second inning when Helias had one hit and executed a suicide squeeze play.
The Bulldogs only hit came in the sixth inning when Baumgartner had a single with two outs, stole second, but was left stranded at second. Mexico had three base runners on the night with Abby Dick reaching on catcher's interference, Anne Baker with a walk and Baumgartner's single. Also on the night Dick had a sacrifice bunt to advance Anne Baker to second.
"Tonight is the type of game that makes us a better team. We made adjustments at the plate a little too late tonight, but we learn from it and we move on to Kirksville Monday night next week. Defensively we played well, but we couldn't get it done offensively tonight," said MHS Coach Christina Gerber.
The Lady Bulldogs are 7-1 overall and 7-0 in conference play.
In the junior varsity game, Mexico won 4-1. Sydney Schutte led the first inning with a one-out single, followed by another single from Courtney Inlow. Lauren Ralls hit into a fielder's choice with Inlow out at second. Paityn House then hit a single to score Schutte and Ralls. House stole second then Ashlee Morton came in as a courtesy runner for House. Emilee Rodenbaugh hit a single to score Morton. The Lady Bulldogs scored 3 runs in the first inning.
Mexico scored one run in the second with Katelyn Smith starting off with a double. Leslie Fischer hit into an out but allowed Smith to advance to third. Schutte then hit into an out allowing Smith to score.
Rodenbaugh hit a double in the third inning for the last hit on the night for the Lady Bulldogs.
The junior varsity's record is 6-1-1.

The Lady Bulldogs volleyball team traveled to Hannibal Thursday for a conference game with the Lady Pirates with Hannibal taking the match 25-15 and 25-9.
"I was pleased with how we played in the first game. We had some good defensive plays, unfortunately Hannibal proved to be too tough. They were able to keep us from making good passes on serve receive and built a comfortable lead in the second game," said MHS Coach Rachel Leu. Overall Leu thought her team did what they could against the Pirates. "Hannibal is the top team in our conference, but we still did good things against them," add the coach.
For Mexico Mary Davis had 3 kills and 1 block; Kiersten Vestal had 2 kills; and Remi Greenwell had 4 digs.
Mexico, 2-5 overall, plays at home Monday against Fulton.
The junior varsity lost 25-9 and 25-6.

Thursday night was the Lady Bulldogs golf team's first experience playing in colder weather. While it didn't rain, the wind was very brisk and the temperature was in the 60s.
Teams in the match Thursday at Oak Hills Golf Center were Hickman 178, Helias, 194 and Mexico, 215.
"The girls came into this competition with the right mentality, we were not expecting to win but when playing opponents much better than us we were watching what they did, to learn good habits and techniques. I am pleased with how my team played, they stayed consistent and played a tough course fairly well," said MHS Coach Lindsey Yancey. She added, the girls are focused on getting the most out of their remaining matches and ending the season strong. "We have two weeks to district competition and our ultimate goal is to do well there," said the coach.
Mexico's record is 16-4.
Medalists in the match were Patricia DeCastro and Kasey Nichols 43 (both from Hickman).
Layne Ray 50
Haley Auwarter 53
Abigail Hoer 56
Kaylee Stone 57
Jessica Slagle 56
Christina Head 60
Abby Gooch 62
Sarah Jeffries 63
Erika Smiley 67
Brittany Lucas 70

The Bulldog soccer team playing their first game in the Moberly Tournament defeated Montgomery County by the score of 10-0.
The Bulldogs struck early when Christian McKeown scored in the third minute with a goal from an assist by Elijah Robinson. The Bulldogs went on to score 3 more goals in the first half with a halftime score of 4-0.
In the second half Colin Cosby recorded 4 assists in a 7-minute span. "It was a great display of unselfishness from Colin in setting up his teammates," stated MHS Coach Chris Hotop. Cosby ended the evening with 1 goal and 5 assists.
Rounding out the scoring were: Christian McKeown 3 goals, Elijahn Robinson 2 goals and 1 assist, Segey Comerzan 2 goals, Brock Fuemmeler 1 goal and 1 assist, Jacob Lauer 1 goal, Rory McKeown 1 assist, and Sean Kelly 1 assist. Tyler Warmbrodt in goal for the Bulldogs got the shutout.
The Bulldogs return to Moberly today when they play Fort Osage at 7 p.m.