Softball, football, soccer
SOFTBALL: The Lady Bulldogs softball team placed third in the Centralia Tournament over the weekend.
"Overall we had a good tournament. We came out strong against Harrisburg. In the Palmyra game we were not ourselves. We made errors that we normally do not make, but we were able to learn from it and put it behind us as we beat Moberly for third place, said MHS Coach Christina Gerber.
In the first game, Mexico beat Harrisburg, 7-1.
Mexico scored two runs in the first inning. Danielle Baumgartner led off the Lady Bulldogs with a double in the bottom of the first. Brooke Costley had a sacrifice bunt that advanced Baumgartner to third. Anne Baker then hit a ground ball that allowed Baumgartner to score. Abby Dick hit a double that scored Anne Baker. Also in the first inning, Karen Baker hit a single.
Baumgartner led off the third inning by reaching on an error. She then stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Anne Baker hit a single to score Baumgartner
In the fourth inning, Lauren Ralls drew a walk to start the inning for the Lady Bulldogs. She advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a ball hit by Alison Mudd.
Costley hit a single to start the fifth inning and scored off a two-run homerun by Anne Baker.
Baumgartner reached base again in the sixth inning on a dropped third strike. She then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Anne Baker had another successful at bat with a single to score Baumgartner. Also in the 6th inning Dick hit a single.
Harrisburg's only run came the top of the first inning.
Karen Baker (2-0) was the pitcher for the Lady Bulldogs. She recorded 4 strikeouts, no walks, and allowed 4 hits.
In the second game, Mexico lost 13-4 to Palmyra.
Palmyra began the game with 1 run in the top of the first inning.
Mexico also scored 1 run in the first inning. Danielle Baumgartner led the Lady Bulldogs off in the bottom of the first inning with a homerun. Brooke Costley hit a single followed by another single from Anne Baker. Abby Dick put down a sacrifice bunt to advance Costley and Anne Baker. Costley and Anne Baker were left stranded.
Palmyra scored two more runs in the second inning on one hit. In the third inning Palmyra scored 4 runs on 3 hits, and 1 run in the fourth inning on 4 hits.
The Lady Bulldogs were scoreless in the second, third and fourth innings. In the fourth inning Dick and Karen Baker both hit singles.
Mexico scored two runs in the fifth inning. Baumgartner hit a one-out single in the fifth inning followed by a single from Costley. Dick then hit a single to score both Baumgartner and Costley.
In the fifth inning, Karen Baker came in to pitch for Baumgartner. Palmyra scored 1 run on a walk and no hits.
Alison Mudd hit a one-out single to start the sixth inning. Baumgartner hit a double to advance Mudd to third. Costley then hit a single to score Mudd. Palmyra scored 4 runs in the sixth inning on 3 hits and 2 walks. Palmyra was held scoreless in the seventh inning.
Danielle Baumgartner pitched innings 1-4 and Karen Baker pitched innings 5-7.
Mexico returned to its winning ways in the third-place game against Moberly, victorious 12-6 in six innings.
Once again Danielle Baumgartner started the Lady Bulldogs off with a double. Brooke Costley hit into an out but advanced Baumgartner to third. Baumgartner then scored on a passed ball. Abby Dick hit a single and advanced on an error. Karen Baker then hit a single to score Dick. Madison White also hit a single in the first inning.
Victoria Shaw hit a single to start the second inning followed by a walk from Alison Mudd. Baumgartner hit a single to score Shaw. Costley had a sacrifice bunt to advance all runners. Anne Baker then hit a single to score Mudd and Baumgartner.
In the fourth inning, Moberly scored 1 run. Mexico answered back in the in the fourth inning with 3 runs when Mudd reached on an error and stole second. Baumgartner hit into an out that allowed Mudd to advance to third. Costley then hit into a fielder's choice with Mudd scoring. Anne Baker drew a walk, and Costley scored on a passed ball. Dick hit a single to score Anne Baker.
In the fifth inning, Shaw drew a one-out walk followed by a single from Mudd. Baumgartner reached on an error and scored Shaw. Costley then hit a single to advance all runners. Anne Baker reached on an error that allowed Mudd to score.
Moberly scored another run in the sixth inning.
Mexico once again answered back with 2 more runs in the sixth inning, to put the Lady Bulldogs ahead by 10 runs when Karen Baker drew a walk followed by a single from Paityn House. Karen Baker scored on a passed ball and House scored on a single from Shaw.
Danielle Baumgartner (9-2) was the pitcher for the Lady Bulldogs. She recorded 8 strikeouts, no walks, and allowed 4 hits.
Mexico is 11-2 over all and 9-0 in NCMC play.
FOOTBALL: Penalties and not converting on two first and goals hurt the Bulldog football team Friday in their 26-0 loss to the Boonville Pirates.
"We would move the ball down the field at times and then we would move backward with penalties and blown assignments," said MHS Coach Ty Harrison. "We had a first and goal on our first drive and we didn't convert. We had a first and goal on our first drive on the second half and didn't covert," he added. He went on to say the team needs to find some consistency and urgency on offense.
The Pirates produced better tackling defensively but for the most part the Bulldogs played pretty well on defense.
"We did give up a big play again but we are becoming more consistent and assignment sound on that side of the ball," said MHS Coach.
Leading the Bulldogs on defense were Keenan Campell with 13 tackles, Tyler Bracht, 12, and Karsten Ekern, 11. On the offense Jamel Taylor had 10 rushing attempts with 94 yards.
The Bulldogs, 0-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play, will be at home Friday when they host Warrenton.
SOCCER: The Bulldog soccer team lost to Fulton 3-1 Saturday morning in Fulton.
The Hornets scored twice in the first five minutes. Elijah Robinson cut the deficit in half when he scored in the 19th minute with the assist from Christian McKeown. Robinson's goal was the result of the team getting good touches and connecting passes. After the goal the team created several more scoring opportunities couldn't finish the play.
"We have trouble maintaining consistency for long stretches," stated MHS Coach Chris Hotop. He added the team will make some changes before today's game at Southern Boone.