Softball, golf, soccer and volleyball

It took nine innings, but the Mexico Lady Bulldogs came home with a victory against the Boonville Lady Pirates 8-5.
"We were tough tonight. Boonville played a good game against us. They took us to extra innings but our girls never gave up. They kept going and stayed intense throughout the game," said MHS Coach Christina Gerber.
Mexico was scoreless in the first inning. The Lady Bulldogs got on the scoreboard in the second inning when Karen Baker hit a lead-off homerun. The only run in the third inning came from the Boonville bats.
Mexico scored two more runs in the fourth inning when Karen Baker led off again by reaching on an error. Haley Test bunted and was able to advance Karen Baker to second and an error on the play allowed Test to reach safely. Victoria Shaw also reached on an error. Danielle Baumgartner hit a single which allowed Karen Baker to score. Test scored on a passed ball. Boonville scored one run in the fourth inning. The Lady Bulldogs were scoreless in the fifth inning after Anne Baker hit a single to lead off and stole second.
In the sixth inning Alison Mudd hit a single but Mexico could not capitalize on it and Mexico left the inning scoreless. The Lady Pirates took advantage of the Lady Bulldogs missed opportunity and scored one run to tie the game in the sixth.
Mudd also hit a triple in the eighth inning, but did not score.
Mexico's big inning came in the ninth with five runs. The inning started with Anne Baker getting hit by a pitch. Abby Dick hit into a fielder's choice with Baker out at second. Dick advanced to second on a passed ball. Karen Baker and Test both drew walks. With bases loaded Lauren Ralls reached on an error that allowed Dick to score; Karen Baker scored on wild pitch and Mudd hit a single to score Test. To end the scoring, Baumgartner hit a ground-rule-double to score Ralls and Mudd. Boonville add two runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Baumgartner (10-2) pitched all nine innings for the Lady Bulldogs. She recorded 9 strikeouts, allowed no walks, and allowed 9 hits.
"We were tough tonight. Boonville played a good game against us. They took us to extra innings but our girls never gave up. They kept going and stayed intense throughout the game," said MHS Coach Christina Gerber.
The Lady Bulldogs will be busy this week (weather permitting). Today they are at home against Sturgeon. Wednesday they travel to Kirksville for a makeup game. Then on Thursday they finish up conference play at home against Fulton. The Fulton game is senior night and the game starts at 7 p.m.
Mexico is 12-2 for the season and 10-0 in NCMC play.
The junior varsity team won 4-0 in three innings. Leslie Fischer led the game with a walk and eventually scored on a passed ball. Sydney Schutte hit a single and also scored on a passed ball. Two runs scored in the 1st inning.
Laura Fischer hit a single in the second inning, but no one scored.
In the third inning Katelyn Smith reached on a dropped third strike, Courtney Inlow reached on an error; Madison White hit a single to score Smith and Ashlee Morton hit into an out that allowed Inlow to score.
The JV's record is 8-2-1.
GOLF: Invitational Tournament Monday. Mexico's Layne Ray placed fifth overall. Mexico's record is 25-11.
"The Kirksville Country Club is usually one of our favorite courses to play. It is a beautiful place that is well cared for, and yesterday wasn't any different," said MHS Coach Lindsey Yancy. The main obstacle for the Mexico team (and most of the teams present) were the greens. The greens were mowed very close and played extremely fast, causing scores to be much higher than usual. When the score that wins the tournament was a 95 that shows how difficult the course was playing yesterday.
"This was a very good learning experience for our team because we played the ball down, which is how we will play for district tournament, and the greens made short game that much more important," state Yancey. Going through this experience is important, playing on a course where the players feel like they couldn't depend on their short game really reinforces the importance of chipping and putting and how much that affects of the game. This was a very frustrating day overall, but Jessica Slagle had a great day, shooting 52 on her front 9 which is her best 9 hole score this season.

Layne Ray Mexico 50 51 101
Jessica Slagle Mexico 52 61 113
Haley Auwarter Mexico 60 62 122
Abigail Hoer Mexico 61 65 126
Kaylee Stone Mexico 58 68 126

SOCCER: The Mexico soccer team lost to Southern Boone on Monday 5-0. "We put ourselves in a hole early allowing 3 goals in the first 10 minutes," stated Bulldogs Coach Chris Hotop. The score at haltime was 4-0. "We just didn't mark up on their players and gave them open shots on goal and they are too good of a team to let that happen," said the coach.
The junior varsity game ended 0-0.
The Bulldogs will be at home tonight against Boonville. JV starts at 5 p.m. with varsity to follow.
VOLLEYBALL: Mexico Lady Bulldogs volleyball team traveled to California on Monday. In the first game they lost 25-19. Mexico battled in the second game coming up short 26-24 (need to win by 2).
"Although last night was not a win for us, I felt we started playing how we are capable of. We finally started stronger, we now need to focus on controlling the number of unforced errors," stated MHS Coach Rachel Leu.
For Mexico Kiersten Vestal had 5 kills and 1 ace; Mayson Gotcher had 4 kills, 2 aces; and Remington Greenwell, had 2 aces and 11 assists.
The Lady Bulldogs (3-12) are on the road again tonight as they travel to Boonville.
The junior varsity also lost 25-20, 25-20.