Softball, Mexico Middle School cross country, golf

SOFTBALL: On senior night, Mexico High School seniors Brooke Costley and Anne Baker began their last home game in regular season with hits in the first and third innings Thursday when Mexico beat Fulton 10-0 in five innings. Costley hit a one-out single in the bottom of the first inning, and Anne Baker then hit a double to score Costley.
With districts on the horizon next week, MHS Coach Christian Gerber was pleased with the way her team played Thursday night. "We played with energy and intensity tonight. It was a great game for the team as well as for our two seniors, Anne Baker and Brooke Costley, who were honored tonight. We made adjustments at the plate and hit the ball hard. Tonight's game secured us a conference championship for the second year in a row."
The third inning began with Danielle Baumgartner hitting her first of two one-run home runs. Costley and Anne Baker both followed with singles. Costley scored on wild pitch; Abby Dick hit into an out but scored Anne Baker. Karen Baker then hit a single and stole second. Madison White hit a single and Ashlie Woodruff came in as a courtesy runner. Karen Baker scored on an error on the catcher while Woodruff advanced to second. When the inning was over the Lady Bulldogs scored 4 more runs.
The Lady Bulldogs kept the scoring up in the fourth inning with five runs with another one-run home run by Baumgartner. Costley was hit by a pitch, and Anne Baker reached on an error. Dick hit into a fielder's choice with Anne Baker out at second. Karen Baker came up to the plate and hit a single to score Costley. Errors on the play also allowed Dick to score. Victoria Shaw drew a walk and White hit a single to score both Karen Baker and Shaw.
In addition to being hot at the plate, Danielle Baumgartner, (11-3) pitched a two-hitter. She recorded 8 strikeouts and allow no walks.
Mexico, 13-4 overall and 11-1 in NCMC plays Monday at North Callaway before they begin district play at home at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Macon.

MMS CROSS COUNTRY: All in all Mexico Middle School cross country coach Bucky Green thought his kids ran improved matches, but it was difficult to gage because the course was a bit long. The pack time for the boys was helped a great deal by the addition of Marquis Smith (7) to the rest of the top five including Marcus Moore (22) Caleb Robertson (25) Tyler Brandow (49) and Caden Freeman (63). On the girls side, Kellee Smith ran an improved race as well as Alyssa Cupp, Shannon Stice and Ana Minnick. The boys team finished five out of 11 teams with 116 runners and the girls were 9 out of 10 teams with 86 runners

7 Marquis Smith 10:50 M
22 Marcus Moore 11:36 M
25 Caleb Robertson 11:37M
49 Tyler Brandow 12:41
63 Caden Freeman 13:15
73 Brennan McIntosh 13:37
75 NIck Cortez 13:41
78 Nick Huneman 13:55
92 Andrew Weber 14:53
97 Raith Palmer 15:04
103 Dhruv Prajapati 15:16
108 A.J. Vittone 16:03

26 Kellee Smith 13:13
33 Elizabeth Fincke 13:30
42 Alyssa Cupp 14:01
44 Shannon Stice 14:04
66 Ana Minnick 15:17
71 Dajera Aaron 15:34
74 Sophie McKeown 15:39
75 Grace Kerr 15:41
81 Mollie Kaiser 7:45
The next meet will be Monday at 4 p.m. at Green's Estate Park.

GOLF: This regular season ended perfectly for the Lady Bulldogs golf team. Mexico won 207 to Harrisburg's 234.
"We ended with a strong win against a district rival with several of our girls playing very strong golf. With our varsity team starting to get back to their averages, with a couple shooting below their average, this is a great way to go into post season play. I am very pleased with the last couple performances from Layne Ray, leading our team very consistently all season and recently coming on strong," said Lindsey Yancey, MHS coach.
Kaylee Stone has turned a corner in her play, recently finding a swing that works for her and is really relying on her strengths.
"I have said this all season, but I could not be more proud of the girls on this team. Not only are they putting wins in the book, they are playing the game of golf how it was meant to be played. They consistently show good sportsmanship, honesty and integrity while on the golf course and continue to perform in a way that reflects well on MHS and the community of Mexico. The support we've seen from our school and community has really helped the girls in down times and we have loved sharing successes with all who follow our team. We are hoping for some good golf on Monday, at the district tournament," said the coach.
Mexico ended its regular season record is 27-11.
Layne Ray, 45 M
Kaylee Stone 49
Haley Auwarter 54
Abigail Hoer 59
Jessica Slagle 59
Erika Smiley 59
Abby Gooch 53
Sarah Jeffries 64
Brittany Lucas 66
Christina Head 68