The Mexico Bulldog baseball team opened its season Tuesday in a conference game at Marshall losing 6-4 to the Owls.
Hurting the Bulldogs was giving up some walks in the middle innings.
"They were able to put together some timely hits with the walks to score 2 runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings," stated MHS coach Keith Louder.
Mexico was down 6-1 but came back to score three to make it a close game. "I give our guys credit, we were down 6-1 and battled back. We put up a run in the seventh and had a couple of outs in the seventh to make the game close," said Louder.
Elijah Robinson was the losing pitcher for the Bulldogs going 3 2/3 innings with 4 strikeouts, and 5 walks.
Elijah Robinson 3 2/3 innings, 4Ks, 5W.
Tyler Brach 1/3 inning.
Cody Creed 2 innings, 5Ks, 1W.
Jake Willer, 2W, 2R scored.
Frank Nickoley 1-2, double, 1RBI, 1W, 1 hit by pitch.
Dylan Nance 1-4, 2 RBI.
Cody Creed 1-4, 1 RBI.
Matt Ridgway 2-4.
The junior varsity team won 6-3. D'Milo Nunnelly walked twice and scored 2 runs.
Chance Harper was the winning pitcher going 3 innings, with 6 strikeouts and allowing no walks. Thomas Clay pitched 2 innings, had 6 strikeouts and hit one batter.
Dalton Logerman was 1-1 with 1RBI and Austin Logerman was 1-2 with 3RBI.
Mexico High School girls soccer team recorded their second win in as many games and their first shutout of the season Tuesday when they played Fatima.
The only goal came in the first half in the 1-0 Lady Bulldog victory when Keagan Riddick scored in the fourth minute of the game. Bailey Reed assisted in the goal. Brittany Griffin, in goal for Mexico got the shutout.
"We were able to get the goal early, but really struggled throughout the rest of the night to put anything away. Fatima made a push real late in the game, but we were able to hold them off," said MHS Coach Brad Ellebracht.
The coach stated they started off the season with a couple wins, but more importantly, the team is getting better. "We saw a lot of improvement, especially in our young players, since our first game," he said.
Erika Smiley, Allison Smiley and Lauren Ralls played with a lot more confidence and effectiveness Tuesday than they did on Friday. Also, Rachel Owings and Sydney Schutte are really working hard at locking down the center of the back line and played a big role for Brittany Griffin (who played a real solid game).
Page 2 of 2 - "A lot of our game is a work in progress right now. We have freshmen and sophomores playing in really key spots all over the field. We are relying on their work rate and the leadership of players like Sammy Spurling, Melanie Worley and the other veterans, to make sure we get better every day," summarized the coach on his team.
Tuesday night was a varsity match only.
Mexico 2-0 returns home Monday when they play Helias Crusaders. The junior varsity game begins at 5 p.m. followed by varsity.
The Mexico High School boys golf season got off to a chilly start but had a good quad win Tuesday at Montgomery County Golf Club.
MHS, 3-0, opened with its top six players competing in the match against North Callaway, host team Montgomery County and Elsberry. Last year North Callaway edged Mexico, but this year the Bulldogs were able to keep a 26-stroke spread between NorCal and more than enough shots between Montgomery County and Elsberry to feel very comfortable.
Leading Mexico was Austin Kelsay with a 42, Brad Hutchinson had a 43, Jordan McNeil, 44, Vincent Perll, 45, Alex Bledsoe, 46, and Brock Lunceford, 50. Kelsay shared medalist honors with Kyle Latham of North Callaway.
The match today at Hannibal has been canceled and will be played April 1 with Hannibal, Highland and Centralia. Up next for the junior varsity and varsity will be Monday at California.
North Callaway 246
Montgomery County 291