Softball and volleyball struggle in losses

The Bulldogs dominated Elsberry High School Tuesday night, outshooting the Indians 23-2 on their way to a 5-0 victory in local soccer action.
"We're happy to start the season with a win," head coach Grant Johnston said after the game. "The guys came out and played hard tonight."
Mexico controlled the game from start to finish, using solid ball movement to open the field and remaining on the offensive throughout. Senior midfielder Christian McKeown led the Bulldogs with two goals and two assists.
"Christian showed every bit of his leadership abilities on the field today," Johnston said. "That is exactly what we expect from him and that is exactly what he gave."
Senior midfielder Kyle Bailey, sophomore forward Brock Fuemmeler and freshman midfielder Miguel Vega scored one goal each. Sophomore midfielder Beau Talley was credited with one assist. Senior goalkeeper Tyler Warmbrodt was credited with the shutout, assisted by solid defensive play from sophomore Ben Miller.
"Ben showed a ton of aggression and was consistently the first to win the ball," Johnston said.
The win is a positive start for the Bulldogs, who have made it their goal to win a district championship this year.
"Winning a district championship is something that we've never done as a team," Johnston, who is in his first year coaching for MHS said. "As far as I'm aware, we've never been better than .500, but the guys have made it clear that is their goal for the season."
Mexico hosts NCMC rivals Fulton Thursday.
The Bulldogs volleyball team struggled against the Southern Boone County Eagles Tuesday night, losing in two games 13-25, 13-25.
"We basically started off in a hole, we played scared," head coach Rachel Leu said after the match. "When we do that our communication breaks down. They simply outplayed us."
Communication and aggressive play will be the keys to success this year for the Bulldogs, who hope to improve on last year's four win season in which they repeatedly suffered close losses.
"The record last year didn't reflect how competitive we were," Leu said. "We lost really close matches in the end. We want to turn those losses into wins, we have high expectations."
In JV action, the the Bulldogs won in three games. After a 21-25 loss, the team came back to win the next two games 25-21, 25-19.
"The JV team played how we want to see them play," Leu said. "They got down early but they never gave up."
The Bulldogs next face Kirksville Thursday on the road.
On the softball field, Junior Danielle Baumgartner had four strikeouts and the Bulldogs left four runners stranded as they lost on the road to the Kirksville Tigers 3-0 Tuesday.
"Tonight was a tough loss," head coach Christina Gerber said. "We played well defensively and got ourselves out of some jams. Kirksville played solid defense as well. We had several opportunities to score but didn't get it done tonight."
Junior Allison Mudd had two hits in the first and sixth innings to lead the Bulldogs behind the plate. Junior Abby Dick and sophomore Laura Fischer hit a single each in the second as Mexico moved to 1-1 (1-1 NCMC). Baumgartner allowed eight hits and had two walks against the Tigers, who scored three runs in the sixth.
The Bulldogs host the Hannibal Pirates Thursday at Gallop Field.