Tennis, volleyball fall at home
Junior Danielle Baumgartner struck out seven and had three RBIs, including a one-run homer in the third, as Bulldogs softball moved to 8-5 (4-3 NCMC) on the season with a 7-0 win over the Helias Crusaders Thursday in Jefferson City
"We played as a team tonight," head coach Christina Gerber said. "Defensively when runners got on, we didn't let it bother us. We made the next play and held Helias to zero. Offensively we put the ball in play and kept putting runs across the plate throughout the game."
The Bulldogs struck early when junior Alison Mudd scored off a double by Baumgartner. After leading the Bulldogs off with a single, Mudd had advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Laura Fischer before scoring what would turn out to be the only run the Bulldogs would need on a night where the defense held the Crusaders to just four hits.
Freshman DJ Aaron led the Bulldogs with a single in the second. Aaron advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Ashlee Morton and a grounder by senior Ashlie Woodruff. Junior Haley Test then drew a walk and stole second before Mudd's second hit of the night brought the Bulldogs to 3-0 lead.
In the third, Baumgartner led with with a homerun and junior Karen Baker was left stranded after hitting a single.
The Bulldogs stretched the lead to seven by scoring three in sixth inning. After drawing a walk and advancing to second on a passed ball, Aaron moved to third on a single by Woodruff. Woodruff stole second and Aaron scored on the play before Mudd hit her third single of the night to move Woodruff into scoring position at third. A stolen base by Mudd gave Woodruff the opportunity to score Mexico's final run of the night.
With the win, Baumgartner's record improved to 5-3.
The JV squad lost 0-1 to the Crusaders, the team's only hits coming off the bats of Aaron and freshman Taylor Brown.
The Bulldogs play again when they host a junior varsity tournament at Gallop Field Saturday.
Mexico Tennis won just one doubles match against the Moberly Spartans at the Fairgrounds tennis courts before the matches were cancelled due to lightning in the area, a 10-5 victory by sophomores Emily Polacek and Lana Lierheimer.
The Bulldogs did not manage any singles wins, but coach Kristina Dukes is happy with the progress the young team has made throughout the season.
"I am very proud of the girls' efforts. They are competing in every game that is being played with many of the matches going to deuce," Dukes said. "We go to Moberly to play on the 30th of this month and I am sure that our winning side will improve."
1. Nandita Tharpar 5-10 Emily McCarter
2. Nutcha Pongsuea 4-10 Amber Morris
3. Shyann Gordon 6-10 Aleesa Wolf
4. Kerrie Ahrens 5-10 Kelsey Fanning
6. Julianne Wortmann 2-10 Shelby Snell
7. Paityn House 4-10 Amanda Washam
4. Polacek/Lierheimer 10-5 Tustison/Brand
5. Bellamy/Finck 4-10 Hays/VanJura
6.Kerr/Jones 1-10 Dawkins/Failla
Bulldogs Tennis takes to the courts again Monday when they host the Fulton Hornets.
Mexico volleyball moved to 2-5 after a loss to the Hannibal Pirates at Gary Filbert Court Thursday.
The Pirates beat the Bulldogs in two games 12-25, 20-25 but the games were much more competitive than the scores reflect. Head Coach Rachel Leu was happy with how the girls played, noting their increased competitiveness and aggression on the court.
"That's the team that I know we are; I was proud all the way around," Leu said. "That match was the most competitive we've been with Hannibal since I've been the coach here. After we lost to Centralia I think it shook our confidence but we've talked about it and the girls have regained that confidence."
Senior Macy Carmean had five kills for the Bulldogs senior Kiersten Vestal another three to lead Mexico's offense. Seniors Brooke Tessman and Mayson Gotcher were the defensive leaders. Tessman recorded ten digs while Gotcher had nine.
Mexico Volleyball continues NCMC play when the team travels to Fulton Monday to play the Hornets.