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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Five teams see action on busy Tuesday for Bulldogs

  • Golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball played Tuesday night
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  • Tuesday was a busy night for Mexico sports with golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball seeing action.
    Bulldogs volleyball got a much needed win Tuesday beating NCMC rival Fulton 25-15, 25-17 at Gary Filbert Court.
    "We played as a team last night," head coach Rachel Leu said. "Two things that made a difference for us were that we served tough and passed well."
    After a series of agonizingly close losses, the win moves the Bulldogs to 3-5 for the season.
    Seniors Mayson Gotcher, Brooke Tessman and Kiersten Vestal recorded four digs each. Senior Macy Carmean had four kills and senior Remington Greenwell provided ten assists for the Bulldogs.
    The freshmen defeated the Hornets 25-11, 25-13 and junior varsity won 25-22, 25-21.
    Mexico volleyball returns to the court Thursday at Bowling Green.
    Mexico softball improved to 9-6 (5-3 NCMC) with a 11-0 road win over conference rival Hannibal. Freshman Kenzie Robnett was the winning pitcher, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out seven.
    "We played well tonight," head coach Christina Gerber said. "We made adjustments and hit the ball hard."
    The Bulldogs scored two in the first when junior Abigail Dick hit a two-RBI single to score juniors Alison Mudd and Karen Baker.
    Junior Haley Test hit an RBI-single in the second to bring senior Ashlie Woodruff home. Test scored on a single by sophomore Laura Fischer and junior Danielle Baumgartner hit a single to score Fischer before the inning was out, giving the Bulldogs a five run cushion over the Pirates.
    Freshman DJ Aaron led the Bulldogs off in the third with a single before stealing second. Robnett then hit an RBI-double to score Aaron and Test hit a two-RBI single in the same inning to increase the Mexico lead to 8-0.
    Junior Abby Dick hit an RBI-single and came home on a passed ball to give the Bulldogs two more runs in the fourth.
    Dick had one more RBI in the fifth inning to give the Bulldogs the final run of the game.
    In junior varsity play, the Bulldogs lost 2-4.
    Sophomore Morgan Hall recorded one strikeout, two walks and three hits from the mound. Fischer had two hits during the JV match and freshman Taylor Brown had a single.
    Bulldogs softball returns to the field Thursday when the team hosts NCMC rival Moberly at Gallop Field.
    On a rainy night, Mexico soccer fell to 7-4, losing 2-3 against the Hannibal Pirates.
    The game remained scoreless until the second half when senior Christian McKeown connected on an assist from sophomore Brock Fuemmeler.
    "The tandem between those two continues to be remarkable," head coach Grant Johnston said. "Although we hope this chemistry continues to grow, we would like others to step up offensively and compliment their production. We are still looking to get others involved on the stat sheet."
    Page 2 of 3 - The Pirates responded with three straight goals, putting the game out of reach for the Bulldogs who would not score again until the game's final minute, another McKeown goal assisted by Fuemmeler.
    "Hannibal's goals were mainly a product of our mistakes," Johnston said. "Poor positioning and awareness were the culprits. As a unit, our back four are still inexperienced; as the season progresses they will get more comfortable and their play will show it."
    Senior Aron Manns had a standout game, providing much needed energy for the Bulldogs offense.
    "Aron played one of his better games of the season, he is quickly finding his role on the offensive end," Johnston said. "He played incredibly aggressive tonight and that is what we expect from him. He provides a great spark for the team when we need it, and his drive to win the ball is second to none."
    The JV squad moved to 2-3-1, in a scoreless draw with the Pirates.
    After playing five games between Friday and Tuesday, the Bulldogs get a five day break, not returning to the field until Sept. 30 when they travel to Southern Boone County.
    Mexico golf lost to the Rock Bridge Bruins 214-172 Tuesday at the Mexico Country Club. Seniors Layne Ray and Kaylee Stone shot 51 each to lead the Bulldogs.
    "We are still in the middle of our mid-season slump, which is definitely not unusual for a team to experience," coach Lindsey Yancey said. " This is the point where the pressure really starts to build, and with golf being such a mental sport, that seriously affects scores. This match definitely does not reflect the ability of my players or my team as a whole and it does not reflect the work they have been putting into their practices."
    The Bruins' Sam Farmer brought home top-individual honors, shooting 40 over nine holes.
    Individual Scores:
    Varsity
    Layne Ray 51
    Kaylee Stone 51
    Abby Gooch 54
    Abigail Hoer 58
    Jessica Slagle 61
    Junior Varsity
    Erika Smiley 53
    Raegan Samm 66
    Brooke Ransom 73
    Haley Barnes 76
    Elizabeth Kasubke 80
    Mexico golf returns to competition Thursday at the Brookfield Invitational.
    Bulldogs tennis won two of nine varsity matches against the Palmyra Panthers Tuesday at Fairgrounds Park. The wins once again came from sophomore Shyann Gordon in singles and Gordon and Nandita Tharpar during doubles.
    Full results:
    Singles
    Varsity
    1. Nandita Tharpar 2-8 Lydia Wilson
    2. Nutcha Pongsuea 1-8 Brooke Meyer
    3. Shyann Gordon 8-4 Casey Johnston
    4. Kerrie Ahrens 1-8 Katie Easley
    5. Julianne Wortmann 2-8 Kerolyn Wright
    6. Paityn House 0-8 Olivia Hamilton
    Junior Varsity
    Page 3 of 3 - 1. Alexis Atkinson 2-6 Danika Bryant
    Doubles
    Varsity
    1. Tharpar/Gordon 8-3 Wilson/Meyer
    2.Pongsuea/Wortmann 6-8 Johnston/Easley
    3. Ahrens/ House 7-9 Wright Hamilton
    Junior Varsity
    1. Lierheimer/Polacek 1-6 Beck/Churchwell
    2. Finck/Bellamy 2-6 Althoff/Pettit
    3. Kerr/Jones 3-6 Klompien/Lane
    4. Lierheimer/Polacek 3-6 Stamper/DeHaan
    5. Kerr/Jones 2-6 McConnell/Bartels
    6. Finck/Bellamy 2-6 Snodgrass/Maples
    7. Atkinson/Polacek 3-6 Churchwell/Foster
    Bulldogs tennis returns to the court tonight at Marshall.

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