Strong pitching and big bats were once again the stories of the night, as Bulldogs softball beat the Moberly Spartans 10-0 in six innings.
Junior Danielle Baumgartner (6-4) hit a one-run-homerun in the first and struck out 11 to help the Bulldogs move to 10-6 (6-3). The Bulldogs added six more runs in the fourth and and two more in the sixth to put the game out of reach for the Spartans.
"We played well tonight," head coach Christina Gerber said. "We put the ball in play and made things happen."
Freshman D.J. Aaron got the Bulldogs started in the high scoring fourth inning by drawing a walk and stealing second. Senior Victoria Shaw followed Aaron by drawing a walk before senior Ashlie Woodruff hit a single to load the bases. Junior Haley Test brought Aaron home on a single before junior Alison Mudd hit a three-RBI double to score Shaw, Woodruff and Test.
Baumgartner reached first on an error and sophomore Sydnee Playter came on as a courtesy runner, before junior Karen Baker also reached on an error. Aaron came to bat a second time, hitting a single to bring Mudd home and Shaw hit a two-RBI single to give Mexico seven runs in the fourth.
Baker started the sixth inning with a single and stolen base and Abby Dick drew a walk. Aaron reached on an error to load the bases before Baker scored on a passed ball. Shaw returned to the plate, hitting into a fielder's choice that allowed Dick to score and give Mexico the team's final run of the night.
The junior varsity Bulldogs beat the Spartans 10-0 in three innings. Freshman Kenzie Robnett was the winning pitcher, striking out eight and allowing just one hit. Robnett played well behind the plate as well, hitting a two-run homerun in the second inning.
Sophomore Ashlee Morton had two hits, a first inning triple and third inning single and Aaron had a third inning double and second single. Sophomore Morgan Hall had a second inning double and Fischer and Brown had a single each.
Bulldogs softball plays again Saturday at the highly competitive Centralia Tournament.
GOLF: After a tough loss to the Rock Bridge Bruins Tuesday, Bulldogs golf bounced back to take second place in the Brookfield Tournament.
"Yesterday we had one goal, to relax and enjoy a day of golf," coach Lindsey Yancey said. "With the frustration level being so high for all the girls it was important that yesterday remain relaxed and with as little stress as possible."
Kaylee Stone was Mexico's top performer, shooting 89 over 18 holes to take second place. Layne Ray, Jessica Slagle and Abigail Hoer all shot well enough to medal for the Bulldogs. Brookfield's Nicole Liebhart took top individual honors, shooting 86.
Page 2 of 2 - "Overall I am very pleased with the performance of this team, they really took this goal to heart and got back to what they love to do," Yancey said. "I enjoyed watching all of them play yesterday and seeing how focused they were on their own game, that is a good sign. We are very happy to have turned in another tournament score under 400 and hope to continue that for the rest of the season."
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2. Kaylee Stone 89 (41/48)
4. Layne Ray 99 (48/51)
11. Jessica Slagle 103 (52/51)
13. Abigail Hoer 107 (54/53)
Abby Gooch 109 (53/56)
The Bulldogs improve to 20-6 with the performance. They return to the links Monday at Kirksville.