Soccer, tennis both suffer losses
Sporting pink jerseys in order to raise money for the AMC Foundation, Bulldogs softball rallied behind strong defense to beat NCMC rival Boonville 5-1 Tuesday at Gallop Field.
"We played solid defense and hit the ball hard tonight," head coach Christina Gerber said. "It was a nice win."
The victory improves the Bulldogs to 12-6 (7-3 NCMC) as the team prepares to close the regular season with a difficult three game stretch against the Kirksville Tigers, with whom the Bulldogs have shared the conference title the previous two years, the Fulton Hornets and the undefeated North Callaway Thunderbirds.
The first Mexico run came in the third inning. Junior Haley Test hit a single and was advanced to third by a single from junior Alison Mudd and a walk drawn by sophomore Laura Fischer. A sacrifice fly by junior Danielle Baumgartner brought Test home.
In the fourth, freshman DJ Aaron hit a single before Test returned to the plate to smack a two-run home run and give the Bulldogs the lead. Mudd and Fischer had a hit each in the fourth, but were left stranded.
Mudd led off the sixth by drawing a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice ground ball by Fischer. Mudd then scored on an RBI-single by Baumgartner. Sophomore Ashlee Morton came to first as a courtesy runner for Baumgartner, still recovering from an ACL tear suffered last basketball season. A double by Baker brought Morton home to give the Bulldogs the final run of the evening.
Baumgartner was the winning pitcher for the Bulldogs, recording ten strikeouts, two walks and four hits.
During junior varsity action, the Bulldogs beat the Pirates 10-5.
Mexico softball returns to the field Wednesday, hosting Kirksville.
Bulldogs golf shot 387 to take first in the 11-team Kirksville Tournament Monday.
"It was a beautiful day and they were playing very well, just about back to normal after our recent slump," coach Lindsey Yancey said. "This was our last tournament before Conference and District and I'm so glad we had a good round, this really helps us on the mental aspect of the game."
Senior Kaylee Stone was Mexico's top performer, shooting 90 to earn second place honors. Senior Lane Ray finished fourth and junior Abby Gooch finished ninth to earn medals at the competition.
Bulldogs golf plays again tonight, hosting Hallsville, Centralia and Harrisburg at Arthur Hills.
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2. Kaylee Stone 44/46-90
4. Layne Ray 52/43-95
9. Abby Gooch 52/48-100
Abigail Hoer 50/52-102
Erika Smiley 57/60-117
Bulldogs soccer fell to 7-5, losing 6-1 to the Southern Boone County Eagles.
"Southern Boone is a very talented team," head coach Grant Johnston said. "Not only are they talented, they are incredibly deep. The sheer size of their program is overwhelming. They are able to substitute players in large rotations, keeping legs fresh. We do not have that liberty. We have been able to get out to a few fast starts in recent games, but have not been able to hold those leads. We are going to have to figure out a way we can play a full, solid 80 minutes."
The game was scoreless until the 20th minute, when senior Christian McKeown scored the first goal to give Mexico a 1-0 lead. The Eagles responded quickly, and scored three goals of their own before half. Southern Boone controlled the momentum through the second half, scoring three more to make the final score 6-1.
Mexico soccer returns to NCMC play tonight at Boonville.
Bulldogs tennis won just two junior varsity matches against Moberly Monday.
"When looking at the final scores, it is fair to say we competed in several of the matches, going 8-10 in a couple and 7-10 in one," coach Katrina Dukes said. "Many of the games were won at deuce. In conference play we play ten games in each set with no add, when you are at deuce it is just the next point wins. Unfortunately that is just how conference play is set up. It would be nice to see some of those games played out."
Mexico tennis concludes regular season play Thursday at Hannibal before traveling to Fulton Saturday for the NCMC tournament.
1. Nandita Tharpar 7-10 Emily McCarter
2. Nutcha Pongsuea 2-10 Amber Morris
3. Shyann Gordon 8-10 Aleesa Wolf
4. Kerrie Ahrens 8-10 Kelsey Fanning
5. Julianne Wortmann 3-10 Shelbi Snell
6. Emily Polacek 3-10 Amanda Washam
1. Lana Lierheimer 2-6 Colette Faiella
1. Tharpar/Gordon 2-10 McCarter/Wolf
2. Pongsuea/Wortmann 1-10 Morris/Fanning
3. Ahrens/Polacek 4-10 Snell/Washam
4. House/Lierheimer 3-10 Tustison/Finnell
5. Bellamy/Finck 8-10 Van Jura/Brand
6. Jones/House 1-8 Dawkins/Delp
1. Finck/Bellamy 6-1 Smith/Lyon
2. Jones/House 6-4 Huff/Derboven