After splitting the conference title with Kirksville the last two years, every meeting between the Bulldogs and Tigers this fall has been intense. In early September, Mexico lost a pitcher's duel to the Tigers on the road, 3-0. At the Jefferson City Tournament one week later, the Bulldogs won in a shootout, 11-10.
In Wednesday night's final regular season meeting between the two teams, the Bulldogs came out on top, 4-0 at Gallop Field.
"Tonight we played solid all around," head coach Christina Gerber said. "We made great defensive plays and we hit the ball hard. This was a great win."
Monday's game bore more resemblance to the first meeting than the second, with strong pitching and defensive play on both sides. The Tigers held the Bulldogs hitless until the fourth inning, but Mexico's pitching was better. Junior Danielle Baumgartner gave up just one hit, a seventh-inning two-out double, and recorded five strikeouts and two walks to secure the win.
Baumgartner had a great night behind the plate as well. After a fourth-inning single by sophomore Laura Fischer, Baumgartner hit a double. The hit was deep enough for Fischer to score all the way from first and give the Bulldogs the go-ahead run.
The Bulldogs scored three more in the fifth. Senior Victoria Shaw started the inning off by reaching on an error and advanced to second on a single by senior Ashlee Woodruff. Junior Alison Mudd then proceeded to reach first on a fielding error that left the bases loaded.
Fischer returned to the plate and hit into a fielder's choice, leaving the bases loaded but forcing Shaw out at home. A fielding error then allowed Woodruff to score and Baumgartner to reach first before junior Karen Baker hit an RBI-single to bring Mudd home. Junior Abby Dick followed with an RBI-single to score Fischer and give the Bulldogs their final run of the evening.
The victory improves the Bulldogs record to 13-6 (8-3 NCMC) as they conclude conference play tonight at Fulton.
In the junior varsity game, the Bulldogs lost 6-4.
Freshman DJ Aaron had two-RBIs, sophomore Sydnee Playter and freshman Kensie Robnett had an RBI each. Fischer and freshman Sydny Hull had one hit each.
After a number of close losses against NCMC opponents, Mexico tennis notched its first victory in two years, 7-5 at Hannibal.
"We are all very excited; this is the team's first win in two years," coach Katrina Dukes said. "I am very proud of our girls. All of the matches were close and they battled for every point."
Seniors Nandita Tharpar and Nutcha Pongsuea and sophomores Shyann Gordon, Kerrie Ahrens and Julianna Wortmann came away with singles victories to give Mexico an early advantage heading into doubles.
Page 2 of 2 - During doubles, Tharpar and Gordon came away with another victory and freshman Alexis Atkinson and sophomore Olivia Kerr teamed up to secure the Bulldog victory.
The Bulldogs travel to Fulton Saturday for the NCMC tournament.
1. Nandita Tharpar 10-1 Courtney Northcutt
2. Nutcha Pongsuea 7-5 Alexis Houser
3. Shyann Gordon 10-2 Kaitlyn Willing
4. Kerrie Ahrens 10-5 Caitlyn Bueler
5. Julianne Wortmann 11-9 Mackenzie Lane
6. Emily Polacek 8-10 Baylie Heibel
1. Tharpar/Gordon 6-3 Northcutt/Houser
2. Pongsuea/Wortmann 4-6 Willing/Bueler
3. Ahrens/Polacek 2-10 Lane/Heibel
4. House/Lierheimer 4-10 Yarrington/Thomeczek
5. Bellamy/Finck 6-10 Heibel/Deien
6. Kerr/Atkinson 10-8 Nelson/Turl
1. Delanie/Jones 8-2 Jayden/Ash