It may have taken an additional three outs to get the job done, but the Mexico varsity softball team did finally get the better of Hannibal at home on Thursday in a North Central Missouri Conference contest 2-1 in eight innings.
"The game was ruled by the pitchers for six innings. Mexico received two walks to start the first, but was unable to capitalize," said coach Keith Louder. "Hannibal’s only hit of the game was a lead off slap infield single by Olivia Pfeifer. She stole second. The next batter popped up on a bunt. The third batter of the inning put down a bunt, and Mexico made its only error of the game-throwing wide of first that allowed Pfeifer to score."
Guiding this ship to port for the Lady Bulldogs to earn the complete-game victory was Paytience Lawson-Holman after allowing no earned runs on zero walks and a hit with nine strikeouts. Lawson-Holman also charted a hit, one RBI and a sacrifice bunt in three at-bats, Logan Blevins went 2-for-3 with a homerun, a double, one run and one RBI and Aaryn Sampo came in at 1-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt, a walk, one steal and a run.
"In the bottom of the seventh with one out Blevins tied the game with a no doubt homerun over the right field fence," Louder said. "In the bottom of the eighth with two outs Aaryn Sampo reached on a single up the middle. She stole second base and Hannibal misplayed a grounder to third by Reghan Smith that moved Sampo to third. Paytience Lawson-Holman then singled to left to drive in the game winning run. Logan’s clutch homerun kept us alive, and a two out rally finished the deal."
In the JV game Mexico lost 13-0 despite Caleigh Wuger going 1-for-1 with a double and one RBI. Maddie Rhoades also drew a walk and scored once.
The Lady Bulldogs, 6-2 overall, 3-0 NCMC, hosts Centralia on Tuesday.