Once the Mexico varsity softball team completes its time at the Capital City Tournament on Sept. 8-9, it goes right back to running the gauntlet otherwise known as the North Central Missouri Conference.

As for the next stop on this tour, on Monday the Lady Bulldogs will make the trip to Marshall, and considering how this matchup played out earlier in the year, another win by mercy might be exactly what this squad needs to put a stranglehold on the rest of the league.

Because Mexico's first attempt to host the Lady Owls was postponed due to rain on Aug. 22, this game didn't take place until the next day, Aug. 23, and resulted in an 11-1 win for the home team in five innings. Marshall's biggest problem that day was Paytience Lawson-Holman holding them to just one hit, but Abby Oetting's 2-for-3 showing with a homerun, two RBI and one run certainly didn't help.

More recently on Sept. 5 against Centralia the Lady Bulldogs showed no signs of falling off as Taylor Sherrow went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs and Logan Blevins and Mattie Roth both went 2-for-5 with a combined two RBI and one run.

Mexico, 7-3 overall, 4-0 NCMC, hasn't been any less relenting against its other league rivals. This includes an 11-1 victory on Aug. 29 at home against Kirksville. That night it was Reagan Player who grabbed the spotlight for the Lady Bulldogs by going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run, Hayley Mills had three doubles, two runs and one RBI in three at-bats and Lauren Quinlan added three runs and a steal.

"Another good game. The girl's played well defensively," said coach Keith Louder.

Marshall isn't without its strength's, though, a fact that was more than evident on Aug. 19 when the team got the better of Carrolton 14-1 according to maxpreps.com.

Much of what happens in this contest, as well as over the weekend in tournament competition, will be dictated by how Mexico did against league co-leader Fulton at home on Thursday. As for what lies ahead, even if the Lady Bulldogs are able to take the top spot in the NCMC from the Lady Hornets, they still have a weeks worth of road games that begin on Sept. 18 at Kirksville and run through the Centralia Invitational on Sept. 23.