Heading into the Mexico varsity softball home game on Thursday against Fulton, these two teams were tied for first place in the North Central Missouri Conference with a league record of 4-0.
Seven innings and one late-game comeback later and the Lady Bulldogs are now first in the NCMC after beating the Lady Hornets 9-8.
"Exciting game. We dug ourselves a hole in the fourth inning with two early errors in the inning, then Fulton strung together some hits and created a big inning," said coach Keith Louder. "Once again, to our girls credit they never quit. For the third time in the last week, we came back in the bottom of the seventh to tie or win a game."
Mexico got off to a good start in this game and was up 2-0 in the first inning and 4-0 in the third before Fulton turned the tide by jumping ahead 6-4 in the fourth and 7-4 in the fifth. The Lady Bulldogs then scored once in the sixth to make it a two-run game, and because they saved their best inning for last, erupted in the seventh for three of the most important runs this team has scored all season.
"Mattie Roth opened the (seventh) with a double, followed by a hit by pitch for Shelbi Shaw. Raigan Playter reached on a fielders choice where no out was recorded," Louder said. "With the bases loaded and one out Aaryn Sampo singled to drive in two to tie the game. Reghan Smith drove in the winning run from third on a misplayed ball by the Fulton shortstop. Big win which puts us in sole possession of first in the NCMC."
In a contest that featured nine total hits for Mexico, going 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI was Mattie Roth, adding a hit, two RBI and a sacrifice was Hayley Mills and Logan Blevins was 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. Aaryn Sampo also went 1-for-4 with two RBI, one walk and a run, Taylor Sherrow came in at 1-for-4 and Paytience Lawson-Holman posted a 2-for-4 performance.
In the circle for the Lady Bulldogs Lawson-Holman proved even more valuable by allowing just one earned run on nine hits and no walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings to earn the complete-game decision.
In the JV game Abby Oetting and Kaylee Jones each went 2-for-3 with a run, but Mexico still lost to the Lady Hornets 11-2.
"it was a tight game through the regulation five innings, but Fulton exploded for 10 in the extra inning," said Louder.
The Lady Bulldogs, 8-3 overall, 5-0 NCMC, was at the Capital City Tournament Sept. 8-9 and is at Marshall for a league game on Monday.