As the 2017 varsity softball season progresses, Mexico pitcher Paytience Lawson-Holman has only been getting better.
On Tuesday her season reached a new plateau by virtue of holding Moberly to no hits and no walks with 12 strikeouts in five innings to help guide her team to an 11-0 home North Central Missouri Conference victory.
"This was a great game to finish a long stretch where we played nine games in eight days. The offense took advantage of several walks and hit by pitch passes," said coach Keith Louder. "Reghan Smith had a big night at the plate, as did Logan Blevins. Lawson-Holman was dominant in the circle, striking out 12 of 16 batters faced. The only Moberly runner reached in the fourth on an error."
The Lady Bulldogs were in control of this game from the start and established leads of 4-0 in the first inning and 8-0 in the second prior to scoring twice in the third and once in the fourth.
Marshaling this 10-hit parade for Mexico was Aaryn Sampo at 2-for-3 with three runs, Reaghan Smith had a three-run homerun, one double, a walk, four RBI and three runs and Logan Blevins was 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBI. Lawson-Holman also came in at 1-for-2 with two RBI, Mattie Roth went 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk and Lauren Quinlan was 1-for-1 with two runs.
In the JV game the Lady Bulldogs only gave up two hits and won 13-1 in three innings.
"This was a strange game in that Mexico received 12 walks and five hit by pitch," Louder said. "We scored 13 runs without the opportunity to swing the bat."
The Lady Bulldogs, 11-6 overall, 7-0 NCMC, have a league game at Kirksville on Monday.