Even though the Mexico varsity softball team has been in a good position in the North Central Missouri Conference since beating Fulton at home on Sept. 7, all good things must eventually come to an end.
For the Lady Bulldogs, their game at Kirksville on Monday proved to be one of their greater challenges so far this season, and while in took eight innings to get the job done, in the end the squad came out ahead 6-5.
"Another exciting game that went extra innings. We were able to establish and early lead only to watch in disappear," said coach Keith Louder. "Kirksville came up with a big two out three-run homerun in the third to get back within a run."
The Lady Bulldogs were up 3-0 in the first inning and 4-3 inn the third before Kirksville tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth. Both teams then scored once in the sixth to send the game to the extra-inning tied at 5-5.
"In the top of the eighth Hayley Mills lead off with an infield single which was followed by an Abby Oetting sacrifice bunt," Louder said. "Kirksville failed to cover third which allowed Mills to go from first to third on the bunt. A Raigan Playter ground out to short allowed Mills to score from third when the catcher was unable to field the throw from first cleanly."
Mexico's main weapon on Monday in league play was Paytience Lawson-Holman's 15 strikeouts, which came with four earned runs allowed on seven hits and no walks to earn the complete-game decision. Logan Blevins also rode this crazy-train to a double, one single, two runs and two RBI, Reghan Smith went 2-for-4 with a double and a run and Mills was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run.
"The bottom of the eighth proved uneventful with a foul pop up and two strikeouts to end the game," said Louder. "We keep playing very close games, but the girls find a way to come out on top”.
For the game Mexico had 10 hits.
In the JV game the Lady Bulldogs fell 5-3 despite Mackenzie Davis going 2-for-3 with two doubles and one RBI.
Mexico, 12-6 overall, 8-0 NCMC, is at Battle on Wednesday.