The last time the Mexico varsity girl's softball team played Battle it won 3-2 in the fourth and final game of the Spartan's tournament on Aug. 25-26.
In the rematch at Battle on Wednesday the Lady Bulldogs once again came out on top, this time by a score of 7-5 in 11 innings.
"Ditto is all that can be said. (This was the) second game this week and the second extra inning game," said coach Keith Louder. "Mexico had a big first inning scoring four on RBI hits by Lawson-Holman, Blevins and Shaw."
Because Mexico grabbed advantages of 4-1 in the first inning and 5-2 in the fifth, Battle wasn't able to tie the score until it scored three in the sixth. That paved the way for four scoreless innings before the Lady Bulldogs finally drove home two runs in the 11th to earn this non-conference victory.
"Battles big inning came on a two out, bases loaded triple in the bottom of the sixth. It was important that we recorded the third out in the sixth without allowing the runner from third to score the go ahead run," Louder said. "After the sixth the game turned into a defensive struggle between the two teams highlighted by a diving catch by Mattie Roth going into the left centerfield gap."
Helping bridge that extra-inning offensive gap for Mexico was Aaryn Sampo with two hits, two walks, a steal and one run in four at-bats, Logan Blevins went 2-for-5 with two RBI, two runs and a walk and Hayley Mills was 1-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Reghan Smith also charted a hit, a sacrifice bunt and one run in five trips to the plate, Taylor Sherrow came in at 1-for-5 with two steals and Lauren Quinlan scored twice.
In the circle this game was a marathon for the Lady Bulldogs highlighted by Paytience Lawson-Holman allowing five earned runs on 10 hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts to earn the complete-game decision
"The game winner in the 11th came on a two out double by Hayley Mills into the right field gap scoring Lauren Quinlan and Logan Blevins," said Louder. "I think this was the longest game of my coaching career, with many emotional turns through out. These girls never lose their composure and believe they can win the close games."
Mexico also had 10 hits for the game.
The JV contest was cancelled because of lightning.
The Lady Bulldogs, 13-6 overall, 8-0 North Central Missouri Conference, is at the Centralia Tournament this weekend.