In 2017-18 the Mexico varsity softball team was riding high when it won the North Central Missouri Conference championship, yet somehow the squad was able to add to that accomplishment by claiming its initial two games of the Missouri State High School Activities Association season-ending tourney.

When the Lady Bulldogs then earned themselves the district title in extra innings at Hannibal against the league rival Lady Pirates, that simply put the season and everything that happened within it into a whole new perspective for this group, and with with that came and entirely new sense of pride. Since that time an enite offseason has passed an now it's time for Mexico to defend that championship despite the loss to graduation of outfielder Lauren Quinlan and first/third baseman MacKenzie Davis.

"This will be the third season this team will have played High School softball together. As the season progresses the key for us will be to remain focused on our goals and not become complacent," said head coach Keith Louder. "It's a worn out phrase, but work hard every day and take that to the field."

Last year the Lady Bulldogs had a record of 21-8 overall, 12-0 NCMC. In the four years Louder has headed up this program this team is 70-42 overall, 37-9 NCMC. As for how much longer that winning tradition will continue is unknown, though, because Louder just retired as a full time teacher, but he did just recently return on a part time basis.

"At this point we don't have any new players new to varsity," Louder said. "Since we are returning all but two of the varsity team from last year the competition is between the returning players for varsity time."

 

Returning Starters

Paytience Lawson-Holman - Pitcher (12)

Abby Oetting - Catcher (10)

Logan Blevins - First (11)

Reghan Smith - Second (11)

Aaryn Sampo - Short (12)

Hayley Mills - Third (11)

Taylor Sherrow - Left (11)

Mattie Roth - Center (12)

Raigan Playter - Right (12)

 

Key Returning Non Starters

Shelbi Shaw - Third (11)

Ashlee Owen - Left (12)

Kaylee Jones - Right (11)

 

MEXICO VARSITY SOFTBALL SCHEDULE 2018

DATE OPPONENT TIME

8-28 at Marshall 5:00 p.m.

8-31 to 9-1 at Battle Tournament 9:00 a.m.

9-4 at Kirksville 5:00 p.m.

9-6 at Hannibal 5:00 p.m.

9-11 at Centralia 5:00 p.m.

9-12 vs Boonville 5:00 p.m.

9-13 at Fulton 5:00 p.m.

9-14 to 9-15 Capital City Tournament 9:00 a.m.

9-17 vs Marshall 5:00 p.m.

9-18 at Moberly 5:00 p.m.

9-20 at Helias 5:00 p.m.

9-24 vs Kirksville 5:00 p.m.

9-26 vs Battle 5:30 p.m.

9-27 vs Moberly 5:00 p.m.

9-29 at Centralia Tournament 9:00 a.m.

10-3 vs Hannibal 5:00 p.m.

10-4 vs Fulton 5:00 p.m.

10-10 to 10-13 Districts 5:00 p.m.

10-17 Sectional TBA

10-20 Quarterfinal 11:00 a.m.

10-26 to 10-27 MSHSAA State Championships 9:00 a.m. in Springfield, Mo.