The road is never an ideal place to play a North Central Missouri Conference varsity softball game, but since that's where half of those contests are going to take place, Mexico head coach Keith Louder had his team ready to go by the time it arrived at Fulton on Thursday.
The Lady Bulldogs were so primed to launch, in fact, they jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning on the Lady Hornets thanks, in part, to a 2-for-5 performance by Aaryn Sampo that included a homerun, two RBI and a run that the team turned into a 6-1 league victory at Fulton.
Complimenting Sampo's effort was Paytience Lawson Holman, who went 3-for-4 with a walk in addition to allowing one earned run on four hits and a walk with six strikeoutss in seven innings in the circle to earn the complete game decision.
"We got out to an early lead tonight and were able to make it stick. An Aaryn Sampo 2-run homerun in the first on a 3-2 pitch set the tone," said Louder. "The defense and pitching were again solid allowing only four Fulton hits. This was a good conference win as well as a district opponent. We will take the field again (Friday) at 2:00 pm in the Capitol City Tournament in Jefferson City against Lee’s Summit."
With Mexico also outhitting charting 14 hits for the contest, posting a double, a single, two RBI, a sacrifice fly and one walk in two at-bats was Abby Oetting, Taylor Sherrow put on a display that included going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a steal and Mattie Roth went 2-for-4 with a run. The Lady Bulldogs got a hit each from Kaylee Jones, Logan Blevinsand Reghan Smith, as well.
In the JV game Mexico's Riley Thurman went 2-for-2 and Jordain Barnett and Rozalyn Schneider both came in at 1-for-2, yet Fulton still won 5-0 in five innings. In the circle for the Lady Bulldogs Catlina Arnold gave up three earned runs on four hits and two hit batsmen with one strikeout to get stuck with the complete-game decision. The Mexico JV now has a record of 1-3 overall.
The Lady Bulldogs, 7-2 overall, 3-0 NCMC, host Marshall on Monday and are at Moberly on Tuesday, both of which are conference contests.