Just like a wealth of other programs from all across the state, the Mexico varsity softball team was at the Capital City Tournament in Jefferson City last Friday and Saturday, and when you select from a field that wide what comes out of it is rarely an easy draw.
For the Lady Bulldogs that meant playing their final game against Rock Bridge. Mexico was up to the task, though, scoring twice in the third after Rock Bridge put up a run in the second. Mexico then sent another runner home in the fourth, and when both squads scored in the sixth, that made it a 4-2 game. The event format then forced this contest to end after six innings because of the time limit shortly there after to give the Lady Bulldogs their third win in four games.
"We had a good weekend," said coach Keith Louder. "After losing the first game to Lee's Summit 3-1, we bounced back with three wins over, Fatima, North Callaway and Rock Bridge to win the consolation side of the bracket."
With Mexico having outhit Rock Bridge 8-6 for this contest, setting the tone for these efforts was Taylor Sherrow at 2-for-3 with a run, Abby Oetting also went 2-for-3 with a homerun, one RBI and two runs and laying down two hits and two runs in three at-bats was Paytience Lawson-Holman.
Lawson-Holman also earned the complete-game victory after allowing two earned runs on five walks with eight strikeouts, Hayley Mills laid down a double and got hit by a pitch in two trips to the plate and Reghan Smith was 1-for-4 with a double and one RBI.
In game three to start things off Saturday morning the Lady Bulldogs downed North Callaway 14-5 on the strength of a 12-run first inning and 16 overall hits. This time around the name at the top of the hit list for Mexico was Smith at 4-for-4 with a double, one run, a steal and two RBI, Logan Blevins went 4-for-4 with a homerun, three RBI and three runs and Hayley Mills finished the game at 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Mills also earned the complete-game decision by giving up five earned runs on eight hits and five walks with one strikeout.
At the end of the last Friday the Lady Bulldogs took on Fatima and used eight total hits and a 1-for-3 showing by Aaryn Sampo with a run to come out on top 4-2. Mexico scored three runs in the third and one in the fifth, which Raigan Playter also played a big part in by going 1-for-3, Sherrow had a double in three at-bats and Lawson-Holman went 3-for-3 with a homerun, three RBI and a run.
Lawson-Holman allowed just two runs on four hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts to claim the complete-game win, as well.
At the very start of this tournament Mexico's initial opponent was Lee's Summit, but despite finally getting on the board in the sixth, it was the runs it gave up in the first, third and fifth innings that really cost the most. So, even though Mills only allowed two earned runs on six hits and a walk with three strikouts in six innings pitched, the Lady Bulldogs still lost 3-1. Going 1-for-3 were Lawson-Holman, Smith, Blevins, Shelbi Shaw and Oetting. Mattie Roth also had a sacrifice fly and one RBI.
"We get back to conference play (Monday) with a Varsity only contest with Marshall," said Louder. "No JV game (Monday). Marshall doesn't have a JV team."
Mexico, 10-3 overall, 3-0 NCMC, is at Moberly Tuesday for a league game and on Thursday the squad travels to Helias for a non-league contest.