With Class 2, District 8, competition beckoning them from the very near future, the North Callaway varsity girls softball team prepped for this inevitability by attending the Carthage Tournament last weekend.
Last Saturday the Ladybirds, 13-12 overall, wrapped up this event with a tight contest against Stoutland, 15-7 overall, that featured Cameron Knipp going 1-for-3 with a three-run homerun that was a really big part of the teams four-run rally in the fourth that allowed them to come out on top in this one 6-3. North Callaway also posted two runs in the sixth after allowing three in the second as Heather Thurman went 2-for-3 with a run and Kenzie Ausfahl earned the complete-game win in the circle.
"This was a good tournament for us," said coach Mariah McKee. "It's nice to go into district play on a hot streak."
Earlier that day North Callaway faced Life Prep out of Kansas and mercied them 16-1 in three innings. Going 3-for-3 was Makayla Pennell with a triple, three runs and one RBI and Claire Mosier went 2-for-2 with a double, one RBI and a run.
Prior to that last Friday during the initial session of this tournament North Callaway's day was much more sporadic and ended with the squad losing 19-4 in four innings to Neosho because of the 90 minute time limit. Taking the loss for the Ladybird's was Hayley Kimbley.
North Callaway actually began this tourney against defending Class III state champion Monet and was downed 5-0 despite the fact Ausfahl held them to just four hits.
The Ladybirds, 11-9 overall, don't have a game on Oct. 10 in the opening round of the playoffs and will start Class 2, District 8, against the winner of host South Callaway, 11-8 overall, vs Hallsville, 6-13 overall, on Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. The championship game will then take place on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.