Tuesday's varsity softball game had everything Mexico could ever want as far as challenges go because not only did it have to travel to Marshall for a North Central Missouri Conference road game, but the contest also double as the first of 2018-19.

The Lady Bulldogs were seemless in the way they picked up where they left off at the end of 2017-18 when they won the league championship by scoring two runs in the first inning and two more in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead on the way to winning 7-0. Earning this complete-game victory in the circle for Mexico was Paytience Lawson-Holman after allowing no earned runs on three hits and a walk with 12 strikeouts.

"The team played well tonight defensively. We played error free ball behind Paytience, who also kept hitters off balance," said coach Keith Louder. "Offensively we had better at bats than we did at the Jamboree which was good to see. "(We) popped the ball up a little more than I'd like to see, but several of those balls fell in for hits."

Heading up this initial effort of the campaign for the Lady Bulldogs at 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and one RBI was Hayley Mills, Mattie Roth was good for a hit, one sacrifice fly and two RBI in two at-bats and going 1-for-3 with a double, one steal and two runs was Taylor Sherrow. Aaryn Sampo also came through at 1-for-3 with a scarifice fly, one RBI and a steal, Lawson-Holman put up a double and an RBI in four trips to the plate and laying down a 1-for-4 performance was Logan Blevins.

"All in all, a good first game. It was nice to be back on the field in game action. This will have to serve as a warm-up for the Battle Tournament this weekend," Louder said. "We play Eldon at 3:15 p.m. and Battle immediately following on Friday to open pool play. There wasn’t a JV game due to Marshall not having enough players."

Mexico, 1-0 overall, 1-0 NCMC, is at Kirksville for a league game on Tuesday and on Sept. 6 the squad has a NCMC contest at Hannibal.