Having just endured a tournament format that revolved around playing four games in two days at Battle High School over the holiday weekend, the Mexico varsity softball team might have seemed like they were ready to get upset on Tuesday heading into North Central Missouri Conference rival Kirksville.
After all, the Lady Bulldogs had just finished second at that event and that was no small task. Well, as it turns out, no matter where this squad goes Paytience Lawson-Holman is going to be there. So, what followed was no earned runs allowed on two hits and two walks with 19 strikeouts as she earned the complete game victory and her team came out ahead 12-0.
A dominate pitching performance by Paytience Lawson-Holman paired with hitting up and down the line up created the rout. Paytience recorded 19 of the 21 outs by strike out. Hayley Mills hit two 2-run homeruns and Lawson-Holman, Abby Oetting and Taylor Sherrow had three hits a piece. Out next game is at Hannibal on Thursday.
"A dominant pitching performance by Paytience Lawson-Holman paired with hitting up and down the line up created the rout," said Mexico coach Keith Louder. "Hayley Mills hit two 2-run homeruns and Lawson-Holman, Abby Oetting and Taylor Sherrow had three hits a piece. Out next game is at Hannibal on Thursday."
With an offensive attack that clocked 14 hits, Lawson-Holman's game was also strong in that department at 3-for-5 with three doubles and two RBI, Kaylee Jones added a walk and two runs and Ashley Owens was good for two runs and one walk.
Over the weekend in Columbia at the Battle Tournament Mexico started off by defeating Helias 3-2 in six innings on just two hits. With all of their runs coming in the fourth inning, it was Lawson-Holman who earned the complete-game victory in the circle after giving up five hits and no walks with 10 strikeouts. Lawson Holman also got hit by a hit in two at-bats for the Lady Bulldogs, Aaryn Sampo went 1-for-3 with a run and Hayley Mills had a homerun, three RBI and a run.
"Well played game by both teams. Paytience pitched well and we played well behind her defensively," said Louder. "The game was shortened due to time limit."
The Lady Bulldogs next contest was a resounding five-inning 11-1 victory over Eldon highlighted by Sampo and Reghan Smith with a double, a single and two runs each, Logan Blevins went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs and Mattie Roth and Shelbi Shaw were both 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run. Raigan Playter also came in with two hits, a steal, one RBI and a run in three trips to the plate, Abby Oetting was 1-for-3 with a RBI and Mills went 1-for-3 with two RBI.
"The team played well again. Defense and Pitching (Mills) kept Eldon at bay," Louder said. "We had hitting up and down the line up. (This was) another time limit game."
The third game was rather similar to the second as it only went four innings and it ended with Mexico outhitting Battle 14-2 on its way to winning 9-0. Earning that decision was Lawson-Holman after allowing just no walks and striking out five while Taylor Sherrow went 1-for-3 and Playter was 1-for-1.
"Pitching and defense were strong again. The offense was also supportive," said Louder. "Total effort. Another time limit game."
That just left one final matchup against Blue Springs South, and even though Roth gave a 1-for-1 performance with a walk that Mills backed up by charting a double with one RBI in two at-bats, it wasn't enough to keep the Lady Bulldogs from falling 7-1 in four innings.
"Blue Springs South hit the ball extemely well in this game," Louder said. "It was a good day all in all going 3-1, losing to last years class 4 runner up."
Getting pinned with the decision in this final game was Lawson-Holman by virtue of giving up six earned runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts. The pitcher was also 1-for-2 at the plate and and Oetting had a walk in one at-bat.
Mexico is 5-1 overall, 2-0 NCMC.
In the JV game on Tuesday at Kirksville the Lady Bulldogs got edged out 2-1 despite Ruby Haefling and Riley Thurman each going 1-for-2. Mexico was also outhit in this game 7-2.