Softball Squad Hammers The Ball
SCRIMMAGE SHOWS TEAM STRENGTH; SEASON OPENER AUG. 22 AT NEVADA
The 2017 McDonald County Lady Mustangs softball team has not missed a beat in picking up from last year’s district championship season.
The Lady Mustangs scored five runs in the first inning of its season on the way to sweeping Nevada and East Newton in a three-team jamboree held Aug. 12 at MCHS.
McDonald County finished its first game with nine runs on 11 hits in four innings in its 9-1 win over Nevada.
Cloee Helm had three hits and Chloe Colvin and Leslie Yousey had two each to lead the Lady Mustangs’ offense while Kylie Helm, Rita Santillan, Alexa Hopkins and Miryan Martinez added one hit each.
Santillan’s two-run triple and RBI singles by Hopkins, Yousey and Martinez staked McDonald County to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning.
In the second, Kylie Helm doubled in two runs and scored on an error to extend the lead to 8-0 before Cloee Helm drove in the final run in the third inning with a two-out single.
Hopkins, a freshman righthander, held Nevada to one unearned run on just one hit, an infield single in the third inning.
Against East Newton, McDonald County again pounded out 11 hits in four innings to beat the Lady Patriots 10-1.
McDonald County scored three runs in the first inning, two in the third and five in the fourth while East Newton scored its only run in the second inning.
Kylie Helm and Chloe Colvin each had three hits while Santillan, Alison Nicoletti, Emily Emmert, Kaylee Eberley and Jackie Grider had one each.
Hopkins allowed one run on two hits in two innings before Kaylee Cornell retired all six
Leading the McDonald County offense was the running of Michael Williams, Logan Renner and Austin Manwiller.
“There were some good things and some bad things,” said first-year coach Kellen Hoover of the Mustangs’ overall play in jamboree. “We aren’t peaking too early, but we did get better as the night went on and played more physical and more confident. This was the first varsity speed for a lot of kids and it was good for them to get that feel early. It was a good way to end it the way we did — those last five or so plays. It was just good to see the kids get excited. They had some life and nice to see their confidence continue to build.”
Hoover takes over as head of the Mustangs football program after five years as an assistant at Monett, which included a state championship last season.
McDonald County faces a long road trip to open the 2017 season on Friday, Aug. 18. The Mustangs face the Salem Tigers at Salem High School with kickoff set for 7 p.m. Salem claimed a 26-6 win over McDonald County in last year’s season opener at MCHS.
McDonald County third baseman Alison Nicoletti waits to put the tag on an East Newton runner during the Lady Mustangs 10-1 win in a fourinning scrimmage held Saturday at MCHS.
A Nevada runner slides under the tag of McDonald County catcher Kylie Helm to score the Lady Tigers only run in the Lady Mustangs’ 9-1 win in a four-inning scrimmage held Saturday at MCHS.