Soft­ball Squad Ham­mers The Ball

SCRIM­MAGE SHOWS TEAM STRENGTH; SEA­SON OPENER AUG. 22 AT NE­VADA

McDonald County Press - - SPORTS - By Rick Peck

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

only touch­down.

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.

PHOTO BY RICK PECK

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.

PHOTO BY RICK PECK

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.

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