Lady Mus­tangs Open Cam­paign

McDonald County Press - - SPORTS - Rick Peck

The 2017 soft­ball sea­son got off to a rough start for the 2016 de­fend­ing district cham­pion McDon­ald County Lady Mus­tangs.

Af­ter drop­ping a sea­son-open­ing 10-3 de­ci­sion to Neosho on Aug. 24, the Lady Mus­tangs lost all three of their games in pool play of the Paige Neal/Christina Soft­ball Tour­na­ment on Aug. 25 be­fore bounc­ing back with two wins on Aug. 26 in the Bronze Bracket.

Wins over Jo­plin and Carthage in the Bronze Bracket gave McDon­ald County the ninth-place fin­ish in the 12-team field.

Against Jo­plin, the Lady Mus­tangs scored seven runs in the sec­ond in­ning and five in the third on the way to a 14-2 win.

Fresh­man Alexa Hop­kins got the win for McDon­ald County, al­low­ing only a pair of un­earned runs on just two hits.

Cloee Helm and Chloe Colvin led the of­fense with three hits each. Rita San­til­lan and Ken­zie Stephens added two hits each while Kylie Helm, Whit­ney Kinser, Mad­die Colvin and Hop­kins all had one hit.

Against Carthage, Hop­kins pitched a five-hit shutout to lead McDon­ald County to a 12-0 win.

McDon­ald County scored a run in the sec­ond, four in the third, one in the fifth and ended the game in the sixth on the run rule when the Lady Mus­tangs scored six runs in the top half of the in­ning.

San­til­lan, Kinser, Katie Kester and Hop­kins led the Lady Mus­tangs with two hits each. Of Hop­kins’ two hits, one was her first home run as a Lady Mus­tang. Also hav­ing hits for McDon­ald County were Cloee Helm, Mad­die Colvin and Ali­son Ni­co­letti.

Pool Play

Neosho backed up its open­ing day 10-3 win over McDon­ald County with a 10-2 win a day later in pool play of the Paige Neal/ Christina Soft­ball Tour­na­ment.

Hop­kins took the loss, al­low­ing seven runs (one earned) on eight hits in three and two-thirds in­nings. Kaylee Cor­nell worked the fi­nal three and a third in­nings, al­low­ing three runs on four hits.

Cloee Helm had three hits to lead the Lady Mus­tangs’ of­fense while Kester had a pair of sin­gles. Kylie Helm, San­til­lan, Kris­ten Cor­nell, Les­lie Yousey and Ni­co­letti had one hit each.

Webb City ral­lied from a 3-1 deficit to claim a 13-5 de­ci­sion in McDon­ald County’s sec­ond game in pool play.

Hop­kins went the dis­tance, al­low­ing 13 runs, only six earned, on 16 hits.

McDon­ald County was held to six hits, in­clud­ing three by Hop­kins, who also drove in three runs. Cloee Helm, San­til­lan and Mad­die Colvin had the three other hits for the Lady Mus­tangs.

In their fi­nal game of pool play, McDon­ald County dropped a 17-8 de­ci­sion to Blue Springs af­ter tak­ing an early 7-3 lead.

Kaylee Cor­nell took the loss, al­low­ing 17 runs, six earned, on 20 hits in seven in­nings.

Kylie Helm had three hits while Cloee Helm and Kinser had two each. San­til­lan, Hop­kins, Stephens and Mad­die Colvin had one hit each, in­clud­ing Colvin’s

two-run homer.


Neosho broke a 2-2 tie with seven runs in the third in­ning to hand McDon­ald County a 10-3 loss in the Lady Mus­tangs sea­son opener on Aug. 24 at Neosho High School.

Hop­kins al­lowed nine runs on six hits in two and a third in­nings for the loss. Kaylee Cor­nell fin­ished, al­low­ing four runs in three and two-thirds in­nings.

Cloee Helm, Chloe Colvin and Kaylee Cor­nell had two hits each while Kylie Helm, San­til­lan, Mad­die Colvin and Hop­kins added one hit each.

McDon­ald County, 2-4 for the sea­son, was at Carthage on Aug. 28 be­fore host­ing Aurora tonight in its Big 8 Con­fer­ence and home opener. Game time is 5 p.m.


McDon­ald County left­fielder Rita San­til­lan goes over the fence to save a home run dur­ing the Lady Mus­tangs’ 10-2 loss to Neosho at the Paige Neal/Christina Free­man Soft­ball Tour­na­ment in Jo­plin.

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