Lady Mus­tangs Out­gun Lady Ea­gles

McDonald County Press - - SPORTS - Rick Peck

A reg­u­la­tion game slugfest turned into an ex­tra-in­ning pitching duel be­fore the McDon­ald County Lady Mus­tangs soft­ball team came away with a 10-9 win over the Nixa Lady Ea­gles on Sept. 1 at Nixa High School.

McDon­ald County scored the win­ning run in the top of the 10th in­ning on a two-out RBI sin­gle by sopho­more Mad­die Colvin. Colvin’s hit drove in Whit­ney Kinser, who had reached with a two-out sin­gle. Kinser went to third on Alexa Hop­kins dou­ble, set­ting the stage for Colvin’s go-ahead hit.

The win went to Kaylee Cor­nell. Cor­nell pitched six in­nings of re­lief, al­low­ing one run on five hits.

The teams com­bined for 30 hits, in­clud­ing 14 by the Lady Mus­tangs. Cloee Helm led McDon­ald County with four hits while Rita San­til­lan had three and Kinser, Hop­kins, Colvin had two each.

The first of Hop­kins two hits was a grand slam in the sec­ond in­ning that erased a 5-4 Nixa lead at the end of the first.

Nixa closed to 8-6 in the bot­tom of the sec­ond be­fore both teams scored a run in the third. Nixa closed to 9-8 in the fourth off of Hop­kins, who al­lowed eight runs on 11 hits in four in­nings. Nixa tied the game in the sixth off Cor­nell, but the se­nior right-han­der shut out the Lady Ea­gles over the fi­nal four in­nings on just one hit.

The Lady Mus­tangs im­proved to 4-5 for the sea­son head­ing into their Big 8 Con­fer­ence con­test at Seneca on Sept. 7. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

Au­rora

McDon­ald County opened Big 8 Con­fer­ence play with a 12-0 win

over Au­rora on Aug. 31 at MCHS. Hop­kins got the win, shut­ting out Au­rora for three in­nings on one hit. Cor­nell worked two score­less in­nings, also al­low­ing one hit.

McDon­ald County took con­trol of the game in the bot­tom of the first, scor­ing four runs on three hits. The Lady Mus­tangs put the game away in the sec­ond with six runs on five hits.

San­til­lan, Hop­kins and Mad­die Colvin had two hits each to lead McDon­ald County while Cloee Helm, Kylie Helm, Kinser, Miryan Martinez and Chloe Colvin had one each. Kinser, Hop­kins and Mad­die Colvin drove in two runs each.

Carthage

The Carthage Lady Tigers avenged a 12-0 loss to McDon­ald County three days ear­lier with a 5-4 walk-off win on Aug. 28 at Carthage High School.

McDon­ald County took a 4-3 lead into the bot­tom of the sev­enth, but Carthage scored two runs on two hits to pull out the win.

Hop­kins went the dis­tance for McDon­ald County, al­low­ing five runs (one earned) on nine hits.

McDon­ald County was held to six hits, in­clud­ing two by Ken­zie Stephens. Cloee Helm, Kinser, Mad­die Colvin and Chloe Colvin had the other four hits for the Lady Mus­tangs.

RICK PECK/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County first base­man Mad­die Colvin is just a frac­tion of a sec­ond late in putting a tag on an Au­rora run­ner dur­ing the Lady Mus­tangs’ 12-0 win on Aug. 31 at MCHS.

RICK PECK/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County catcher Kylie Helm gets taken out at the plate af­ter record­ing a force out dur­ing the Lady Mus­tangs’ 5-4 loss on Aug. 28 at Carthage.

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