Soft­ball Team Wins Con­fer­ence Games in Ne­vada, Se­ceca

McDonald County Press - - SPORTS - Rick Peck

The McDon­ald County Lady Mus­tangs soft­ball team broke the .500 bar­rier for the first time this sea­son with vic­to­ries over Ne­vada and Seneca last week.

The Lady Mus­tangs im­proved to 6-5 over­all, in­clud­ing a 2-0 mark in the Big 8 Con­fer­ence af­ter their 13-2 win on Sept. 7 at Seneca.

Alexa Hop­kins picked up the win, al­low­ing two runs in five in­nings on just three hits.

McDon­ald County took a 1-0 lead in the sec­ond on a sin­gle by Mad­die Colvin, an er­ror, and a wild pitch, be­fore the Lady Mus­tangs broke the game open in the third with seven runs on five hits and two Seneca er­rors.

Cloee Helm and Rita San­til­lan sin­gled to start the big in­ning be­fore Kylie Helm drove in both with a dou­ble. Whit­ney Kinser sin­gled in a run. A pair of er­rors and Colvin’s sec­ond hit of the game gave McDon­ald County an 8-0 lead.

McDon­ald County stretched its lead to 10-0 in the fifth on a triple by Kylie Helm, a sin­gle from Kinser and an RBI ground out by Colvin. Seneca scored both of its runs in the bot­tom half of the in­ning on a sin­gle and two McDon­ald County er­rors.

The Lady Mus­tangs added three runs in the sixth on sin­gles by Cloee Helm and Hop­kins and a triple by Kylie Helm.

Kylie Helm fin­ished with four hits while Cloee Helm, Kinser and Mad­die Colvin had two each. San­til­lan, Hop­kins and Ken­zie Stephens each fin­ished with one hit.

McDon­ald County hosted Jo­plin on Sept. 12 be­fore trav­el­ing to Marsh­field on Sept. 14 and to the Bran­son tour­na­ment on Sept. 15-16.

Ne­vada

McDon­ald County pounded out 13 hits to cruise to a 12-2 win over Ne­vada on Sept. 5 at Ne­vada High School.

Hop­kins got the win, al­low­ing two runs on five hits in six in­nings be­fore Kaylee Cor­nell re­tired the side in or­der in the seventh.

The Lady Mus­tangs scored two runs in the sec­ond, third and fourth in­nings, one in the fifth and four in the sixth to build an 11-0 lead af­ter six and a half in­nings.

Ne­vada scored its only runs in the bot­tom of the sixth be­fore McDon­ald County scored the fi­nal run of the game in the top of the seventh.

Kylie Helm had the first of her two con­sec­u­tive four-hit games while Mad­die Colvin had three hits and Cloee Helm and Chloe Colvin had two each to lead the Lady Mus­tang of­fense.

San­til­lan and Kinser had the two other McDon­ald County hits.

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