Soft­ball Chomp­ing At Bit For Con­fer­ence Ti­tle

McDonald County Press - - SPORTS - Rick Peck

The McDon­ald County Lady Mus­tang soft­ball team took a gi­ant step to at least a share of the Big 8 Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship with a pair of con­fer­ence wins last week, in­clud­ing a key 3-2 walk-off win over pre­vi­ously once-beaten Lo­gan-Rogersville on Sept. 27 at MCHS.

The two wins give the Lady Mus­tangs an over­all record of 17-3, in­clud­ing an 8-1 record in the Big 8 Con­fer­ence with one con­fer­ence game re­main­ing (Oct. 2 at Monett).

Against Lo­gan-Rogersville, any hopes for a con­fer­ence ti­tle were al­most dashed when McDon­ald County trailed 2-1 en­ter­ing the bot­tom of the sev­enth in­ning. But the Lady Mus­tangs scored two runs on three hits to pull out a 3-2 win.

Les­lie Yousey led off the in­ning with a sin­gle. Sac­ri­fice bunts by Rita San­til­lan and Chloe Colvin were mis­played, load­ing the bases with no outs. Whit­ney Kinser fol­lowed with a solid sin­gle to left to tie the game be­fore Kylie Helm lined a bul­let to right to drive in the win­ning run.

The rally made a win­ner of Alexa Hop­kins, who al­lowed two runs on just four hits while strik­ing out two.

Helm fin­ished with three hits, while Hop­kins had two and San­til­lan, Kinser and Yousey had one.

Marsh­field

McDon­ald County used a four­run fifth in­ning to break open a close game on the way to an 8-0 win over Marsh­field in a makeup game on Sept. 28 at MCHS.

Made­line McCall got the win, al­low­ing just one hit in seven in­nings while strik­ing out seven and walk­ing two.

The Lady Mus­tangs led just 2-0 en­ter­ing the fifth in­ning be­fore putting to­gether five straight hits for four runs after two were out.

Kinser dou­bled to start the rally. Helm drove her in with a sin­gle be­fore Hop­kins sin­gled to put run­ners on first and third. After Hop­kins stole sec­ond, McCall sin­gled in both run­ners. Kristin Cor­nell drove in the fi­nal run of the in­ning with a sin­gle.

Kinser and Hop­kins had fin­ished with three hits each, while Helm and Cor­nell had two and McCall and Yousey had one.

Grove

Grove handed the Lady Mus­tangs just their third loss of the sea­son with a 9-6 win on Sept. 25 in Grove, Okla.

McCall took the loss, al­low­ing eight runs in three and two-thirds in­nings on nine hits. Hop­kins went the fi­nal two and a third in­nings, al­low­ing one run on three hits.

McDon­ald County opened the scor­ing with two runs in the first. Grove an­swered with four runs in the bot­tom half of the in­ning.

But the Lady Mus­tangs came back in the top half of the sec­ond in­ning with four runs of their own to take a 6-4 lead.

Grove took the lead for good in the bot­tom of the third, scor­ing three runs on three hits and a walk. The Lady Ridgerun­ners added in­sur­ance runs in the fourth and fifth in­nings while shut­ting McDon­ald County out over the fi­nal five in­nings.

Hop­kins led the of­fense with two hits and three RBIs. Colvin added two hits, while Kinser, Helm and McCall had one.

The Lady Mus­tangs trav­eled to Webb City on Oct. 1 be­fore their key con­fer­ence matchup at Monett on Oct. 2. McDon­ald County closes out the reg­u­lar sea­son on Oct. 5-6 at the Carthage Tour­na­ment.

RICK PECK/SPE­CIAL TO MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County hon­ored its three se­nior soft­ball play­ers fol­low­ing the Lady Mus­tangs’ 3-2 win over Lo­gan-Rogersville on Sept. 27 at MCHS. From left to right are Kaylee Cor­nell, Les­lie Yousey and Kylie Helm.

RICK PECK/SPE­CIAL TO MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County’sKylie Helm cel­e­brates with as­sis­tant coach Kyle Smith after knock­ing in the win­ning run in the Lady Mus­tangs’ 3-2 win over Lo­gan-Rogersville on Sept. 27 at MCHS.

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