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DISTRICT SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: McDonald County cruises in district opener; Joplin and Carl Junction seasons come to an end

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NEOSHO, Mo. — Top-seeded McDonald County started off Class 4 District 6 play with a bang, erupting for nine runs in each of the first two innings on the way to an 18-0 win over eight-seeded Parkview in three innings on Tuesday.

Nevaeh Dodson earned a three-inning no-hit win, striking out eight for McDonald County.

Isabelle Vergarza took the loss after allowing 18 runs, 16 earned, on seven hits and 11 walks.

After the first two batters reached on a walk, Reagan Myrick brought two runs home with a double to give the Mustangs the early advantage. Carlee Cooper added a bases-loaded, three-run double later in the inning to make the score 8-0 before scoring on an RBI single from Myrick, her second run-scoring hit of the inning.

After collecting five walks and two hit-by-pitches in the first, McDonald County walked four more times in the second. Dodson added a two-run double and Mariana Salas had an RBI single. Myrick added a two-run double as well.

Myrick had three hits, three RBI and three runs scored to lead the Mustangs. Cooper had a hit, three RBI and scored three times. 

McDonald County plays the winner of fourth-seeded Neosho and fifth-seeded Branson at 6:30 on Thursday.



NIXA, Mo — Sixth-seeded Joplin scored twice in the top of the fifth to break a 2-2 tie before third-seeded Republic rallied for four runs in the sixth inning on the way to a 6-4 win in the Class 5 District 6 opening round on Tuesday.

With the loss, Joplin ends the season with a 16-14 record.

Mara Lakey earned the win after allowing four runs, two earned, on nine hits, four walks and three strikeouts over seven innings.

Jill McDaniel took the loss after allowing six runs, two earned, on eight hits, three walks and four strikeouts in six innings.

With the game tied at 2-2 in the top of the fifth, Maria Loum came around to score on an error to give Joplin a 3-2 lead. Jadyn Pankow followed with a lineout to right field that brought a run home on the sac fly to push the lead to 4-2.

Republic cut the lead to one in the bottom of the sith when Jenna Belcher doubled home a run on a line drive to left. An RBI fielder’s choice in the next at-bat tied the game at 4-all. Following an error on Joplin and a walk, Emi Essary singled to left to plate a pair of runs to give Republic the 6-4 advantage.

Republic takes on second-seeded Ozark at 6:30 on Wednesday in the district semifinals.



NEOSHO, Mo. — Seventh-seeded Carl Junction’s season came to an end on Tuesday when the Bulldogs fell 8-0 to second-seeded Willard in the Class 4 District 6 opening round.

The Tigers (22-7) scored two runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead before adding two runs in each the fourth, fifth and sixth innings en route to the win.

Hannah Burks earned the complete-game win after pitching seven scoreless innings, scattering two hits and striking out 16.

Hannah Cole took the loss after allowing eight runs, four earned, on 12 hits, a walk and two strikeouts in six innings of work for Carl Junction (2-24).

Ryley Ritchey homered on the way to three hits, two RBI and a run scored to lead Willard at the plate. Alyson Miller doubled twice and finished with three hits, an RBI and a run scored.

Hannah Cantrell and Madi Olds picked up the only hits for Carl Junction.

Willard takes on the winner of third-seeded Webb City and sixth-seeded Hillcrest at 5 p.m. on Thursday in the district semifinals.


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