The Neosho Lady Wildcats softball team is officially on a roll.


The Neosho Lady Wildcats softball team is officially on a roll.

After getting off to an 0-3 start this season, Neosho has now won four in a row after Saturday’s 5-1 victory over Seneca.

The two Newton County teams met in the third place game of the Joplin Paige Neal/Christina Freeman Memorial Tournament at MSSU’s Shirley ‘Gene’?Wild Field.

Perhaps a harbinger of things to come in Saturday’s game, the Lady Wildcats did very well in Friday’s games.

The Lady Wildcats run-rule Springfield Hillcrest, 12-2. That was the same Hillcrest team that defeated Carl Junction, who as many know, run-ruled Neosho, 12-2, in Monday’s season opener. Neosho then came back to defeat Ray-Pec by run-rule, winning 9-1 in six innings.

The?Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead against the Lady Indians, thanks to an RBI triple by Kreslee Ketcham that scored Kelsey Loncarich, who had a one-out single. Brooke Hulsey then reached on an error, which allowed?Ketcham to score.

The Lady Indians (3-3) cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third inning and did so with two outs on the board. Erin Esposito singled and moved to second base when Madison Lopez walked. Kadey Rea then hit a single up the middle and Esposito tested the Neosho defense.
The throw beat her to the plate, but the ball was jarred loose and Esposito was safe. Neosho escaped further damage in the inning and maintained a 2-1 lead.

The Lady Wildcats (4-3) came back and loaded the bases in a hurry, as the first three batters reached safely. Kelse’ Wyatt singled and then Jade Benhardt reached on a bunt single. Ashley Gilion reached on error to load the bases. Catie Cummings had an RBI on a groundout to score Wyatt, making it 3-1.

Neosho tacked on its final runs in the top of the fifth inning, but it did, however come at price.
Hulsey delivered an RBI single to score Loncarich, who reached on a error, to drive in Neosho’s first run of the inning. Wyatt was up next and was hit in the arm with the pitch, which loaded the bases. Back-to-back fielder’s choices, including one by Gilion, drove in another run, making it 5-1.

Wyatt stayed in the game to run, but was taken out of her duties of third base afterwards.
Anderea Edward replaced her at third base in the fifth inning.

Quinn Hobbs got the victory for the Lady Wildcats, striking out three.

Neosho returns to action Thursday, playing at COC?foe Ozark, at 4:30 p.m.