Seven innings weren’t enough to decide the winner of Tuesday’s varsity softball bout between Monett and McDonald County.
Trailing 4-3 in the sixth inning, McDonald County’s Courtni Smith crushed a two-out, 3-2 pitch over the center fielder’s head and rounded the bases for an inside-the-park home run to tie the game, 4-4.
Mustangs pitcher Kali Hodson would keep the score there through eight solid innings in which she struck out two and scattered seven hits and four earned runs.
In the top of the ninth, Sierra Clay led off the inning with a single, and Ashton Harmon walked with one out to put runners at first and second. With two outs, Hodson helped her own cause by delivering a two-run double to make it 6-4 and put her in line for the victory.
Sarah Rickman earned the save by pitching a perfect ninth.
Hodson completed her big day by going 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and two RBI. Ashton Harmon had two hits and Kelsy Reynolds clubbed a triple. Smith and Clay each had one hit.
Raigan Ratliff went the distance on the mound for the Lady Cubs. She scattered nine hits, allowed four earned runs and struck out two.
Kelsey Wiseman was 3-for-4 with three singles for the Lady Cubs.
The Mustangs are now 16-2 on the season. Monett fell to 16-3.