Even losing top hitter Macie Jones for some time with an injury didn’t slow the McDonald County softball team much. And now that she’s back, well, they’re lethal again.
Cassville became the latest victim on Tuesday as McDonald County scored early and often and had the pitching dominance to match as they rolled the Lady Wildcats 11-1 in five innings.
Jones got things started for the Lady Mustangs in the bottom of the first inning when she singled to left to score Courtni Smith and Ashton Harmon to make it 2-0. They went on to add three more runs in the frame to take a 5-0 lead as they sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning. They would add two more in the second, one in the third and three in the fourth. Cassville’s only run came in the third inning.
Kali Hodson started on the mound and picked up the win after allowing a run on one hit with two walks and three strikeouts in four innings of work. Coley Ickes pitched the final inning and struck out one.
Smith smacked two triples and had three RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Lady Mustangs on offense. Kelsy Reynolds also had two hits, an RBI and scored twice. Ashton Harmon, Jones, Ickes, Stormy Christerson, Rachel Brown and Sierra Clay had a hit apiece for McDonald County. Reynolds also had a double.
“We just kept scoring,” McDonald County coach Tray Shaddox said. “The only hit that they had we’d given up a walk and she stole second and scored on a hit. Other than that they never really threatened to score. Kali threw pretty well.
“The girls are playing really good right now. We’re having a good time. The girls are really enjoying it.”
The Lady Mustangs also won the B game 10-5. They’ll entertain Carl Junction in a make up game that had previously been postponed due to rain at 4:30 p.m. today in a varsity only showdown at McDonald County High School. The Lady Mustangs play again on Thursday against East Newton.