NEVADA — The McDonald County Lady Mustangs, after a shaky start to the season, have come on strong during recent games, including a 12-0 run-rule win last Thursday in their Big 8 Conference opener at home against Aurora and then a 10-9 win over Nixa in 10 innings last Friday.

NEVADA — The McDonald County Lady Mustangs, after a shaky start to the season, have come on strong during recent games, including a 12-0 run-rule win last Thursday in their Big 8 Conference opener at home against Aurora and then a 10-9 win over Nixa in 10 innings last Friday.
The Lady Mustangs rattled off their fourth straight win with a 12-2 number Tuesday against the Nevada Lady Tigers, a future Big 8 member.
Over their last four games, the Lady Mustangs have generated 42 runs, with two games of 12 and a third game of 10.
On Tuesday, McDonald County plated two runs in each the second, the third, and the fourth, then pushed across one in the fifth, four in the sixth, and one in the seventh. The Lady Mustangs collected 12 hits, worked three walks and one hit batter, took advantage of seven errors, stole five bases, and stranded nine runners.
Kylie Helm provided Nevada pitcher Maggie Leisure and Abby Harder the source of nightmares for pitchers, since Helm proved very hard to get out Tuesday.
Helm collected four hits, worked a walk, scored two runs, and drove in two runs.
Maddie Colvin added three hits and three runs scored for the Lady Mustangs, while Rita Santillan scored three runs. Chloe Colvin added two more hits. Whitney Kinser doubled home a pair of runs.
Hailee Lundine provided Nevada's only runs with a two-run home run in the sixth.
Alexa Hopkins earned the win, as the freshman allowed two runs (both earned) on six hits over seven innings. She struck out four and walked two.
McDonald County improved to 5-5 overall entering its game Thursday against Seneca.