GRANBY — The Seneca Lady Indians broke open a close game Tuesday with their Newton County and Big 8 Conference rival East Newton, scoring six runs in the final three frames to earn a 9-4 win over the Lady Patriots.
Seneca pushed across four in the critical top of the sixth.

Mekaylee Beard led the Lady Indians with three hits and Seneca's 13-hit attack was bolstered by a trio of players with two hits each, Adron Durman, Chelsea Beville, and Ali Kohler. Beard, Chaney Platner, and Kohler each had two RBI. Mady Dunbar and Beville earned the other Seneca RBI.

Platner and Beard each homered, while Durman and Kohler each doubled.

Beard earned the win in the circle, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits over seven innings. She both struck out and walked one.

Former Neosho player Emily Mojica sparked East Newton with three hits and one RBI from the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Jay Hayward, Chelsea Hawkins, and Kinsey Sorrell each picked up the other three East Newton hits against Beard.

Natalie Oxendine took the loss, allowing nine runs (all earned) on 13 hits over seven innings. She struck out three and walked two.

Seneca improved to 8-13 overall and 2-2 Big 8. The Lady Indians return to action Monday at home against Carthage, starting a four-game homestand to end the regular season. Seneca closes October 2 against Neosho.

East Newton dropped to 9-8 overall and 1-3 Big 8. The Lady Patriots returned to action Thursday against McDonald County, one of the teams playing the best in the area.