CARTHAGE — The Neosho Lady Wildcats scored four runs in the top of the ninth to come away with a 9-5 win Tuesday over Central Ozark Conference Large and Class 4, District 12 rival Carthage.

CARTHAGE — The Neosho Lady Wildcats scored four runs in the top of the ninth to come away with a 9-5 win Tuesday over Central Ozark Conference Large and Class 4, District 12 rival Carthage.
In the decisive ninth, Megan Geller worked a leadoff walk from Emily Calhoon, Amber Shepeard singled, and Tori Frazier sacrificed and reached on an error to load the bases.
Kaitlyn Hawkins brought home the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly scoring Geller and then Taylor Baker worked another walk to repopulate the bases full of Lady Wildcats.
The next play epitomized Carthage’s worst side of their day, with an error producing three runs, scoring Shepeard, Frazier, and Baker and more or less placing the game out of reach.
In the bottom half of the ninth, Neosho pitcher Kyla Daspit retired Carthage in order on a pair of groundouts and a flyout.
Carthage had a four-run inning earlier in the game, but not in the ninth. Game over.
Looking at the numbers, it’s amazing the game went extra innings. For example, Neosho collected 16 hits and Carthage committed four errors, although three of them came in the critical ninth.
Senior outfielders Frazier (center) and Kaylee Johnson (left) paced the Neosho offense with four hits each, while Geller added three and Hawkins provided Neosho with a fourth player enjoying a multi-hit game with her pair of hits. Frazier scored two runs and drove in three, Hawkins drove in two, Long brought home three runs, and Geller scored two runs and drove in one.
Meanwhile, in the circle, Daspit earned a workmanlike victory, allowing five runs (all earned) on nine hits over nine innings. She struck out one and walked one, definitely pitching to contact. The Lady Wildcats committed a pair of errors.
Calhoon took the loss, allowing nine runs (five earned) on 16 hits over nine innings. She struck out two and walked four.
Carthage, playing its second extra-inning game in as many days against a Newton County opponent, dropped to 12-12 overall and Neosho improved to 9-12.
The Lady Wildcats return to action today in the Carthage Invitational … Carthage also hosts the Class 4, District 12 tournament this season and so the Lady Wildcats will certainly be no stranger to Carthage and its softball fields.