CARTHAGE — The Neosho Lady Wildcats continued their momentum from their first district win with a 11-1 Class 4, District 12 semifinal win Friday night over the Republic Lady Tigers at the Fair Acres Sports Complex.

It was a relatively quiet game offensively, with Neosho leading 1-0, until the Lady Wildcats blew the doors wide open on the game with a six-run outburst in the fourth inning.

Neosho scored three more in the sixth and one more in the seventh, while Republic scored its lone run in the sixth.

The Lady Wildcats scored their 11 runs on 12 hits and five costly Republic errors. By comparison, Neosho allowed one run on seven hits and one error.

Kaitlyn Hawkins highlighted Neosho’s six-run inning with a two-run homer and her shot gave Neosho that 7-0 lead.

Mikayla Long started the inning with a double and she came around to score with the help of one of those five Republic errors. Kaylee Johnson reached on the error and moved her way around to third when Sierra Jones reached on an error. Kayla Bach’s fundamentally sound groundout scored Johnson and then Megan Geller scored on Amber Shepeard’s bunt. Another error brought home Jones and then Shepeard scored on Hawkins’ homer.

Long’s RBI single made it 8-0 and Jones connected on a two-run double with two outs — continuing that situational hitting trend — for a 10-0 advantage.

Republic’s Allyson Stolte led off the bottom of the sixth with a homer, Republic’s only run all day against Neosho sophomore Kyla Daspit, who’s been sharp her first two district tournament games.

Hawkins’ RBI single in the seventh brought home Tori Frazier and capped off her four RBI and two homer performance. Hawkins collected four hits.
Long, Johnson, and Jones each had two hits and Jones picked up a pair of RBI.

Daspit allowed one run on seven hits over seven strong innings. She struck out none and walked one. Neosho’s defense again proved strong, despite the Lady Wildcats’ first districts error.