JOPLIN — The McDonald County Lady Mustangs and the Joplin Lady Eagles played an epic, wild contest Monday night, a game that went into extra innings and featured a multitude of big innings and big swings both of the bat and momentum.
McDonald County fell behind 4-1 in the first, went back ahead 8-5 with a flurry of runs, and the teams entered extras tied at 9.
In the top of the ninth, with the help of multiple Joplin errors, McDonald County plated four runs and held on for a 13-9 win over its former district rival.
McDonald County improved to 2-0 on the season with a pair of victories over Class 4 schools for the Class 3 Lady Mustangs. McDonald County defeated Carthage 4-1 on Friday, a game moved up because of it originally being scheduled for Labor Day.
On Monday, McDonald County leadoff hitter Rita Santillan sparked the Lady Mustangs with three hits, three runs scored, two doubles, a solo home run, and four RBI. Meanwhile, Whitney Kinser added three more hits and Chloe Colvin, Kylie Helm, and Leslie Yousey each had two hits to contribute to the Lady Mustangs’ 14-hit attack.
Alexa Hopkins earned the win in relief for the Lady Mustangs, allowing four runs (three earned) on 10 hits over seven innings. She struck out seven and walked two.
Joplin’s Cierra Barber started things offensively with a grand slam in the first and Joplin’s Madisyn Tracy forced extras with a solo homer in the seventh.
Aydan Perrin took the loss in relief, allowing four runs (none earned) on four hits over four innings of work. She had four strikeouts and two walks.
McDonald County returned to action, weather permitting, Tuesday in the Lady Mustangs’ Big 8 Conference opener against the East Newton Lady Patriots.