The last time the Neosho Lady Wildcats and the Republic Lady Tigers played, Neosho came away with a 11-1 victory last season in the district semifinals.
On Tuesday in the Central Ozark Conference opener, it was Republic who dispensed a 10-run victory with a 15-5 number against the Lady Wildcats.
Republic scored a run in six of the seven innings Tuesday and went for two in the first, five in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth, one in the sixth, and three in the seventh, while Neosho plated three in the first and two in the fourth.
Neosho’s bottom of the first was the highlight of the Lady Wildcats’ day, taking a 3-2 lead on Taylor Baker’s three-run home run. Lily Graue’s leadoff single and Amber Shepeard’s walk produced the runners for Baker’s homer heroics.
Graue’s single and Baker’s homer, however, proved to be half of Neosho’s hits for the game.
The Lady Wildcats had Brittany Winchester’s double in the fourth and Kaitlyn Killion’s single in the seventh for their other hits.
Megan Geller finished with two RBI despite no hits or walks on the day.
Kyla Daspit took the loss with 10 runs allowed (eight earned) on 11 hits over three innings and she struck out one and walked two. Winchester finished with five runs allowed (four earned) on five hits over three innings and she struck out one and walked none. Republic connected on three homers.
Livi Collier led Republic with three runs scored, three hits, and five RBI, and she knocked one of the three homers. Megan Thorne and Julia Higgins accounted for the other long balls. Higgins drove in three runs and A.J. Fenske another pair.
Meanwhile, in the circle, Avery Romans earned the win with five runs allowed (three earned) on four hits over seven innings and she struck out four and walked three.
Neosho, 4-3 overall and 0-1 COC, returned to action Thursday at home against Willard.