The East Newton Lady Patriots split a pair of recent Big 8 Conference games, defeating Marshfield 11-3 on Tuesday and falling 6-5 to Monett on Thursday.
In the eight-run victory, East Newton batted its 11 runs on 15 hits and scored one run in the second, four in the third, three in the fourth, and three in the sixth. Marshfield scored one in the first, one in the third, and one in the seventh.
East Newton senior Natalie Oxendine earned the win and she allowed three runs (all earned) on 10 hits over seven innings and she struck out five and walked none.
Offensively, Kayla Higginbotham and Katie Kester each had four hits to spark the Lady Pats’ offensive attack and Higginbotham tripled and Kester doubled.
Kenzie Massey and Makenna Brasier each had two hits, while Oxendine, Robin Hussong, and Macy Bowman each had one. Massey, Hussong, and Oxendine each connected on doubles.
Brasier and Kester each stole two bases, while Higginbotham, Hussong, and Massey each had a steal.
The Lady Patriots worked through three errors.
Against the defending Class 3 state champions Monett, East Newton fell behind 5-1, scored four runs in the fifth to work a 5-all score, and then saw Monett take the lead and earn the 6-5 win with a run in the sixth.
Oxendine took the loss, allowing six runs (three earned) on nine hits over six innings officially. She both struck out and walked two.
Massey led the Lady Patriots with three hits, while Higginbotham and Bowman each had two and Oxendine, Kester, Baylee Anderson, and Brasier each had one. Bowman, Higginbotham, Kester, and Oxendine each doubled.
Oxendine led with a pair of RBI and Higginbotham, Hussong, and Brasier each had one.
Class 2 East Newton, 3-4 overall and 1-2 Big 8, returned to action Monday against Class 4 Joplin, weather permitting, a game played at Joplin High. Joplin plays on an all-turf surface which limits rainouts more than a good, old-fashioned grass field or a field split between turf on the infield and grass in the outfield.