WEST SENECA, Okla. — The Seneca Lady Indians handed previously unbeaten McDonald County its first loss of the season in a 4-2 game Tuesday.
McDonald County had a 2-1 lead entering the bottom of the sixth and then entered the seventh down 4-2.
In the decisive sixth, Sierra Lannon hit a leadoff single to center and then Kayla French reached on an error, this proving to be a great start for Seneca and a bad one for McDonald County.
Chelsea Beville’s single loaded the bases with Lady Indians and with one down, Mekaylee Beard delivered a decisive two-run double bringing home Aliya Grotjohn (who came in to run for Lannon) and French.
Beville scored on a Grace Johnson single, but the Lady Indians picked up their second out at home when the Lady Mustangs threw out Beard at the plate.
With the bases loaded, McDonald County freshman pitcher Madeline McCall picked up a strikeout to retire the side and minimize the scoreboard damage.
McCall led off the last chance Mac County seventh with a single, but Seneca pitcher Beville — who struck out 11 in Monday’s win against Carl Junction — picked up three straight outs to send McDonald County to 6-1 overall.
Beville, a junior, and McCall battled in the circle.
Beville earned the win and she allowed two runs (both earned) on six hits over seven innings and she struck out seven and walked none.
McCall allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and struck out five and walked one during her six innings.
Beard, Platner, Johnson, Kohler, Beville, and Lannon each had one of the Lady Indians’ six hits, while Beard drove in two with her double and Platner and Johnson each added the other RBI.
Chloe Colvin led Mac County’s six-hit attack with two and Santillan, Whitney Kinser, Alexa Hopkins, and McCall added the other hits. Kinser started the scoring with a RBI triple, one of three extra-base hits overall in the game.
Santillan stole a pair of bases.
McDonald County, now 3-1 in Big 8 play, returned to action Thursday at home, weather permitting, for another Big 8 bash against Cassville.
Seneca, on the other hand, improved to 3-5 overall and 1-0 Big 8 after having conference games against Lamar and Nevada last week rescheduled due to rainy field conditions. The Lady Indians play Lamar on the 26th of September and then play Nevada two days later, again weather permitting. Seneca returned to action Thursday on the road against Logan-Rogersville.