Newton County rivals Neosho and Seneca closed out their regular season against each other Monday and the Lady Wildcats came away with a 9-3 victory to head into postseason play with a 15-9 overall record.

Neosho honored seniors Taylor Baker, Amber Shepeard, and Breanna Slavens, most likely playing their final home games.

However, it was Neosho junior third baseman Mikayla Long who had a smashing day.

She homered three times and hit a double en route to six RBI and three runs scored, wreaking havoc on Seneca pitchers Chelsea Beville and Mekaylee Beard.

Long hit a two-run homer in the seventh, a two-run homer in the fifth, a solo homer leading off the third, and opened the scoring with a RBI double in the first.

The Lady Wildcats plated one run in the first, three in the second, one in the third, and two each in the fifth and sixth, nearly all originating from Long's bat.

Beville took the loss and she allowed five runs (two earned) on six hits over four innings with two strikeouts and no walks. Beard allowed four runs (all earned) on two hits over her innings with no strikeouts and two walks.

Seneca actually outhit Neosho in the contest, 10-8, but games are not won by the bigger number in the hits column. The Lady Indians also hurt themselves with three errors.

Lili Graue added a pair of hits and a pair of runs scored to Neosho's attack and Slavens and Shepeard rounded out Neosho's eight hits. Kaitlyn Killion, Baker, Slavens, and Shepeard each crossed home plate once.

Kyla Daspit earned the win and she allowed three runs (all earned) on 10 hits over the full seven innings with two strikeouts and one walk. Daspit fired 77 strikes in 108 pitches, despite only a strike on the first pitch to 18 of 32 Lady Indian hitters.

Neosho, by contrast with Seneca, committed just a single error.

Beville and Kaden McKnight each led the Lady Indians with three hits and Grace Johnson and Beard each collected a pair to give the Lady Indians all their hits from just those four players. Beard drove in two runs and Sierra Lannon picked up one RBI. Beville scored twice and McKnight once. Beville and Beard each doubled.

Seneca finished its regular season with a 12-9 overall record.

Both the Lady Indians and the Lady Wildcats played their best softball thus far toward the latter portion of the regular season.

Seneca began the season 1-5 and went 11-4 to get to 12-9 overall, with the Lady Indians' victories highlighted by a Big 8 Conference win over McDonald County. That was the Lady Mustangs' first loss of the season.

Neosho put together a 10-2 stretch to go from 5-7 to 15-9 in a couple weeks of play.