ANDERSON — It’s quickly becoming a tradition that the McDonald County Lady Mustangs and the Monett Lady Cubs play for a Big 8 Conference softball title every fall.

Two seasons ago, McDonald County defeated Monett to wrap up an unbeaten run through conference play and last season, Monett returned the favor.

On Tuesday, the Lady Cubs scored four runs in the top of the seventh to break a tie and earn a 5-1 win over the Lady Mustangs. The Lady Cubs clinch at least a share of the Big 8 title.

McDonald County fans could be heard muttering on their way to their vehicles in the parking lot, “Errors. Errors. You just can’t make ‘em and expect to win.”

The Lady Mustangs committed a couple critical errors in that big seventh inning and then No. 18, right fielder Maddi Coones, rocked an Alexa Hopkins pitch to right for a two-run triple and 4-1 lead. Coones would score the final run.

Monett earned a tie score in the sixth after Josie Allcock hit a two-out double and then scored on a two-out Ashley Kurima single.

Allcock led Monett with three hits, while Kurima, Coones, and Kaesha George each had two of the Lady Cubs’ 13 hits.

Allcock took the win in the circle, allowing one run (earned) on five hits over seven innings. She struck out and walked one each.

Kylie Helm led McDonald County with two hits and Cloee Helm and Maddie Colvin each added one.

Hopkins took the loss, allowing five runs on 13 hits over seven innings. She struck out six and walked none. McDonald County’s defense let her down in the seventh.

McDonald County recognized its seniors Cloee Helm, Miryan Martinez, and Kenzie Stephens between varsity and JV games.

McDonald County dropped to 15-8 on the season after losses to Webb City and Monett, and the Lady Mustangs returned to action Thursday against Republic before closing out their regular season Friday and Saturday in the Carthage Invitational.