CARL JUNCTION — The Neosho Lady Wildcats fell behind 4-1 and 5-3 in their Central Ozark Conference game Tuesday against the Carl Junction Lady Bulldogs before scoring the final eight runs to earn a 11-5 victory.
Neosho plated seven runs in the fifth.
The fifth started rather dubiously for the host Lady Bulldogs, as Makaila Long reached on an error by second baseman Saedra Allen.
The run scoring began in style when Sierra Jones’ double brought home Maddie Carpenter, who had reached on a fielder’s choice which retired Long.
With a new pitcher on the mound, Kayla Bach and Megan Geller proceeded to walk to load the bases with Lady Wildcats.
Amber Shepeard’s double brought in two runs and the Lady Wildcats took a 6-5 lead on the strength of the senior center fielder’s two-bagger.
Taylor Baker then hit a single to score Geller, Shepeard scored on an error created by a Baker stolen base attempt, and then Long capped off the inning with a two-run home run.
A double play ended the fifth before any further scoreboard damage.
The Lady Wildcats tacked on just more insurance run in the sixth on a Shepeard RBI groundout.
Sophomore reliever Brittany Winchester stabilized the Lady Wildcats in the circle and she earned her first win of the season with four solid innings. She allowed one run (unearned) on one hit and both struck out and walked two.
Kyla Daspit took a no-decision and she allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits over three innings and she struck out four and walked none.
Daspit and Winchester combined to toss 64 strikes (Daspit 34, Winchester 30) on their combined 94 pitches (Daspit 50, Winchester 44).
Offensively, eight of the nine players in the Neosho lineup tallied at least one hit. Long had two while Kaitlyn Killion, Baker, Carpenter, Jones, Bach, Geller, Shepeard, and Daspit each had one. Long and Shepeard each drove in three runs and the trio of Jones, Bach, and Geller provided a spark — along with Shepeard — at the bottom of the Neosho order with two runs scored each.
In addition to Long’s homer, Killion, Jones, Geller, and Shepeard each doubled.
Killion, Baker, Bach, and Daspit each stole bases.
Neosho improved to 5-5 overall and earned its first victory in conference play after losses to Republic and Willard. The Lady Wildcats, weather permitting, returned to action Thursday against COC foe Ozark and Neosho returns home next week for home games against Carthage (Tuesday) and Branson (Thursday).