The East Newton Lady Patriots wrapped up a recent 2-5 stretch of games with a 8-1 win Tuesday over Big 8 Conference rival Cassville.
The guests from Granby jumped out quickly with four runs in the first and then plated two more in the second and one each in the fifth and seventh to produce a seven-run victory, while Cassville only crossed the plate that one time in the fourth.
East Newton senior pitcher Natalie Oxendine had a huge day, both in the circle and at the plate.
In the circle, Oxendine earned the win with one runs allowed (unearned) on four hits over the full seven innings and she struck out nine and walked none for one of her best performances.
At the plate, Oxendine hit a pair of doubles, drove in a pair of runs, worked a walk, and scored a run.
Meanwhile, Kenzie Massey, Kayla Higginbotham, Robin Hussong, and Kaitlyn Hailey each came through with a pair of hits and Macy Bowman collected the 11th East Newton hit.
That was not all, since the Lady Patriots worked nine walks, two each by Higginbotham, Makenna Brasier, and Baylee Anderson and one apiece by Massey, Oxendine, and Bowman.
The Lady Patriots ran wild on the bases with eight steals, seven by Massey (four) and Higginbotham (three).
East Newton improved to 6-9 overall entering a game Thursday against Reeds Spring, one of the premier newcomers to the expanded Big 8.
Logan-Rogersville defeated East Newton 6-4 on Monday, as the Lady Wildcats broke a 3-all tie with two in the bottom of the third.
East Newton had just earned that tie with three runs in the top half of the third.
Higginbotham led the Lady Patriots with two hits, while Massey doubled for her only hit and Katie Kester, Brasier, and Hailey each had a hit. Oxendine took the loss and she allowed six runs (two earned) on nine hits over six innings with one strikeout and no walks.
The Lady Patriots played five games over the weekend in the Ozark Fall Festival, three on Friday and two on Saturday. East Newton lost four straight before a 6-5 win Saturday over Logan-Rogersville, a team they played again only two days later.
In the 6-5 win, East Newton rallied for the win with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Kester hit a tying RBI double and Oxendine scored the winning run on an error. Oxendine collected four hits, scored two runs, drove in two runs, and earned the win in the circle in relief; Oxendine doubled twice. Oxendine allowed three runs (none earned) on one hit over three innings and she struck out four and walked two.
Kester and Brasier each drove in runs for the Lady Patriots and Massey picked up three hits from the leadoff spot.
In a 5-1 loss against Class 4 Ozark, Class 2 East Newton scored first before Ozark closed out the scoring with one in the second, two in the fourth, and two in the seventh.
Massey and Brasier each had two hits for 80 percent of the Lady Patriots' five hits, while Oxendine's RBI pushed across Massey for their lone run. Massey doubled for East Newton's lone extra base hit.
Oxendine took the loss and she allowed five runs (four earned) on 13 hits over the full seven innings with no strikeouts and no walks.
East Newton committed three errors. In a 11-0 run-rule loss against Class 4 Republic, the Lady Patriots could not push across a run despite seven hits while Republic scored three in the third, one in the fourth, and seven in the fifth off 15 hits.
Massey and Alexis Harris-Schmidt each had two hits for the Lady Pats' attack, with Higginbotham, Kester, and Hussong rounding out the hit parade. Harris-Schmidt and Massey each doubled.
Kester took the loss and she allowed 11 runs (all earned) on 15 hits over 4 1/3 innings with one strikeout and five walks.
In a 2-1 loss to Willow Springs, East Newton lost in the eighth on a Willow Springs walkoff courtesy a sacrifice fly.
Higginbotham and Oxendine each had two hits, while Massey and Kester had one apiece during a game in which only the top four Lady Patriots in the lineup combined for six hits. Massey and Oxendine each doubled and Higginbotham drove in a run.
Oxendine took the loss with two runs allowed (both earned) on 10 hits and eight strikeouts and no walks over 7 1/3 innings.
In a 8-3 loss to Class 4 Carthage, East Newton secured a tie after three runs in the third but then saw the Lady Tigers rattle off the final five runs.
Kester doubled and drove in runs to lead East Newton and Massey, Higginbotham, Oxendine, and Brasier rounded out the Lady Pats' five-hit attack.
Oxendine took the loss with eight runs allowed (seven earned) on 14 hits over seven innings and she struck out four and walked one.