The Neosho Lady Wildcats and the Carthage Lady Tigers engaged in a pitchers' duel Tuesday, a low-scoring Central Ozark Conference contest that went down to the wire.

Carthage's Jensen Elder and Neosho's Kyla Daspit were the duellists and Carthage came away with a 2-0 victory against a conference and district rival.

Kali Godfrey hit a two-out solo home run in the first and Shyann Stergeon tacked on an insurance run single with two outs in the seventh.

Elder allowed two hits over seven innings and struck out three and walked none. The Lady Tigers committed just a single error and thus limited Neosho to only three runners all day.

Taylor Baker and Megan Geller each singled and Kaitlyn Killion reached on an error. Killion stole a pair of bases.

Daspit took a tough loss and she allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings with five strikeouts and one walk.

On just about any other day, Daspit pitched well enough to be the winning pitcher.

Maddie Adams and Aubrey Willis had Carthage's other hits, both singles. Godfrey's homer accounted for the game's lone non-single.

Carthage improved to 9-8 overall and 3-2 COC, and the Lady Tigers returned to action Wednesday against Kickapoo and Thursday against conference foe Willard.

Meanwhile, Neosho dropped to 5-7 overall and 1-4 COC, and three of the Lady Wildcats' conference losses have been what they call in the business "close" (by either a single run or a game like Tuesday).

The Lady Wildcats returned to action Thursday at home against Branson and then play in the Branson Lady Pirate Inviational on Friday and Saturday.