After being shut out Tuesday by conference and district rival Carthage, the Neosho Lady Wildcats responded with a combined 41 runs over their next three games Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday, Neosho defeated Central Ozark Conference foe Branson 10-2 and then on Friday, in their only two games played in the Branson Tournament, Neosho rolled Lamar 16-8 and West Plains 15-0. Tournament officials scrapped the rest of the tournament (Saturday), due to the persistent rain Friday night.
Neosho improved to 8-7 overall entering its game Tuesday against conference and district rival Webb City. Neosho and Webb City clashed for a district title last season.
In the 10-2 win, Neosho scored one run in the second, four in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth, and two in the sixth, while Branson plated two in the first, enjoying a lead until the third.
The Lady Wildcats scored their 10 runs on 14 hits and two Branson errors, while the Lady Pirates only managed their two runs on 11 hits and two Neosho errors.
Branson stranded 10 runners in the contest.
Kyla Daspit earned the win and she allowed two runs (both earned) on 11 hits over seven innings and she struck out two and walked none.
Meanwhile, the Neosho lineup distributed the hits almost evenly and certainly broadly with eight of the nine in the lineup collecting one hit. Overall, nine players collected at least one hit, with pinch hitter Bre Slavens knocking a home run.
Mikayla Long and Sierra Jones each led the way with three hits, while Amber Shepeard had two and Lili Graue, Taylor Baker, Maddie Carpenter, Daspit, and Kayla Bach each had one.
Long, Jones, and Daspit each drove in two runs and Kaitlyn Killion, Slavens, Baker, and Shepeard each drove in a run.
Baker and Long each doubled and Shepeard tripled, as the Lady Wildcats tallied hits in every variety.
In the 16-8 win over Lamar, Neosho erased a 6-all tie with 10 runs in the top of the sixth and then held Lamar to two runs in the sixth to end it.
Neosho scored four in the fourth and two in the fifth, while Lamar scored one in the second and five in the fifth.
The Lady Wildcats rattled 14 hits and took advantage of eight Lamar errors, while the Lady Tigers had 15 hits. Fortunately, for the Lady Wildcats, they committed a single error, obviously a big difference in a game where the difference in errors almost matched the run differential.
Daspit earned the win in relief and she allowed two runs (both earned) on five hits over two innings with two strikeouts and no walks. Brittany Winchester took a no-decision, allowing six runs (all earned) on 10 hits over four innings and she struck out three and walked none.
Again, eight spots in the Lady Wildcat order came through with at least one hit: Baker led the way with three, the quartet of Killion, Long, Slavens, and Shepeard each had two, and Graue, Jones, and Bach each had one.
Grace, Killion, Baker, Slavens, and Jones each drove in two runs, while Long, Bach, and Shepeard picked up additional RBI. Baker and Long each crossed home plate on three occasions, Slavens and Shepeard each scored two runs, and Graue, Killion, Maddie Carpenter, Megan Geller, Jones, and Bach each scored one run.
The Lady Wildcats kept it rolling Friday with a 15-0 victory over West Plains, scoring two in the first, seven in the second, and six in the third to end it soon.
Neosho mashed 13 hits and committed no errors, while West Plains only managed a single hit.
Grace, Baker, Slavens, Carpenter, and Jones each had two hits and Killion, Long, and Bach rounded out the hit parade with one each.
Slavens drove in three runs, the trio of Baker, Carpenter, and Jones each had two RBI, and Winchester and Long helped the cause with RBI apiece. Slavens hit a pair of doubles.
In the circle, Daspit earned the win and she allowed one hit over three innings with two strikeouts and no walks.