The East Newton Lady Patriots put together three straight wins on Monday and Tuesday before their game Thursday against Newton County rival Neosho.

East Newton swept a pair of games from Aurora on Monday, 6-2 and 7-5, and then defeated Lamar 7-1 on Tuesday.

In the 7-1 win over Lamar, East Newton scored two runs in the first, two in the second, one in the fourth, and two in the sixth, while Lamar collected its lone run in the fourth.

East Newton senior pitcher Natalie Oxendine tossed a four-hitter and she allowed one run (earned) over seven innings with four strikeouts and no walks.

Katie Kester and Kenzie Massey each paced the Lady Patriots with three hits, combining for nearly half of the team’s 14-hit production. Kester homered, scored a run, and drove in three runs, while Massey scored a run and drove in two. Kayla Higginbotham and Macy Bowman each collected a pair of hits and Higginbotham joined Massey in hitting a pair of doubles. Higginbotham also drove in two.

Oxendine, Robin Hussong, Kaitlyn Hailey, and Makenna Brasier each had one hit.
Massey, Higginbotham, Oxendine, Kester, Bowman, Brasier, and Kaytin Brown each crossed home plate once to account for the seven runs.

In the 7-5 win over Aurora, East Newton erased a 5-1 deficit with six runs in the fifth and the Lady ‘Pats won despite being out-hit 9-7 and committing four errors compared to Aurora’s none.

Oxendine earned the win in relief and she allowed no runs on two hits over three innings with one strikeout and no walk. Kester pitched the first four innings with five runs allowed (two earned) on seven hits and two strikeouts and one walk.

Kester and Higginbotham each led East Newton with a pair of hits and Kester drove in two runs, while Higginbotham, Oxendine, and Brasier each joined Kester in the RBI column.

Oxendine scored a pair of runs and Brown, Massey, Higginbotham, Kester, and Hussong each crossed home plate once.

In the 6-2 win over Aurora, East Newton scored three in the first and three in the second, more than enough to overcome Aurora’s one in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Oxendine earned the win and she allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings with both one strikeout and one walk.

Higginbotham and Alexis Harris-Schmidt each paced the Lady ‘Pats with two hits and Massey, Kester, Hussong, and Hailey rounded out the hits. Kester tripled and drove in a pair of runs, while Higginbotham and Oxendine each picked up RBI.
Higginbotham scored two runs and Massey, Oxendine, Kester, and Harris-Schmidt each scored one. Brasier, Higginbotham, Kester, and Massey each stole bases.
East Newton improved to 9-12 after the string of wins early in the week.

In the five-team Class 2, District 12, the Lady Patriots earned the No. 2 seed, behind only Warsaw (19-3 overall record). Lamar, Butler, and El Dorado Springs round out the field in that order.