The McDonald County Lady Mustangs jumped out to a 7-0 start entering their road game Thursday against Aurora.
The Lady Mustangs outscored their first seven opponents 51-10 with their closest game a 5-4 victory over Bolivar. Bolivar ended McDonald County’s season last year in the Class 3 sectionals.
In a 7-0 victory Tuesday over Reeds Spring, sophomore pitcher Madeline McCall gave another strong Tuesday performance a week after she recorded 13 strikeouts against East Newton. McCall proved even better against Reeds Spring with seven scoreless innings, four hits allowed, and 14 strikeouts and one walk. She finished at 110 pitches.
Reagan Myrick led the Lady Mustangs with three hits and three RBI, Whitney Kinser had a pair of hits and three runs scored, and Rita Santillan scored two runs as the top four spots in the McDonald County lineup combined to score all seven runs.
On Monday, McDonald County fell behind 1-0 to Joplin but scored the final nine runs, including seven in the sixth.
Junior pitcher Alexa Hopkins allowed one run (unearned) on two hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over seven innings.
Bottom of the order Adaslyn Leach and Emily Emmert combined for half of the Lady Mustangs’ eight hits against Joplin with Leach scoring two runs and Emmert driving in two. Kristen Cornell also had two RBI and Jackie Grider also scored two runs. Santillan, Grider, and Leach each picked up RBI.
In the 5-4 victory against Bolivar, McDonald County trailed 2-0 and 4-2 before pushing across the game’s final three runs.
Hopkins earned the win and she allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits over five innings and McCall pitched two scoreless to wrap up the victory.
At the plate, Hopkins collected two hits, two runs scored, and two RBI, highlighted by her home run that earned McDonald County a 4-all score.
In the decisive fourth, Grider reached on an error, then courtesy runner Caitlin Hall stole second, advanced to third on a fly out by Leach, and scored the winning run on a Cornell single.
In the victory against Ozark, McCall gave another commanding performance in the circle. (McCall and Hopkins form a two-headed dragon that will be difficult to slay all season.)
McCall allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over seven innings. She finished at 101 pitches.
Senior third baseman Kinser enjoyed a huge game at the plate with two hits — a homer and a double — and three RBI.
The Lady Mustangs have already nearly reached one-third of their win total from last season.