REPUBLIC — Neosho’s Kyla Daspit and Republic’s Avery Romans entered a pitchers’ duel when their teams met Tuesday in Central Ozark Conference play.

Romans came out on top, Republic stayed unbeaten, and Neosho dropped to 3-4 overall as the host Lady Tigers earned a 3-1 victory.

Romans went the distance and she allowed one run (earned) on six hits with one strikeout and no walks over seven innings.

Daspit, meanwhile, allowed three runs (all earned) on eight hits with one strikeout and two walks over six innings.

Jaden Gibbs hit a solo home run for a 3-1 score and A.J. Fenske doubled. Megan Weis and Katie Anderson each had two hits for half of the Lady Tigers’ hits.

Freshman catcher McKaylie Forrest, who had back-to-back doubles in her first two varsity at-bats, and sophomore Lili Graue each led Neosho with two hits, and Kaitlyn Killion and Tia Shed rounded out the Lady Wildcats’ six hits with one each. Forrest doubled, bringing her total to six two-baggers already this season. Graue drove in Neosho’s lone run.

The Lady Wildcats continued their run on the road with Willard on Thursday. Willard knocked off Neosho last season in the district tournament, a year after Neosho made a surprise run to the district championship that included upsetting Republic in the district semifinals.

Neosho returns home Monday for a bout against unbeaten McDonald County, a team which outscored its first seven opponents 51-10. The Lady Wildcats also host COC foes Carl Junction on Tuesday and Ozark on Thursday before tournament action in Branson.