MACKS CREEK - The Macks Creek Lady Pirates and the Weaubleau Lady Tigers combined for 32 runs, 34 hits, and 15 errors in their matchup on Monday night. When the dust had settled, Macks Creek had come away with a 19-13 victory.
Weaubleau started in the first. Katie Burkhart hit a ball to third that was overthrown at first, allowing her to move to second. After a sacrifice bunt by Aubri Potter, Megan Pribil drove in Burkhart for a 1-0 lead. Peyton Wood then singled to put runners at first and third. After a pop out to short, Kyla Minica collected an RBI-single to push the advantage to 2-0. Dakota Motley followed with a single, which plated Wood, while and error by the right fielder helped Minica to score and push the advantage to 4-0. Motley was erased attempting to advance to second following the fourth run being scored.
Macks Creek responded with four of their own in the bottom of the inning. Jaci Hix tripled to right and scored on a slow roller to third from Miriah Collins. With one out and a runner at first, Morgan Mashburn hit a grounder to short, where they attempted to get the runner at second, when the ball was bobbled by the fielder. Following a strike out, Sydnee Daugherty laced a double to right-center field, pushing in both Collins and Mashburn. After stealing third, she herself would score when the pick off attempt scooted into left field to tie the score at four.
Weaubleau went 1-2-3 in the top of the second, while the Lady Pirates would plate two more runs. Haley Linton singled but was erased on a fielder's choice by Micah Schmidt. Schmidt would then also be out at second on a Jaci fielder's choice. After stealing second, Collins would collect her second RBI of the night with a double. Faith Manning would single to left and score Collins to give Macks Creek a 6-4 lead.
The Lady Tigers responded to the challenge of the Lady Pirates with four of their own in the third. With one out, Pribil doubled. She would score on a Wood double, who would then score on a Allissa Kilgore double. Kilgore would come around to score when Minica's ground ball to second was misplayed and scooted into right field, allowing her to move to third on the play. Motley would push her across with an RBI-ground out to short for an 8-6 Weaubleau lead.
The Lady Pirates battled back and sent 11 hitters to the plate in the third and scored six runs to take the lead for good. Juli Hix led off with a ball to short, whose throw was dropped at first. Daugherty would collect her second hit of the night, a single, just ahead of an Audrey Whalen sacrifice bunt to put runners at second and third. Linton then doubled over the left fielders head to score both runners and tie the score at eight. Schmidt would follow with a ball to third, which was misplayed, allowing Linton to move to third. Jaci followed with a ball to left, which was dropped, and allowed Linton to score for a 9-8 lead. After a Collins' fielder choice to second, which erased Jaci, Manning would single in Schmidt, and Mashburn would push Collins across with an RBI-single and promptly steal second. Juli came up to bat and again reached on an error, this time by the shortstop, and Manning would score the sixth run of the frame. Macks Creek now lead 12-8.
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The two sides would continue to exchange runs over the next three innings. Weaubleau plated two in the fourth, two in the fifth, and one in the seventh while the Lady Pirates would plate four in the fourth, one in the fifth, and two more in the sixth to create the final score of 19-13.
"This was a slugfest," said Coach Trusty, "I told my assistant after the first inning was complete that whoever could find a way to play defense and keep the momentum offensively was going to win this game."
Haley Linton banged out five hits in five at-bats to lead the Lady Pirates 19 hit attack. She collected four RBI's and two runs scored along the way. Sydnee Daugherty and Faith Manning each went two-for-five while Jaci Hix, Miriah Collins, and Morgan Mashburn collected two hits each in five trips to the plate. Audrey Whalen and Micah Schmidt each singled once and Juli Hix reached base twice on errors. Collins scored four runs, Jaci and Daugherty scored three runs each, Manning and Mashburn each had two runs scored and Juli, Schmidt and courtesy runner Hayley Brown scored once each in the contest. Collins had three RBI's, Manning, Mashburn, and Daugherty had two and Whalen collected a single RBI.
Peyton Wood paced the Lady Tigers 15 hit attack with four hits in five trips to the plate. She also collected two RBI's and two runs scored. Megan Pribil and Allissa Kilgore had three hits, Kyla Minica had two, and Katie Burkhart, Aubri Potter, and Dakota Motley collected one hit each. Jalanie Dampier reached on a walk. Burkhart scored three runs, Potter, Pribil, and Minica each crossed twice, and Kilgore and Dampier scored one run each.
Jaci Hix picked up the win with a complete game effort to push her Fall record to 2-1. She allowed 13 runs, four earned, on 15 hits while striking out five and walking one.
"Jaci threw well for us tonight. She was able to work around some defensive miscues and really give us a chance to come out on top in this one," commented Coach Trusty.
Megan Pribil took the loss for the Lady Tigers. She worked a complete game, allowing 19 runs, eight earned, on 19 hits while striking out three.
Macks Creek improves to 5-1 with the win while Weaubleau falls to 1-2 with the loss.
The Lady Pirate JV fell to 1-4-1 with a 7-4 setback in the night cap.
Sabrina Lafferty took the loss. She worked three innings, allowing seven runs, six earned, on five hits while walking four and hitting one batter.
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Bryttanee Owens, Brooke Hussey, Bethany Willey, and Cheyene Hayes each collected singles in the contest. Hayley Brown and Micaela Ullrich walked while Vanessa Cortez and Cheyann McGuire reached on errors. Owens, Brown, Hussey and McGuire scored the runs for the JV.
Macks Creek is back in action on Tuesday at home against the Lady Mustangs of Eldon. Game time is set for five o'clock. They also travel to the Weaubleau Tournament this weekend.