Eldon played five games over the weekend in the Hillcrest Tournament where the Mustangs won one of four games.
Eldon got off to a tough start against Nixa where they fell by a final score of 15-0. Nixa did all of its damage with five runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Eldon's Lauren Hollenbeck got the start for the Mustangs and allowed 13 earned runs on 18 hits while walking two batters and striking out one. Meanwhile, Hollenbeck and Madison VanHooser produced the only hits for Eldon offensively.
The Mustangs took on the host Hornets in the second game and fell 11 to 5. Kayleigh Fike, VanHooser, Hailey Clifton, Lauren Imler and Taylor Conn all produced two hits each for Eldon as the offense racked up 12 total hits. Unfortunately, Hillcrest came back with 17 hits of their own as VanHooser threw a complete game and allowed 10 earned runs while striking out three batters.
Aurora proved to be a tough opponent as well as they topped Eldon 16-1. Aurora plated nine runs in the first and never looked back. The duo of Imler and VanHooser allowed just three earned runs as the Mustangs produced six errors and gave up 13 hits while walking four batters and striking out two. Offensively, Clifton banged out two hits and Fike had the team's only other hit.
Eldon jumped back in the win column with a 13-7 victory over Walnut Grove. The Mustangs produced 11 total hits and Fike led the way with three of them. VanHooser, Clifton, Elizabeth Rush and Nikki Kidwell recorded two RBIs each to fuel the runs. Meanwhile, the pitching of Imler and Hollenbeck allowed one earned run on six hits while walking four batters and striking out one.
The Mustangs put up a fight in the finale, but fell to Joplin 13-11. The Eagles led 9-0 through four innings before Eldon chopped into the deficit with five runs in the fifth. Trailing 13-5 in the final inning of play, Eldon plated six more runs but the comeback rally fell just short. Imler had three hits and three RBIs to lead Eldon while Rush, VanHooser and Fike added two RBIs of their own. Hollenbeck tossed all six innings allowing seven earned runs on 16 hits while walking a batter and striking out one.
Eldon (4-19) was scheduled to host Russellville on Tuesday and the Mustangs will host Helias on Thursday at 5 p.m.