Lady 'Cats end long L&C drought

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SLATER -- If the Marshall softball team thought it had experienced a rough time of late in league play, it's nothing like Slater has experienced in the Lewis and Clark Conference.

The Lady Wildcats had not won in the loop during the lifetime of any of its players, and the recollection of head coach Debbie Gonzalez -- who took the field for the Purple in the late 1970s -- was hazy, although believes that the last L&C victory was in the early '90s.

That long string of futility was snapped Tuesday at Slater with a 17-3, five-inning victory over Paris. Senior Mary Rose Gonzalez allowed only two hits and no earned runs for the Lady 'Cats, while scoring three runs and driving in three more.

She had an RBI single in the four-run first inning, in which Slater drew five walks. The Lady 'Cats banged out four hits for fur runs, including RBI singles by senior Bailey Griffith and freshman Abby Head, in the second.

Senior Mykah Kennedy singled in a run in the third and six walks to begin the fourth frame eventually led to eight runs being scored, Gonzalez providing a two-run single.

Senior Brooke Hunt had a hit and scored twice for the Lady Coyotes (1-8, 0-1 L&C).

Every Slater players scored at least once, with senior Shay Babcock, sophomores Jordan Allen and Morgan Drummond, and freshman Anne Baker joining Kennedy and Griffith in crossing the plate twice.

The Lady 'Cats (1-3, 1-0) will try to build on this breakthrough Thursday during a conference contest at Marceline.

Girls' Tennis: Marshall 12, Moberly 0

MOBERLY -- After her Marshall girls' tennis team lost its first match of the season Monday, head coach Susan Carney vowed to reconfigure the its doubles pairings.

Carney wasted no time doing so, and whatever she did worked Tuesday as the Lady Owls blanked NCMC rival Moberly, 12-0 -- avenging a loss to the Lady Spartans in the Class 1, District 8 Team Tournament finals a year ago.

"We made a lot of changes going into the match, and they adjusted well," Carney said after using four new combos out of the six entered. "They give you all they've got, and that's a coach's dream."

The match started out in doubles, with the new duos of sophomore Taylor Crawford and senior Idalia Aguilar winning a 10-8 decision at No. 1 and seniors Payton Beeler and Amanda Harrelson posting a 10-4 victory at No. 2.

Remaining together and proving successful were sophomore Jessie Lappin and freshman Elizabeth Pomerenke at No. 3 (10-3) and junior Nichole Gann and senior Jesse Lundervold at No. 4 (10-3). Rounding out the doubles sweep were freshman Charlotte Lines and senior Kayla Elson at No. 5 (10-5) and seniors Emily Casillas and Savannah Simpson at No. 6 (10-7).

After a couple of long, tough losses, Crawford won her league debut at No. 1 singles, 10-5 -- with Beeler (10-3), Harrelson (10-8), Aguilar (10-7), Lappin (10-2) and Pomerenke (10-3) completing the shutout of Moberly (2-1, 1-1 NCMC).

"Everyone was focused and knew it was an important match, being a conference and district school, and could help with seeding down the line," Carney said.

The Lady Owls (4-1, 1-0) will be at home Thursday to host Boonville, at which time they will hold their annual fundraising barbecue.

Boys' Soccer: Marshall 4, Mexico 0

MEXICO -- The Marshall defense took the pressure off sophomore goalkeeper Levi Jacobs, not allowing a shot Tuesday during a 4-0 NCMC boys' soccer win at Mexico.

The Owls met stiffed resistance of their own, although junior Isai Trujillo broke through for his 10th goal of the season on a pass from junior Kevin Morales in the 11th minute. However, the Bulldogs blanked Marshall until giving up three goals over a six-minute span late in the contest.

Trujillo set up freshman Diego Rivera for a shot in the 30th minute of the second half, with junior Jimmy Sandoval scoring on an assist from sophomore Kevin Rivera and senior Bryan Sandoval connecting from outside the penalty box.

Senior Tyler Warmbrodt made six saves for Mexico (3-1, 1-1 NCMC).

Jacobs picked up his second shutout for the Owls (3-2, 1-0), who host Fulton for a league match Thursday.

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