DeFore leads MHS to first win


Two big innings powered Dixon over Mendota, 11-1, in a Big Northern Conference varsity softball game on March 26 at the Strouss Park. The game was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

Dixon wasted little time in getting on the board as it plated five runs in the top of the first. The Duchesses banged out five hits and sent 10 batters to the plate.

Mendota got one of those runs back in the bottom of the frame. Alex Barrera led off with a single and came all the way around to score on three wild pitches. That proved to be Mendota’s only run as it had just one baserunner advance past second base the rest of the way.

Dixon repeated its first-inning uprising in the second with 10 batters going to the dish and five of them coming around to score. The Duchesses had just two hits in the inning, but took advantage of two walks and a pair of Mendota errors.

Dixon tallied one run in the top of the fifth to go ahead by the double-digit margin.

The Lady Trojans had five hits in the contest, with Barrera and Jenna O’Donnell both singling twice.

Emma Boatman was Mendota’s starting pitcher, while Mary DeFore finished up in the circle. Dixon had 11 hits.

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Mendota got timely hitting and excellent pitching to pick up its first win of the season, 9-0, at Oregon in a Big Northern Conference contest on March 28.

The Lady Trojans ripped 13 hits and DeFore did the rest in the circle. She gave up just four hits in the complete-game performance. The sophomore struck out seven and did not issue a walk.

DeFore also helped herself at the plate, delivering three of the team’s 13 hits. All three hits were singles and they each drove in a run. Mendota scored the only run it needed in the top of the first when Barrera started the game with a single, stole second and scored on a DeFore base hit.

Mendota had six consecutive singles and scored four times in the second. Picking up safeties were Eve Herbert, Anna Bokus, Juliana Sarabia, Lauren Martin, Barrera and DeFore.

The Lady Trojans put the game away with four more tallies in the fourth. The big blow was a bases loaded triple by Reiss Buettner.

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Genoa-Kingston downed Mendota, 5-2, in conference play on April 1 at Mendota.

The Lady Cogs scored twice in the first inning, including on a lead-off home run. G-K added a run in the fourth on another solo homer and then scored twice in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead.

Mendota’s only two runs came in the bottom of the fifth. Herbert led off with a triple and Martin singled her home. Martin later scored Mendota’s second run.

Jenna O’Donnell added a double for the Lady Trojans (1-7, 1-3), who had six hits.

Paige Manning went the distance in the circle for Mendota, giving up 12 hits, walking three and fanning seven.

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