Stillman Valley proved to be too strong for Mendota in a 10-4 triumph over the Lady Trojans in Big Northern Conference softball action on May 1 at Stillman Valley.
Stillman Valley held the lead throughout, scoring twice in the opening inning. Mendota cut the deficit in half in the second when Jenna O’Donnell led off with a single and eventually scored on an error.
The Cardinals stretched their margin to 5-1 in the third, and they added two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Mendota had single tallies in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Emma Boatman had an RBI single in the sixth and Morgan Marquis socked a solo home run in the seventh.
Marquis also singled in the contest for two of Mendota’s seven safeties. Boatman collected a pair of singles, while Alex Barrera and Reiss Buettner both doubled.
Rylee Klema pitched five innings and took the loss. She allowed nine hits, seven runs, walked none and struck out five.
Mendota held off Winnebago for a 5-4 league win on May 2 at the MHS field.
The game was tied at 3-3 heading to the bottom of the fourth when Larkin O’Donnell drew a two-out walk and raced home on a double by Marquis.
The Lady Trojans added an insurance tally in the sixth on a single by Paityn Barkman and an RBI single by Marquis.
Mendota (17-9, 10-6) needed that run as Winnebago scored once in the top of the seventh to make it one-run game, but Klema coaxed a grounder for the final out with a runner on third.
After Winnebago went on top 1-0 in the first, the Lady Trojans scored twice in the second. Larkin O’Donnell had a run-scoring double in the frame.
Winnebago went back in front with two runs in the third, but Mendota tied it in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by Buettner.
Marquis (single, double) and Barkman (two singles) each had a pair of safeties in Mendota’s nine-hit attack.
Klema went the distance in the circle to earn the win. She gave up nine hits, two earned runs, struck out six and did not issue a free pass.