It took awhile, but Mendota’s bats finally woke up late in the game as it scored all of its runs in one inning for a 9-1 triumph over North Boone in Big Northern Conference varsity softball action on April 11 at the MHS field.
The game was scoreless until the third when North Boone pushed across an unearned run on an error, a hit batter and a groundout.
The Lady Trojans only had four baserunners through five innings, but made up for that in a big way in the sixth when they sent 13 batters to the plate and nine of them scored.
Haylie Barrera sparked the rally when she drew a leadoff walk, went to second on a passed ball and advanced to third on a stolen base. Morgan Marquis drove her in with a ground out to tie the game. After that, Mendota strung together six straight hits. Rylee Klema, Alexis Diaz and Ryann Avery all singled to load the bases. Kathryn McNally and Gracie Sheehan both singled in a run, then Brittany Menzel cleared the bases with a three-run triple.
The Lady Trojan hit machine kept going when Barrera and Marquis produced back-to-back run-scoring triples, and it was capped off by a Klema RBI single.
Mendota finished with 12 hits, including three by Klema and two apiece from Avery and Menzel.
Klema was the winning pitcher, holding North Boone to just two hits. She struck out 13, did not issue a walk, and set the side down in order five out of the seven innings.
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Mendota rallied in the late innings to take an 8-5 verdict over Oregon in a conference game on April 12 at Oregon.
The Lady Hawks took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third, but Mendota responded with two in the top of the fourth. Barrera and Marquis singled to open the inning and then Klema produced an RBI single. Alexis Diaz drove in another run with a ground out.
Oregon put single runs on the board in the fourth and fifth innings before Mendota rallied for the win.
The Lady Trojans scored twice in the sixth without the benefit of a hit, and then pushed across four runs in the top of the seventh to pull out the victory. Larkin O’Donnell and Marquis supplied run-scoring singles in the inning.
Mendota collected just five hits in the contest. Oregon managed nine hits off of Klema, but only one in the final three innings. The Mendota pitcher recorded 10 strikeouts and had no walks.
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Mendota and Byron hooked up in a 15-inning marathon that finally went to the Lady Trojans, 1-0, in a BNC contest on April 17 at Byron.
Hope McDowell stroked a one-out single in the 15th and then Anna Bokus doubled her to third. McDowell scampered home on a wild pitch to provide the winning run.
Klema pitched all 15 innings to get the hard-earned win as Mendota improved to 7-6 overall and 6-1 in league play. She allowed six hits, struck out 19 and walked six.