Mendota's Brooke Carroll slides in ahead of the tag against Byron on May 2.
Mendota and Oregon locked up in a slugfest that eventually went to the host Lady Hawks in nine innings, 17-16, in Big Northern Conference softball action on April 30.
The Lady Trojans took what seemed like a commanding 8-0 lead in the first inning, but Oregon climbed all the way back and scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and force extra innings.
Mendota went back in front with a run in the top of the eighth on a double by Mary Wackerlin and an RBI single by Reiss Avery, but Oregon tied it in the bottom of the eighth and won it in the ninth.
The Lady Trojans had 17 hits in the contest, including six in the first inning. Mendota quickly loaded the bases on a double by Brooke Carroll, a single by Malorie DeFore and a walk to Wackerlin. Mallary Phalen followed with a two-run single, Brooke Stallings drove in a run with a single and Taylor Browder had an RBI ground out.
Stallings hammered a solo home run in the second inning and the Lady Trojans scored four more runs in the third with Phalen delivering another two-run single and Avery singling in another run.
Mendota tacked on two more runs in the fifth on a two-run double by Stallings.
Carroll and Avery both finished with four hits apiece, while Phalen and Stallings each had three hits, and DeFore added two. Phalen and Stallings both drove in four runs.
The Lady Trojans used three pitchers, starting with Browder. Amy Devitt and Avery pitched in relief.
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The Lady Trojans nudged across two runs in the bottom of the sixth and that was the difference in a 7-5 triumph over Byron in a BNC game on May 2 at the MHS field.
Mendota took a 1-0 lead in the first on a lead-off double by Carroll and a ground out by DeFore.
MHS scored again in the second on a single by Avery and a run-scoring double by Lauryn Zinke.
Browder held Byron scoreless through three innings before it struck for four runs in the fourth to take the lead. Three hits and an error contributed to the scoring.
Mendota responded in the bottom of the fourth with three runs to take the lead. A two-run single by Wackerlin was the big blow in the frame.
Byron managed a run in the fifth to tie the game before the Lady Trojans scored a pair in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead. Carroll was safe on an error, stole two bases and scored on a fielder’s choice by Wackerlin. One out later, Stallings singled up the middle to score a big insurance run.
Browder allowed a harmless two-out single in the top of the seventh to get the win. She allowed nine hits, only one earned run, walked one and fanned three.
Mendota finished with nine hits. Wackerlin and Stallings had two apiece, while Wackerlin drove in three runs.
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Mendota and Byron played again on May 5, this time in Byron, and the result was the same – an 8-3 Lady Trojan win. MHS improved to 8-12 overall and 5-3 in BNC play.
Mendota struck for two runs in the first with Phalen driving home one on a single, but Byron scored three in the bottom of the frame to take the lead.
The Lady Trojans regained the advantage for good with two in the third and then added three more runs in the fourth and one in the seventh.
Avery and Zinke had run-scoring singles in the third, while Wackerlin singled in a run in the fourth.
Mendota collected 11 hits, led by Wackerlin with three singles. Carroll (single, double) and Phalen (two singles) also aided the cause.
Browder was in the circle and got the win. She settled down after a rocky first and blanked Byron the rest of the way. She gave up eight hits, walked three and struck out three.