Mexico heads into season finale on a winning note

Dave Faries

“We were down, but we came back.”

Sophomore Abby Bellamy was describing the Mexico softball squad’s recent win over Community, where the Bulldogs overcame a 12-5 deficit to claim a 13-12 extra innings win. But she could be describing the 2020 season, which has seen ups, downs and some dramatic rallies.

On Thursday night the Bulldogs seemed destined to fall to Fulton. The visiting Hornets plated two in the first and loaded the bases in the second. With one down, however, Jordyn Thurman nabbed a looping liner at second. She quickly spun and fired to first for a double play, ending the threat.

The defensive play proved to be a catalyst for Mexico’s offense. In the bottom half of the third, Bulldog bats heated up and the team scored three runs. From there the home side held on for a 6-5 win, with Taylor DeMint scampering home on a sixth inning Thurman double to secure the game.

Mexico is 16-11 heading into today’s season finale against Macon.

Head coach Kendra Murphy says the young squad – there are four freshmen and four sophomores listed on the varsity roster – has suffered through some growing pains. Yet she also knows what the squad can do when they play at their best.
“It’s been a lot of ups and downs,” she pointed out. “Like we told the team, are we going to win or beat ourselves.”

Recent highs include wins against Fulton and Community, edging Moberly 6-4 to end a two-game losing streak, and a seven home run performance at the Centralia Invitational. Prior to that Saturday spree, the Bulldogs had six homers as a team.
Bellamy and Abby Oetting each pounded two round-trippers on the day.

“Our hitting came together,” Oetting said, adding that strong defense and solid pitching also accounted for the team winning two of three at Centralia. “All of it was there.”


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