The Aurora softball team went 2-3 over last weekend's Springfield Invitational to improve to a four-win record on the year, but fell in three games in two days to close out the regular season.
The Lady Houns defeated Clinton 17-2 last Friday to begin the tournament, then fell in a close game 12-11 to Parkway Central. On Saturday, Aurora won the close game of the day, defeating Branson 6-5 before losing 12-2 to Liberty and 11-4 to Carl Junction.
In the three-inning contest against Clinton, Bethany Rogers led the team with three hits and four runs batted in. Five Lady Houns finished with two hits -- Elizabeth Martin, Morgan Sanborn, Chloe Ryan, Autumn Danforth and Brooke Schutte. Each had at least one RBI. Kaysie Carr scored three times in the win, while eight Lady Houns recorded runs on the day.
Rogers picked up the win, throwing three innings and allowing just two hits and one earned run.
Against Branson, Martin scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice ground out after hitting a triple to score Schutte.
Martin, Schutte, Carr, Sanborn and Jessie Conran recorded one hit each, while Martin contributed two RBI and two runs in the win.
Rogers went the distance for the win, allowing seven hits and four earned runs.
After the weekend's tournament, Aurora fell twice in a double header at East Newton, 6-2 and 7-5, before losing 13-0 against Nevada on Tuesday's senior night.
District play will begin next week at Aurora.