The Aurora Lady Houns earned their first win of the season with a 10-1 victory Monday against Hartville, but they were run-ruled the next day by their Big 8 Conference rival Monett 14-0 in five innings. That was the third time in five games this season an opponent scored 10 or more runs against the Lady Houns.
Things certainly did not get any easier for the Lady Houns on Thursday night when they hosted unbeaten McDonald County, whose dossier this season already includes victories over Bolivar and Ozark, two of the best softball teams in the area.
In the win against Hartville, Aurora scored all 10 runs in the fourth, while Lady Houns pitcher Bethany Rogers surrendered her lone run in the third.
Rogers allowed one run (unearned) on four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over seven innings. She finished right smack dab at 100 pitches.
Bri Martinez’s double highlighted Aurora’s four hits and Mallorie Schmidt, Mattie Sparks, and Madison Hartwigsen each joined the hits column with singles.
All nine players in the Aurora lineup scored at least one run: Kaysie Carr scored twice and Brooke Schutte, Schmidt, Sparks, Chloe Ryan, Rogers, Nallely Martinez, Hartwigsen, and Bri Martinez each crossed home plate once.
The Lady Houns worked six walks, were hit by pitch three times, and reached on just one error.
In the loss against Monett, Aurora managed two hits against pitcher Kassie McCallister and hurt itself with four errors. The Lady Cubs scored their 14 runs on 13 hits and plated two runs in the first, five in the second, two in the third, and five in the fourth in the five-inning contest.
Sparks and Ryan managed the only hits against McCallister.
Rogers took the loss with 14 runs (10 earned) allowed on 13 hits with two strikeouts and three walks over four innings. She reached 91 pitches in four innings, just nine fewer pitches than her count in seven innings Monday against Hartville.
McCallister recorded nine strikeouts and no walks, and finished at 78 pitches.
Aurora and Monett both play in Class 3, District 12, alongside Carl Junction, Cassville, McDonald County, and Seneca. The Lady Houns have been again rewarded district hosting rights.