The Aurora Lady Houns’ three-game winning streak came to an end with a 10-7 loss Tuesday against Big 8 Conference foe East Newton.
Aurora defeated Parkview 15-0, Gainesville 22-5, and Branson 7-6 for the three victories. The Lady Houns fell to 4-7 overall after their loss Tuesday.
Aurora returns to action Friday and Saturday in the Branson Tournament, of course weather permitting, and the Lady Houns return home Monday against Marshfield and Tuesday against Reeds Spring. Marshfield recently defeated Aurora 9-6.
In Tuesday’s game, East Newton scored three runs in the ninth and held Aurora scoreless in the bottom half of the inning for the victory.
The Lady Houns were hurt by eight errors.
Aurora pitcher Caitlin Roberts took the loss and she allowed 10 runs (five earned) on 10 hits with one strikeout and seven walks over nine innings.
East Newton pitcher Katie Kester earned the victory and she allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits with 15 strikeouts and no walks over nine innings.
Rogers, Mattie Sparks, and Kaysie Carr each led Aurora with two hits and Mallorie Schmidt, Chloe Ryan, and Madison Hartwigsen each had one. Rogers drove in three runs and Schmidt, Ryan, and Hartwigsen each picked up one RBI. Rogers tripled and Ryan and Sparks each doubled.
Josie Guinn, Kaitlyn Hailey, and Alexis Harris-Schmidt each had two hits for East Newton and Makenna Brasier, Kester, Macy Bowman, and Liz Barrat rounded out the hits with one each. Hailey doubled twice and Barrat and Kester both doubled. Barrat drove in three runs, Harris-Schmidt two, and Guinn and Bowman one each. The top eight spots in the East Newton lineup scored at least one run with Guinn and Hailey both crossing home plate twice.
In the 7-6 victory over Branson, Aurora fell behind 6-5 before scoring one in the sixth and one in the seventh for the thrilling win on a Brooke Schutte RBI single, Schutte’s only hit of the game.
Roberts earned the victory and she allowed six runs (three earned) on 11 hits with one strikeout and four walks over seven innings. She finished at 90 pitches.
Sparks sparked Aurora with three hits — two doubles and one home run — and three RBI. Schmidt also finished with three hits and Ryan and Nallely Martinez each had two. Ryan drove in two and Hartwigsen added one RBI.
Branson’s Cat Ford, batting at the top of the Lady Pirate order, collected three hits and four RBI, highlighted by a homer.
In the 22-5 victory over Gainesville, Aurora plated six runs in the first, two in the second, four in the third, and then 10 in the fifth, while Gainesville scored one in the first, three in the fourth, and one in the fifth.
It was quite a game for Ryan. She hit a grand slam — her only hit — and worked three walks en route to three runs scored and six RBI.
Kaysie Carr and Sparks also homered for Aurora and Schmidt led with three hits, Carr had two, and Sparks, Ryan, Hartwigsen, and Martinez each added one.
Rogers earned the victory and she allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over five innings.
In the 15-0 victory over Parkview, Aurora scored 12 in the second and three in the fourth. The Lady Houns scored their 15 runs on eight hits and limited the Lady Vikings to five.
Carr doubled and led the way with four RBI, Bri Martinez led with two hits and had two RBI, and Sparks also picked up two RBI. The Lady Houns worked nine walks and reached base four more times on a pair of Parkview errors and a pair of free passes.
Rogers earned the victory and she allowed five hits with one strikeout and no walks over 3 2/3 innings. Caitlin Roberts came on and picked up the final out.
With their victories against Parkview and Gainesville, Aurora finished 2-1 in the Walnut Grove tourney.