MOUNT AYR — Leading 2-0 in the sixth inning, Murray broke open the game late to defeat Orient-Macksburg, 8-1, in the steamy opener to the Mount Ayr Softball Classic Wednesday afternoon.
The Mustangs had 13 hits with two each from Kate Patton, McKenzie McIntosh, Deena Snyder, Caitlyn Weir and Maddy Gonseth. Patton, McKenzie McIntosh, Weir and Gonseth each hit doubles in the game, and patton, Danielle McIntosh and Weir had two RBI each.
Patton pitched a three-hitter with five strikeouts and two walks.
“We had a solid hitting game, and a four-run sixth inning put the game out of reach,” said Murray coach Danny Jensen. “We added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh.”
O-M statistics were not available at press time.
Nodaway Valley 9, Adair-Casey 6
ADAIR — Nodaway Valley took a 9-0 lead, then hung on as Adair-Casey scored six runs in the sixth inning Wednesday night.
Josie Carter was 4-for-5 with two RBI for Nodaway Valley (12-17). Rachel Jacobson had two hits. Christine Gross and Sydney Reeves each doubled and had an RBI.
Winning pitcher Paige McElfish had four strikeouts and two walks while allowing eight hits. A-C was hampered by six errors.
Essex 7, Lenox 1
MOUNT AYR — Lenox’s losing streak reached six games in the loss to Essex/South Page Wednesday at the Mount Ayr Softball Classic.
This time errors weren’t the culprit, but the Tigers had only four hits, including a triple by Katie Dukes. Lauren Hensley had the team’s only RBI and took the loss with relieve from Beth Christensen in the sixth. Hensley fanned five and walked one. Christensen struck out two and walked two as Lenox fell to 13-11.