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Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 1:05 a.m. CDT

Murray 11, Essex 1

MURRAY — Murray improved to 19-2 for the season with an 11-1 win over Essex here on Wednesday.

The Lady Mustangs took a 3-0 lead in the third inning on RBI singles from Megan Oswald and Deena Snyder.

Murray knocked in six runs on eight hits in the sixth inning. Kate Patton hit a triple, while Brandi Gilbert hit a double. Chellsea Jones hit a walkoff single to end the game by mercy rule.

McKenzie McIntosh drove in two runs for Murray, as did Snyder. Patton, Oswald, McKenzie Case and Maddy Martin each drove in one run.

Patton struck out nine batters, giving up just four hits.

Bedford 9,

Nodaway Valley 7

BEDFORD — Nodaway Valley gave up five runs in the sixth inning here on Tuesday, dropping game one of a doubleheader to Bedford, 9-7.

The Wolverines had led the game 7-1 after four and a half innings.

Paige McElfish hit her sixth home run of the year in the second inning. Sidney Hohertz and Josie Carter each hit doubles for the Wolverines.

McElfish drove in three runs, while Carter knocked in one.

Nodaway Valley 13, Bedford 11

BEDFORD — Nodaway Valley bounced back for a 13-11 win in the nightcap of Tuesday’s doubleheader here against Bedford.

The Wolverines survived nine walks from starting pitcher Josie Clarke. Clarke struck out three and gave up six hits.

Paige McElfish hit two doubles and drove in two runs, while Kadee Eblen hit a double and drove in two runs. Christine Gross also hit a double, while Sidney Hohertz finished with one RBI.

Nodaway Valley 14, O-M 2

GREENFIELD — Nodaway Valley picked up a 14-2 win over Orient-Macksburg here on Wednesday to improve to 9-11 for the season.

Paige McElfish struck out two batters in the win with no walks, giving up just two hits. McElfish also hit a triple and drove in two runs. Sidney Hohertz drove in a pair of runs and Josie Carter hit a double.

Courtney Neal drove in one run for Orient-Macksburg.

The game marked the last time that Ray Stewart and Orient-Macksburg head coach Dan McKinney will coach against each other, as McKinney is set to retire at the end for the season.

“It was tough to see coach Dan McKinney ending a very successful softball career,” Stewart said. “We have been friends for over 40 years. We played against each other and sometimes together. I wish him the best.”

Lenox 16,

Fremont-Mills 6

LENOX — Lenox scored 16 runs on 14 hits here on Wednesday, picking up a 16-6 win over Fremont-Mills.

Teya Still started for the Tigers, striking out two and walking none. Beth Christensen pitched in relief and got the win, improving to 6-0 for the season, with one strikeout and two walks.

Taylor Foster went 3-for-5 at the plate and hit a walkoff double to end the game by mercy rule. She drove in two runs for the game.

Still drove in a total of six runs for the game.

Lenox improved to 14-7 overall.

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