By Greg Perkins
The Lady Wildcats split the two games they played last week, dropping a close one to Mogollon 12-10 on Tuesday, then bouncing back to defeat St. Johns 22-8 on Thursday. The Joseph City squad then played in the 11th annual Gracie Haught Tournament in Payson last weekend. With the majority of the 20 teams in the field being larger schools, the Wildcats played tough, but finished 0-5 over the two-day tournament.
Hosting Mogollon on Tuesday, the Wildcats were hoping for the season sweep against a team they had beaten 14-11 in extra innings just a week earlier. This time around the Cats saw a 6-2 lead through three innings evaporate to just a one-run edge with four frames in the book. Joseph City moved in front 8-5 with a pair of runs in the fifth, but that wasn’t enough to offset a huge sixth inning by Mogollon. The Lady Mustangs scored seven runs in the top of the sixth, moving in front 12-8. The Cats’ comeback bid was halted after just two runs in the sixth. Neither team scored in the seventh, leaving Mogollon with the 12-10 win and the series split for this year. Joseph City outhit the Mustangs 10-4, but made three errors.
At the plate, Kennedy Moss went 2 for 3 and scored a run. Chalet Baldwin was 1 for 4 with a double and scored once. Allison Bushman went 1 for 1. Morgan Johnson was 0 for 1, but walked twice and scored once. Leticia Torres went 1 for 1, scoring once. Haley Edwards was 1 for 2, drew one walk and scored twice. Tacye Baldwin went 1 for 3 with an RBI. Krista Edwards went 1 for 2 with a triple, walked three times and scored three runs. Kaylee Palmer was 1 for 2. Mary Larsen went 1 for 3 and scored once.
Joseph City used four pitchers, Torres, Haley Edwards, Sharon Larsen and Krista Edwards. Combined, they faced 39 Mustang batters. The staff gave up 12 runs, only nine earned, on four hits with seven strikeouts and 20 walks.
After cruising past St. Johns 22-8 on Thursday, the Cats were off to the Payson Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Joseph City dropped all three pool play games, losing to Payson 10-0, St. Marys 14-1 and Santa Cruz 14-2. They lost two games in bracket play to Camp Verde 9-0 and to Round Valley 1-0.
The Wildcats, now 3-8, will return to action on Thursday, April 2, when they host Red Mesa in a doubleheader contest.