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Mena traveled to Waldron to battle the Lady Bulldogs on their Senior Night, and the Ladycats returned with a 12-0 shutout. Juniors Kristen Kesterson and Daryan Torix each racked up three hits, while junior Macy Brotherton had three runs batted in.
Junior pitcher Jordan Ward was very efficient, throwing 80 pitches through the five innings, with 57 of those crossing the plate as strikes. Ward struck out 13 of the 23 batters she faced, giving up two hits and walking just one Lady Bulldog.
Senior Bailey Bunch led off the game getting a free pass to first after being hit by a pitch, while juniors Kenzi Spurgin and Macy Brotherton each singled. Spurgin crossed the plate and Mena led 1-0 after the first.
Junior Daryan Torix doubled in the top of the second, while Ward reached via a walk. Sophomore Kensie Sawyer took over the running responsibilities for Ward and was driven home one pitch later on an RBI bunt by Bailey. Mena led 2-0 after the second inning.
The Ladycats added two runs in the third on four hits. Kesterson led off with a single and was knocked home on a single by senior Lexi Hansard. Sophomore Lexi Brooks and Torix each singled, while Madi Brotherton picked up an RBI on a ground out to shortstop. Ladycats led the Lady Bulldogs 4-0 after the third inning.
Mena busted things open in the top of the fourth, scoring five runs on five hits and a pair of Lady Bulldogs errors. Bunch singled and was driven home on a Kesterson double passed shortstop. Macy Brotherton drove Kesterson home when she launched a home run over the center field fence. Hansard singled and later scored on an RBI fly-out by Torix. Brooks reached via an error and scored when Madi Brotherton reached on an error as well. Mena led 9-0 after the completion of the fourth inning.
The Ladycats added three more runs in the fifth on five hits and a walk. Spurgin and Kesterson singled, while Macy Brotherton reached on a walk. Spurgin scored on an RBI fly-out by Hansard. Kesterson scored via an error, and senior Jami Miller was thrown out at home on the same play. Brooks doubled to center field and was knocked home on a single by Torix. Waldron did have one runner reach in the bottom of the fifth, but they couldn’t put a single run on the board, as the Ladycats handed them a 12-0 loss on senior night.