Tigers nipped by Mustangs
ANDERSON, Mo. --The Lady Tiger softball team is making strides. From an 18-1 run-rule defeat to McDonald County in late August, Nevada narrowly lost a 1-0 contest to the Mustangs on Tuesday. Nevada (1-4) fell to 0-3 in the Southwest Conference, but proved they can compete with conference rivals. "The girls are realizing that they can compete with anybody," said Nevada coach Chris Garzone, of the third-year program. "We just want to be competitive and give ourselves a chance." McDonald County, behind pitcher Kacie Clark, made an unearned run in the third inning stand up for the margin of victory. Clark went the distance, allowing three hits and striking out 10. Nevada starter Whitney Smith was nearly as good. Smith (0-2) went six innings, allowed five hits, struck out four and walked one. The Tiger defense, solid for the second straight game, committed only one error, but it was costly. The Mustangs' leadoff hitter in the third singled and was sacrificed to second. Following an infield flyout, the Tigers were unable to handle a potential third-out grounder, allowing what proved to be the winning run to cross the plate. Mallori Adams, Afton Baldwin and Courtney Hinkle singled for the Tigers' hits. The Nevada junior varsity lost to McDonald County 7-2. Aubrey Jones singled for the Tigers only hit. Jones later scored on a passed ball, as did Carla Drake, who walked, stole second and third before coming home on a passed ball. Nevada stays on the road for a game, varsity only, against Cedar County-rival El Dorado Springs on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.