A four-run fourth and a three-run sixth helped Eldon beat Smith-Cotton 10-0 in six innings on Monday at Vansell Field.
Eldon already held a 3-0 lead before breaking the game open in the fourth. An error brought in Kayla Graham in the first, Hannah Ruark scored on a ground out in the second and Brooklyn Bledsoe hit a solo home run to center in the third.
The fourth inning rally started when Eldon opened the inning with a single, an error and an infield single to load the bases. Taylor Pehle unloaded the bases with a triple down the line in left. Pehle then scored on a wild pitch.
Eldon added three more in the sixth. Hannah Green scored an infield single and a Bledsoe double scored Pehle. Graham then scored on a flyout to center.
Twice in that inning, Eldon players took an extra base when Smith-Cotton failed to cover a bag.
“We struggle before the game even communicating,” said Smith-Cotton coach Janeil Draffen. “We just didn’t come out being the most prepared. Our communication wasn’t there. … Nobody was really talking to each other, letting them know situations.”
Smith-Cotton had a hit in every inning but the fifth but could not score a run.
In the first, a Maddy Kindle double and an Emma Honn single came with two out but a grounder back to first ended the threat. In the second, Abbey Ahern doubled but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple. Reagan Hockett was stranded on second after a one-out single in the third. A double play erased a runner in the fourth. In the sixth, S-C was down to its last out when Kindle and Honn came up with back-to-back hits and Mariah Voitl followed and got the bat on the ball, but Eldon second baseman Brienna Shelton caught her line drive to end the game.
“When our pitching has not been there, our hitting has and (Monday), our pitching was there and our bats weren’t,” Draffen said. “Over a two-day weekend Labor Day Weekend, we just didn’t come out ready to play.”
Honn struck out three in the circle for the Lady Tigers.
Smith-Cotton (1-6) will visit Nevada on Thursday.
Eric Ingles can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @Eric_Ingles