A big third inning by Davis County proved to be the difference in a 5-1 loss for the Chariton Varsity softball team to the Lady Mustangs at Savage Field in Chariton Monday, June 28.

Davis County scored once in the first to lead 1-0 and added four runs in the third to take a 5-0 lead. The score was the same until the bottom of the seventh when Chariton scored one run to cut the lead to 5-1 but couldn’t get any more runs across.

With the loss, Chariton moved to 10-12 overall. Davis County moved to 17-7 with the win.

Madison Buckalew and Layne Braby both pitched for Chariton and Buckalew took the loss on the mound. Buckalew pitched six and 1/3 innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on nine hits while striking out two and walking none.

Braby pitched one and 2/3 innings and gave up no runs and no hits while striking out none and walking none. Chariton committed four errors defensively.

Chariton had six hits at the plate including four singles and two doubles. They also had four walks and seven strikeouts.

Catcher Addie McGee had a big night at the plate going 3-4 with two doubles and a single, an RBI and a walk. Braby went 1-3 with a single. Second baseman Lexi Smyser went 1-3 with a single. Right fielder Haddon Anderson went 1-4 with a single.

Third baseman Sydney Cain went 0-4 with a walk. First baseman Macy Wood went 0-3 with a walk. Left fielder Virginia Smith went 0-2 and designated player Addie Peterson went 0-1. Center fielder Tayah Spiker went 0-3. Buckalew went 0-1 at the plate.

Abby Doran went 0-1 with a run scored and a walk. Lucy Stratton went 0-1.

Defensively, Chariton had 21 put outs and 10 assists. Wood led the team in put outs with nine. McGee had four put outs and Smyser had three. Smith and Doran each had two put outs. Spiker had one put out. Braby and Smyser led the team in assists with three apiece. Cain had two put outs and Spiker and Buckalew each had one.