MULES RECAP: Misner tops PB softball career home run record
POPLAR BLUFF — Brylee Misner set a Poplar Bluff softball record for career home runs Monday in a 15-9 loss to Farmington at Bobby Strenfel Field.
The Mules (2-12) set a season high for runs in a game after giving up five runs in the top of the first inning.
Audrey Lack hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to close the deficit to 13-8. The line drive clipped the top of the fence down the left-field line on its way out for her second of the season.
The Mules trailed 7-2 after two innings and 9-2 in the third when Misner stepped to the plate.
Misner hit a solo home run to the right-field gap, her fifth of the season and 19th for her career.
Shelby Sievers hit 18 between 2014-17.
As a freshman, Misner set the single-season home run team record with 10. That also matched the career mark at the time set by Kristen Ploetze in 2005. Sievers also hit her 10th career home run that season and added eight more as a senior.
Out most of last season with an injury, Misner hit two home runs in 13 at-bats.
Misner drove in three runs with a 3 for 4 performance Monday. Ella Zgaynor was 2 for 4 with an RBI while Adrianne Casey, who hit a triple, and Clara Rahlmann also had RBIs. Lack also doubled and scored twice.
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Misner struck out nine but allowed 11 earned runs on 15 hits and eight walks.
The Mules host Jackson on Tuesday and East Carter on Thursday.
On Saturday, they lost 16-1 and 9-0 at Troy-Buchanan.
Jaden Deaton won the 55th annual Cape Central Invitational on Saturday as the Poplar Bluff boys finished fifth and the girls placed third.
Deaton won the 5,000-meter course by 17.4 seconds with a time of 17 minutes 3.03 seconds.
Dexter edged the Mules by a point for fourth place in the boys team standings.
Salah McCormack placed sixth to lead Poplar Bluff in 23:20 as the Mules finished six points head of Dexter for third place. Jackson won the team title with 23 points followed by St. Vincent (62) and Poplar Bluff (70).
Paige Bradley (22:59) finished 22nd, Kenya Jones (26:50) 27th and Julia Smothers (28:08) was 34th for Poplar Bluff.
Dexter’s Margo Nea won the race in 20:57.
Poplar Bluff’s Tristan Gillihan (20:28) was 37th, Aaron Taylor (20:30) 40th, Ashten Hayman (20:48) 46th and Brent Worley (21:01) was 48th.
The Poplar Bluff Junior High girls won by 23 points as Madison Kordick won the 2,400-meter course in 11:26.87 followed by Hannah Kee at 11:33. Laynie Jones (12:01) finished sixth followed by Lyndsay Weaver (12:01) while Lauren Hobbs (12:23) was 14th for a score of 28 points.
Poplar Bluff’s boys finished fourth led by Cameron Sisk (10:49) in 13th place.
The Mules won one doubles match 8-6, but lost 8-3 another despite each game going to deuce in a 5-3 loss to West Plains on Monday.
Caitlin Dollins won her singles match 8-2 while Eva Bedell was an 8-6 winner. Top doubles seed Clarissa Varner and Simone Anders won their match 8-6 but Dollins and Demi Wisdom fell 8-3. Bedell and Sabrina Hurst lost 8-5. Varner lost the top-seeded match 8-5 while one match was not completed due to darkness.
The Mules, who were without six starters due to injuries, went 0-3 over the weekend at the Rolla Invitational.
Jon Grimaldo had the lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Republic on Friday before a 2-0 loss to Capital City.
The Mules (1-11) lost to the host, and tournament winner, 3-0 after falling behind 2-0 at the half.