The Webb City softball team staved off a late-game rally by Joplin and claimed a 7-4 victory at home on Tuesday afternoon.
The Cardinals (6-1) built a 7-0 lead through the first five innings before Joplin (0-7) plated four runs in the top of the sixth — a frame that brought seven Eagles to the plate and included two hits, one walk and one fielding error. Elisabeth Snider highlighted the scoring surge with a three-run home run.
However, the Joplin comeback was denied by a scoreless top of the seventh. The Webb City defense retired a pair of batters on popups and one via a pick-off throw to first base by catcher Taylor Harris.
Haidyn Berry earned the complete game victory, allowing only four hits while striking out thirteen.
Joplin's Jill McDaniel tossed six innings, surrendering five earned runs and nine hits. She also struck out two batters.