BONNE TERRE – Opposing pitchers Michaela Reagan and Sammy Waller each breathed a deep sigh of relief at the same moment on Thursday afternoon.
Reagan drilled a vicious line drive that fortunately buzzed past the ear of the defenseless North County right-hander with no physical damage done.
That single occurred amid a series of solid contact during a six-run rally in the fourth inning, and visiting Fredericktown held off the Lady Raiders 10-6 to remain undefeated.
Calie Allgier enjoyed a breakout effort at the plate with four RBI on a double and single, and five Lady Blackcats collected multiple hits among 12 overall.
Fredericktown (6-0) achieved its entire scoring output in two frames, and continued the best start to a season in more than 15 years – possibly since the inception of the program.
North County (1-6) countered with 11 hits, including three each from Madi Carroll and Waller, but could not overcome an eight-run deficit heading into the fifth inning.
Reagan went the distance in the circle with five strikeouts and no walks allowed for the win. Four of the six runs charged against her were earned.
Waller bookended her complete game in defeat with two scoreless innings at the outset before retiring seven of her final eight batters. She struck out four batters and yielded six earned runs.
Amy Layton put the Lady Raiders ahead 1-0 with an RBI single that deflected off an outstretched glove and rolled through the infield, enabling Waller to cross the plate.
Fredericktown answered with four runs in the top of the third. Catcher Abigail Kinkead stroked a leadoff single, and was joined on base when Jonsyn Rehkop singled with one out.
Allgier drove in both runners with a single as the next batter, and subsequent RBI hits from Sadie Gibson and Miley Wengler bumped the margin to 4-1.
Carroll threw out a runner at home after misplaying a fly ball to escape the inning, then doubled and scored on consecutive Fredericktown errors to bring North County slightly closer.
Waller issued her only two walks of the game in succession to Laynee King and Kinkead, but still had an opportunity to navigate the fourth unscathed.
Lady Raiders shortstop Raegan Pierce ranged into the outfield for an excellent catch over her shoulder, then alertly turned and threw to second base for a double play.
But the second single by Rekhop commenced a streak of six straight hitters to reach base safely. Allgier ripped a two-run double to right-center that restored a 6-2 advantage.
Gibson and Allie Bloom followed with singles, and both players crossed the plate on a dropped fly ball in left field. The missile through the middle by Reagan made it 10-2.
Wengler had an earlier double to match Reagan and three other teammates at 2-for-4 overall. The Lady Cats brushed off five defensive errors while their opponents committed four.
North County picked up a run in the fifth on singles from Waller, Carroll and Madi Pyeatt, then brought the potential tying run on deck with three tallies in the seventh.
Madi Pyeatt hammered a long double to cap the scoring after Carroll notched her second extra-base hit on the heels of an infield single by Waller.
Gibson booted a ground ball to temporarily extend the action, but not before she leaped to take a sure hit away from Pierce three batters earlier.
Addy Goggin singled and courtesy runner Madison Phillips scored three runs for North County. Center fielder Emma Pyeatt made a sliding catch in the first inning and superb snag while reaching back at the warning track in the seventh.
Fredericktown netted double-digit runs for the fifth time in six games, and will face its toughest test to date against Farmington on Monday.