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Lions, Lady Lions open seasons with wins

Mount Ida opened the 2023 season with a pair of wins at Jessieville. The Lady Lions won in thrilling fashion, defeating Jessieville 23-13, while the boys earned a hard fought 8-5 win over Jessieville.
Mount Ida’s Lady Lions eased out to a one run lead in the top of the first inning but Jessieville was able to tie things up in the bottom of the inning. Mount Ida exploded for seven runs in the second inning to take an 8-1 lead. Jessieville’s bats woke up in the bottom of the second inning with the home Lady Lions scoring eight runs to take their only lead of the night.
Mount Ida responded with four runs in the third inning to retake the lead. Jessieville scored a run in the third and two in the fourth inning. Mount Ida added five runs in the third, and 10 in the fifth to win the game 23-13.
Bracken Scott earned the win for Mount Ida.
Bracken Scott, Peyton Macejewski, Gracie Summitt, Paxton Spier, Katelyn Macejewski, Kendall Qualls and Addison Thew each scored three runs. Gracia Huitt, and Harmonie Daigle each scored a run.
The Mount Ida boys opened with a 1-0 lead in the first inning and added three in the second to take a 4-0 lead. Mount Ida added two runs in the fifth but Jessieville responded with three runs to cut the Mount Ida lead to 7-4. Mount Ida added a run in each of the final two innings while holding Jessieville to one run in the sixth for the win.
Karter Rowton led the team with two runs scored. Jacob Woodfield, Caleb White, Ramsey Gilbert, Ben Woodfield, Cain McCullough and Blake Wootten each scored a run.
Ben Woodfield got the start and the win with Karter Rowton earning the save. Cain McCullough also pitched for Mount Ida.

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