AURORA, Mo. — Both the Joplin and Carl Junction softball teams competed against Hillcrest in the Aurora Houn’ Dawg Kick-Off Classic Saturday afternoon.

Carl Junction played the Hornets first. After finding themselves in a 10-1 deficit, they entered rally mode in the bottom of the fourth and piled on five runs to cut the difference to just four. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to overcome the deficit and fell to Hillcrest, 10-6.

Joplin faced Hillcrest after Carl Junction. The Hornets opened up the first inning with one run, but Joplin was able to easily usurp the lead with three runs of their own. They ended up taking home a 4-2 win.

Carl Junction will return to action on Monday, August 30 against Cassville, while Joplin will travel to McDonald County on Tuesday, August 31.