The Monroe City softball team came out on the wrong end of a grueling marathon battle Wednesday night, falling 2-1 to Hickman in 16 innings.

It was the game that would never end.

The Monroe City softball team engaged in a grueling marathon battle Wednesday night at Columbia Hickman. Neither side scored for the first 15 innings.

Monroe City's McKenzie West and Kewpies pitcher Abby Hurtado each tossed complete games, going deeper than two regulation contests combined.

West threw 185 pitches, while Hurtado delivered 205.

An up-and-down 16th frame left the Lady Panthers heading home with a 2-1 loss — their first of the season. 

Monroe City (1-1) was euphoric when it scratched across a run in the top of the 16th. Riley Quinn hit a two-out RBI double that drove home Bailee Hays to take a 1-0 lead.

“Finally scoring a run in the 16th was such a relief, but on the other hand we knew we had to hold them,” Monroe City coach Melissa Chinn said. 

Zoe Derboven led off the bottom of the inning with a single for Hickman (7-1) and was sacrificed to second. Emily King followed with an RBI single to center to knot the game at 1.

West induced a groundout for the second out, and King advanced to second base on the play. 

Sydney Hollrah then sent a 1-2 pitch to left field for a walk-off RBI single that lifted Hickman to a 2-1 extra-innings victory.

Both teams put runners on base in the 14th inning but couldn't capitalize.

Monroe City also moved a runner to second in the ninth and 12th but was unable to convert.

“I wouldn’t say it was a disappointment at all,” Chinn said of the defeat. “Yes we lost, but these girls played their hearts out. They did everything right. They made great contact on the ball, we just hit shots right to them.”

Hurtado allowed six Monroe City hits over 16 innings while striking out 11 batters to earn the win.

West struck out eight, allowed nine hits and walked three over 15 2/3 innings to get charged with the loss. The Lady Panthers senior stranded 10 Kewpie runners on base.

Hickman moved just one runner past second base over the first 15 innings and was retired in order in seven different innings.

Monroe City committed just one error all game.

“Mack's attitude through the whole game was so positive,” Chinn said of her starter. “I knew she was running on empty but she pushed through like a champ.

"I am so proud of the way we played. Not only did Mack pitch an amazing game, but the defense behind her was phenomenal.”

Monroe City is scheduled to host Macon on Thursday.