The four area high school softball teams got their seasons underway last week highlighted by Elsberry’s opening day win and Troy Buchanan earning a trophy in tourney action.
The Elsberry Lady Indians made their presence known with a 9-3 victory over the Louisiana Lady Bulldogs.
“Our girls did what they needed to do for the most part,” said Coach Trudy Bull. “We had a couple of mental mistakes that almost cost us the game, but we played through them and got the win. The team as a whole really did do a good job showcasing their talents.”
Coach Lance Richardson’s Trojans hosted one of the area’s most prestigious early season tournament, the Leadoff Classic. It features 16 teams, many of the qualifiers for post-season action.
Troy opened with a 14-6 win over Windsor in five innings. Leading 6-5 going into the fifth, Troy exploded for eight runs to end the game early. Jenny Richardson drove in four runs on two hits to pace Troy. Ashley Murphy (4 hits, 2b) drove in three and Rachel Sullivan (2b) also had three RBIs. Haley Rotert was the winning pitcher, allowing 7 hits and 4 earned runs.
In their next game, Troy battled eventual champion Lafayette and their late inning heroics fell short in an 8-7 loss. The Lancers led 8-4 going into the seventh when Troy plated three runs. Christa Reisinger went 3/3 with 3 RBIs. Mackenzie Lawson drove in two runs with a home run. Kayla Porter took the loss, she allowed eight hits, six runs (4 earned).
In their next game, Troy built a 9-0 lead enroute to a 10-3 win over Fort Zumwalt North. Lawson, Reisinger and Ashley Murphy drove in two runs each to lead the offense. Sullivan, Bri Livingston and Rotert had one RBI each. Hannah Iborg picked up the win allowing only two earned runs.
In the game for fourth place, Troy rallied for four runs in the sixth in a 4-3 win. Driving in runs were Murphy, Nicole Schulte and Rotert with Schulte getting two hits. Kiersten Otte was the winning pitcher. She scattered eight hits and only one earned run.
“ I thought the tourney went well,” said Troy Coach Lance Richardson. “We were to get all pitchers some innings with Otte being a little banged up. The Lead Off Classic is always good to get everyone involved and see what we need to work on. I was really proud of the come back against Hickman, they have a nice team.. I am happy with our offense and are hitting the ball well. I’m disappointed in our defensive communication, but of course it is early and should be expected.”
Troy returned to GAC South division play Sept. 3, hosting Wentzville Holt. Leading 5-2 after three innings, the exploded for seven runs ina 12-2 win. Troy scored four runs in the second with Reisinger, Lawson, Richardson and Rotert driving in runs. Reisinger went 3/3, driving in two runs. Lawson, Richardson and Caroline Martin also had two RBIs apiece. Holt was charged with five errors in the game. Otte was the winning pitcher for Troy She gave up five hits, one earned run, walked three and struck out three.
Winfield Lady Warriors also competed in the tournament, losing their first three games before posting a 6-1 win over Waynesville. They lost 10-0 to Fort Zumwalt South, 6-3 to Bowling Green and 3-2 to Hillsboro. They are under a new coach in Samantha Van Pelt.
Also under the direction of a new coach (Rebecca Lipsey), the Silex Lady Owls lost 5-3 to Bowling Green in their regular season opener.
“We were down 2-0 and came back to take the lead (3-2) in the third,” said Lipsey.
They scored as Rachel Lipsey got a two out walk and Brittany Howard singled. Ashley Brown hit a double to score both. Michele Norton then singled to score courtesy runner Elly Boothe. In the top of the seventh, Bowling Green scored two more runs for the win.
Ashley Brown was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs in the game. Rachel Lipsey was 1 for 2 with two walks and one run scored. Others contributing to the offense included Brittany Howard (1 for 4 with a run scored), Michele Norton (1 for 3, RBIMelanie Miller (1 for 3, 2b) and Madi Henke (1 for 3 , 2b).