Districts this week for area softball teams
Mackenzie Lawson raises her fist as she slides safely into third base after hitting a triple in Troy Buchanan’s 7-6 win over Francis Howell.
Athletic teams are facing ‘bumps’ in the road and the defending state champion Troy Buchanan High is facing this with districts looming next week.
Currently, senior pitcher Elizabeth Wiegand, an all-state player last year, is sidelined with an issue in the elbow. “She was having stress in her elbow that is causing nerve damage,” said Coach Lance Richardson. “The doctor is optimistic that she will be able to throw in districts. She was having a lot of pain but was gutting it out.” The district will be held in Troy October 3-5.
Troy competed in the Kewpie softball tournament held in Columbia where they lost their first two games of the season including a 9-1 decision to Blue Spring South. Rachel Sullivan had the lone RBI for Troy. Melissa Stenborg gave up 11 hits and was charged with the loss. Also that day, Troy dropped a 12-11 decision to GAC rival Fort Zumwalt South. A nine-run second inning by Lady Bulldogs keyed the win. Morgan Oliver had three RBIs for Troy followed by Sullivan and Caroline Martin with two RBIs each.
On Sept. 21, Oliver had three RBIs and a home run in a 6-1 win over Rock Bridge. Martin, Ashley Murphy and Jenny Richardson also had run producing hits. Freshman Kiersten Otte was the winning pitcher. She allowed two hits, struck out three and walked five. They banged out 22 hits and Mackenzie Lawson had eight RBIs in a 22-6 win over Ursuline Academy. Lawson had four hits including a double and a home run. Oliver and Martin drove in three runs each with Nicole Schulte who had two RBIs. Stenborg was the winning pitcher.
“We had a great day Friday in the Kewpie Classic on Friday but Saturday we were a little shaky defensively,” said Richardson.
In their most recent game, they rallied from a three-run deficit for a 7-6 win over Francis Howell. They scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a walk-off home run by Oliver. Oliver had three RBIs (HR and double) with Lawson driving in three runs on two hits (3b, 2b). Stenborg picked up the win. She allowed six hits, only three earned runs and struck out two.
“I think every win we get without Elizabeth is a confidence booster,” said Richardson. “Our two pitchers (Stenborg and Otte) have done a nice job. “Our offense has done well, a lot having to do with our younger girls playing well. We have a great combo of speed and power.”
The Silex Lady Owls won a tournament and a conference championship during an exciting week. With wins over Van-Far and Community, they finished with an undefeated mark (9-0) in the East Missouri Conference. They defeated Van-Far 8-1 led by Natalie Fleming (3/4, 2 runs, 3b, HR, 3 RBIs) and she struck out 11, two hits and walked one to get the win. Leah Miller hit two triples and one RBI. In a 10-0 in five innings over Community, Fleming struck out 10 and allowed only two hits. She also had two triples at the plate. Aly Miller drove in three runs with a double and a triple. Kimmie Dugan drove in two and Rachel Lipsey had two hits and an RBI.
They continued their winning ways in an 8-0 win over Francis Howell Central. Fleming had four RBIs with two doubles with Ashley Brown and Lipsey contributing two hits. They defeated Borgia 13-3 and Clopton 14-2 to win the Montgomery County Tournament. Brittany Howard and Fleming had three RBIs each in the Borgia win. Lindsey Barnhart homered and drove in four runs in the win over Clopton.
They were to finish the regular season participating in the EMO Conference Tournament.
The Lady Warriors have met with success as they attempt to be at a peak coming district time this week. Maria Tippit drove in three runs in a 7-2 win over Duchesne. Peyton Ward and Sarah Entwistle had two hits each. They then dropped an 8-1 game to Fort Zumwalt North. Entwistle had two hits and the lone RBI. They defeated Washington 5-1, getting RBIs from Chelsey Bowman, Tippit, Ward and Libby Marko. They had 15 team hits in a 15-5 win over St. Charles. Ward had six RBIs with two home runs. Bowman and Mackenzie Hoelting chipped in with three RBIs each.
Their offensive game was again on with 18 hits in a 16-1 win over St. Charles West. Bowman had five RBIs with Ward and Annie Rhoades driving in three runs each.