The Elsberry Lady Indians headed to Montgomery County on Sept. 29 to take part in the first annual EMO Conference Softball Tournament. After the dust cleared Elsberry captured a second place finish.
“The weekend was very successful overall. The girls played up to their ability and beat one of the best teams in the state,” said Head Coach Trudy Bull.
The number four seeded Lady Indians started the tournament off against the number five seeded Clopton Lady Hawks. This early morning battle ended in 10 innings with a come from-behind 9-8 victory for Elsberry.
Becca Almus took the mound for Elsberry throwing a complete game giving up six hits striking out 11. Almus was also 4-4 at the plate.
Brittni Hagemeier (3-5), Madison Cleveland (3-5) and Kaity Grills (4-5) pitched in on offense to secure the extra inning victory.
Up next for the Lady Indians was the undefeated and number one seed Silex Lady Owls. Elsberry had already lost to Silex earlier in the season and Coach Bull was hoping for a little revenge and to give them their first loss. The Lady Indians got it with a 6-3 victory as pitcher Almus gave up seven hits, striking out seven with no walks.
The Lady Indians scored their six runs on 13 hits.
With Elsberry up 6-0 after five innings, Silex rallied in the sixth scoring three runs on two homers, cutting the lead in half. Almus and the Lady Indians defense held Silex scoreless in the seventh inning to secure the victory and a chance at the conference tournament title against North Callaway.
On offense it was Hagemeier (3-4), Grills and Angel Henke (2-4) and Felicia Pruitt and Olivia Brown (2-4) giving the Lady Indians the fire power to take down Silex.
After a three hour wait the Lady Indians faced the second seed team North Callaway for the championship.
“We came out really flat after about a three hour wait, made some errors and just couldn’t come back against a very good team,” said Coach Bull.
Elsberry lost 7-1 to the Lady Thunderbirds.
Almus pitched her third game of the day and according to Coach Bull, “pitched well.”
The Lady Indians did have seven hits with five of them coming from Almus (3-4) and Hagememier (2-4).
The Elsberry Indians Soccer Indians found themselves in a roller coaster of a week as they would lose to Canton, 3-0 on Sept. 24; win against Winfield, 6-1 on Sept. 26 and then lose 3-1 to MMA for a second time this season.
Indians Head Coach, Dustin Robinson said they got off to a slow start against Canton, allowing them to score two goals in the first 15 minutes of the first half.
Although Canton would add another goal in the last five minutes of the game, Robinson said Goalie Adam Sherrow did a great job in the net but the team, as a whole, just couldn’t seem to get anything going offensively. However, the Indians would find redemption two days later following four goals by Ben Rhoades and one goal each by Addric DeRoy and Dalton Barber.
Robinson said they accomplished a lot of good things during their match up against Winfield and he had hopes that it would remain as such going into Monday’s game against MMA. However, it didn’t seem to fall into place for the young Indians team.
It would remain scoreless for the two teams throughout the entire first half. But just five minutes into the second half the Indians would draw first blood, as Rhoades would assist Mason Cameron to grab the early 1-0 lead.
However, Robinson said a bad-tripping call, with approximately 15 minutes to go, would give MMA the chance to tie things up. Then late in the second half MMA scored again to take the lead.