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Softball teams picking up momentum

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

Michele Norton snags this ground ball for an out in the Lady Owls win over Wright City.

Michele Norton snags this ground ball for an out in the Lady Owls win over Wright City.

After dropping their first two games of the season, the Silex Lady Owls have found ‘homecooking’ more to their liking. They evened their record to .500 with a 6-0 win over Louisiana and 12-3 against Wright City.

In the Wright City win, Silex got a strong effort from pitcher Melanie Miller.

“Last night was only Melanie’s fifth varsity game (she got a start last year) as starting pitcher and she is really settling in and hitting her spots,”said Coach Rebecca Lipsey. “Melanie is doing a great job of producing ground balls for us which is what we have asked of her. I think she has great potential to keep developing as a strong pitcher.”

The Lady Owls got out of a potential jam in the second inning, getting the third with the bases-loaded. “It was key that they got out of that situation unscored,” said Lipsey. “It is important for the girls to be put in pressure situation and get themselves out that way. They are gaining confidence in themselves and it will help later in the season. I am proud of the ways the girls have stepped up so far. I only have two girls in the same position from last year and they are all working hard to improve their game everyday.”

Offensive highlights for Silex included: Brittany Howard (3/5, 2 singles and RBI triple); Rachel Lipsey (3/4, RBI) Ashley Brown (2 RBIs); Leah Miller (1/4, RBI); Melanie Miller (1/4, RBI, double); Michele Norton (1/4, RBI, double)Nikki Hawkins (1/4, RBI) and Shelby Kreuger (1/1).

Melanie Miller struck out four in the win.

In the win over Louisiana, Melanie Miller got the win, a shutout with six strikeouts. Offensively, Brown had an RBI, two hits and run scored; Madi Henke (1/3, two RBIs and a run scored); Leah Miller (1/3 RBI double and a run scored); Melanie Miller (1 /3, triple and 2 RBIs); Michele Norton (1/3).

The Troy Buchanan High Trojans seem to be hitting their stride picking up three wins in Gateway Athletic Conference. On Sept. 4, Howell North fell 8-5 to Troy. Mackenzie Lawson went 4/4, scored three runs and an RBI. Two of her hits were doubles. Jenny Richardson and Becca Baumli had two RBIs each. Trailing 5-4, Troy rallied in the seventh, scoring four runs. Kiersten Otte was the winning pitcher. She allowed five runs (4 earned), walked one and struck out one.

On Sept. 6, Troy won 10-8 over Fort Zumwalt West. Trailing 7-5, Troy had a five-run rally in the fourth inning enroute to the win. Lawson drove in four runs on two hits (HR). Caroline Martin drove in two runs on two hits. Christina Reisinger scored three times. Haley Rotert was the winning pitcher.

On Sept. 11, Troy defeated Francis Howell Central 15-1 in a five-inning game. Baumli, Lawson, Murphy and Reisinger drove in two runs apiece. Murphy had three doubles in the win. Rotert picked up the win.

The Elsberry Lady Indians are off to a strong start and they held on against Clopton.

“Having to overcome errors was and is our biggest problem right now,” said Head Coach Trudy Bull.

Elsberry beat Clopton 3-2, with Kaity Grills going 2-3, hitting a home run and an RBI. Becca Almus, Olivia Brown and Sabrina Pruitt also earned one hit a piece.

Next up was Wellsville, where the Lady Indians won 10-7. They were led offensively with Brittni Hagemeier blasting two home runs, as well as Almus, who earned a triple and a single before Bull pulled both in the second.

Bull said she knew the teams struggle was going to be staying focused and she believes that is what hurt them during the last inning, but they were able to pull out of it with a win.

Almus went 2-2 with a triple, RBI and two runs scored. Hagemeier went 2-2, with two home runs and four RBI’s. Hannah Arne went 2-3, while Tanner Bencomo, Madison Cleveland and Felicia Pruitt went 2-4 giving the girls 16 hits total

Next up for the Lady Indians was North Callaway, a team Bull said they have been looking forward to for some time.

Winfield Lady Warriors won three games in a row including 6-5 over Orchard Farm, 5-3 over St. Charles and 10-0 over O’Fallon Christian before losing to Warrenton. No details were made available.