Central's softball team gained an early edge against visiting Notre Dame, but the Bulldogs scored six unanswered runs to triumph 6-4 in eight innings Thursday night.
Central jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings before Notre Dame's Beth Schnurbusch replaced starting pitcher Miranda Schlosser and shut down the Tigers the rest of the way.
Schnurbusch threw five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, for her sixth straight win.
Notre Dame's offense was silent until the fifth inning, when the Bulldogs scored four runs to knot the score. Notre Dame then scored two more in the top of the eighth on an RBI single by Kristain Burger and a sacrifice fly from Cortney Ostendorf.
Kelsey Holloway, who replaced starter Amanda Nichols in the sixth inning, suffered the loss for Central (2-12). She allowed two hits and one walk.
Burger and Schlosser had two hits apiece to lead the Bulldogs (9-1), while Jamie Lester had two hits for Central.
Notre Dame will meet John F. Kennedy High School at 5:15 p.m. today in its first game of the Incarnate Word tournament.
WP -- Beth Schnurbusch, 6-0. LP -- Kelsey Holloway. 2B -- Kristain Burger (N). Multiple hits -- Notre Dame, Burger 2-4, Miranda Schlosser 2-4; Central, Jamie Lester 2-3. Records -- Notre Dame 9-1, Central 2-12.
JV -- Notre Dame 21, Central 0, 3 innings
Jackson 4, Kelly 0
Jackson managed four runs off only two hits and won on the road.
Hana Bolen hit a three-run triple to spark Jackson's four-run fifth inning.
Jordan Cook earned her first win on the mound for the Hawks (4-6), allowing four hits in a complete game effort.
WP -- Jordan Cook, 1-3. LP -- Kalie Hughes. 3B -- Hana Bolen (J). 2B -- Maggie Baugh (J). Records -- Jackson 4-6, Kelly 6-3.
JV -- Kelly 6, Jackson 1
Poplar Bluff 4, Chaffee 3
Chaffee stranded a runner on third with two outs in the sixth and fell on the road.
The Red Devils fell to 4-4. Poplar Bluff is 10-1.
Kegan Orr, who finished with two of Chaffee's six hits, got to third on a two-out triple in the sixth but was stranded. Sarah Benton took the loss, allowing seven hits in six innings. Benton struck out five and walked one.
WP -- Kristen Ploetze. LP -- Sarah Benton. 2B -- Courntey Walter (C), Ploetze (P). 3B -- Kegan Orr (C). Multiple hits -- Chaffee, Orr 2-3; Poplar Bluff, Ploetze 2-2; Ferguson 2-3. Records -- Chaffee 4-4, Poplar Bluff 10-1.
Central 9, Carbondale 0
Central improved to 6-0 in dual matches with a sweep at home.
Dani Gross, Sarah Ford, Monica Toole, Lindsey Pingel and Kristen Ford each brought home singles wins. The doubles teams of Gross-Toole, Sarah Ford-Pingel and Foley-Jill Blattner won in doubles.
Singles -- 1. Dani Gross def. Jeanie Lieder 8-3; 2. Sarah Ford def. Catherine Che 8-6; 3. Monica Toole def. Shelly Scimeca 8-1; 4. Lindsey Pingel def. Keely McMillen 8-3; 5. Paige Foley def. Molly Kinstler 8-2; 6. Kristen Ford def. Kristin Germann 8-0
Doubles: 1. Gross-Toole def. Che-Lieder 8-2; 2. Ford--Pingel def. McMillen-Scimeca 8-2; 3. Foley-Jill Blattner def. Michelle Jacobs-Anna Kelly 8-0
JV -- Central won 10-0; JV winners -- Claire Segar, Jill Blattner, Carsen Bahn, Karrie Moll, Elizabeth Knight, Doubles: Ford-Bahn, Segar-Moll, Knight-Brooke Morris, Emily Hiett-Sami Gross, Paige Kinder-Kristi Lazarova
Jackson 7, Sikeston 2
Jackson defeated host Sikeston for the second time this week.
Shannon Cobb, Alynda Lane, Sarah Hinkebein and Ellyn Beil earned singles and doubles victories for the Indians (3-3).
Singles -- 1. Jenny Dewitt (S) def. Jessica Drum 8-2; 2. Shannon Cobb (J) def. Tess Marcell 8-2; 3. Alynda Lane (J) def. Danielle Ahlfield 8-2; 4. Sarah Hinkebein (J) def. Emliy Bowman 8-5; 5. Sarah Detring (J) def. Bohannon 8-5; 6. Ellyn Beil (J) def. Ellie Hensley 8-0
Doubles - 1. Marcell-Dewitt (S) def. Drum-Detring 8-0; 2. Cobb-Beil (J) def. Bowman-Bohannon 8-6; 3. Lane-Hinkebein (J) def. Ahlfield-Hensley 8-0
JV -- Jackson won 6-1; JV winners -- Erin Haff, Maura Meader, Ashley Stevens, Andrea Penzel, Charly Fausett, Mattie Rupke-Kami Miinch
Notre Dame 5, Sikeston 0
Notre Dame eased by Sikeston at home, avenging a loss in last year's Class 2 District 1 title game.
The Bulldogs (4-1) grabbed a 4-0 halftime lead.
Jack Wedemeier and Abe Dirnberger had two goals apiece, while Jason Delgado added a goal and an assist.
Kyle Schade and Ty Williams had assists, and Nathan Kolda recorded the shutout in goal.
JV: Notre Dame 7, Sikeston 0
Codie Lancaster had 22 assists and 13 digs to lead Bell City past visiting Bernie in two sets.
Emilie Stephens added six kills and five digs for the Cubs (5-1-1).
JV -- Bernie won 25-17, 25-20
Woodland moved above .500 with a home win.
The Cardinals improved to 3-2. Woodland will be in a pool with Central and Farmington for today's B.A. Sports Volleyball Classic.
Central's freshmen football team defeated visiting Farmington 21-8. Cantrell Andrews scored two touchdowns on 30-yard runs for the Tigers (1-1), and Derek Renshaw led a strong defensive performance.
-- From staff reports