Central softball holds off Farmington

Sunday, October 12, 2003

FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Central's softball team survived a bases-loaded, no-out scare in the bottom of the seventh to move into the Class 4, District 1 finals with a 3-2 win over Farmington on Saturday.

No. 1 Central scored single runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings to climb out to a 3-0 lead. Farmington, the fourth seed, started the seventh with a walk and it went downhill from there for the Tigers.

Farmington's next hitter reached on a bloop single and the next hitter reached to load the bases.

Central starter Megan McDonald allowed a single with the bases loaded as Farmington's scored its first run, and a second run scored while Central had a player in a run down. With runners on first and second and still no outs, McDonald forced two grounders to secure two outs and got her ninth strikeout to end the game.

"It's probably the biggest scare we've had all year long," Central coach Amy Blattel said. "But the positive thing for me is our kids were absolutely calm."

Farmington's two runs were the most Central has allowed in a district tournament game in three years. Central was led offensively by Tara Ford and Jamie Lester, who had two hits apiece.

The Tigers will face No. 2 Hillsboro in the finals at 5 p.m. Monday. Hillsboro beat No. 6 Poplar Bluff 2-0.

Windsor 2, Notre Dame 1, 11 innings

In front of its home crowd No. 5 Windsor pulled off an upset with an 11-inning win over top-seeded Notre Dame in the Class 3, District 2 semifinals.

Laura Weissmueller got Notre Dame's (17-4) offense going in the top of the first with an infield hit and a stolen base. Weissmueller later scored on an error.

Windsor struck back in the bottom half of the inning when starting pitcher Andie Allen doubled and later scored on a groundout.

Both teams went the next nine innings without scoring. Windsor broke through in the bottom of the 11th as Allen once again provided the offense with a leadoff triple. The next batter singled to score Allen and complete the upset.

Notre Dame starter Lindsay Reinagel finished with four strikeouts, four walks and four hits. Sarah Michel led the Bulldogs with two hits.

Windsor will face No. 2 Herculaneum on Monday in the district finals.

Class 1 final postponed

Delta's bid for another Class 1, District 1 title was postponed until Monday due to rain. Thayer had five inches of rain causing the games to be moved back.

VOLLEYBALL

Stoddard Co. tournament

Advance survived its second three-game match with Bell City to win the Stoddard County Conference Volleyball Tournament.

The Hornets won 25-17, 20-25, 25-21. Nicole Tropf and Dana Williams each had big games for Advance (19-6). Tropf finished with 18 kills, 13 digs and five blocks. Williams added 12 kills, 10 digs and five blocks. Leslie Rainey had 14 assists and 13 digs for Advance, and Alicia Broshuis had 13 assists and 12 digs.

Katie Niemczyk led the Cubs (15-8) with 12 kills, 10 digs and two aces. Anrdreia Wondel had 25 digs and six kills. Whitney Abner added 21 assists and eight digs for Bell City and Emily Burch had 11 digs and four kills.

Dexter beat Bloomfield for third place. CROSS COUNTRY

Potosi Invitational

Led by first-place finisher Jennifer Pancoast, Central's girls captured the Potosi Invitational.

Pancoast covered the 3.1-mile layout in 19:34 to claim her third victory of the season. Pancoast, a junior, also won the Central Invitational and Jackson Invitational.

"That's a heck of a time," Central coach Mark Hahn said, noting Pancoast was just four seconds off the course record. "Anytime a female runner breaks 20 minutes is significant."

Central posted a team score of 44 with Ste. Genevieve second at 64 and Herculaneum (151) a distant third. Kelly (233) was fifth in the field.

The Tigers' winning score was rounded out by Holly Shaffer (5th, 20:51), Linnea Woldtvedt (6th, 21:01), Cassie Kipper (13th, 22:17) and Hannah Lewis (19th, 23:19).

The team victory was Central's second of the season.

Emily Strobel was Kelly's only medalist in 18th. Amber Dirnberger just missed in 31st.

Central's boys, paced by eighth-place Corey Huskey (17:23), finished third with 118 points. Potosi captured first with a team total of 41. Herculaneum (111) finished just ahead of the Tigers.

Kelly's boys had two medalist in Trey Simmons (22nd) and Michael Glastetter (24th).

Marshall Co. Invitational

Notre Dame had four boys medal en route to a sixth place finish at the Marshall County (Ky.) Invitational.

Paducah Tilghman won the 21-team boys meet with 58 points. Notre Dame finished with 146 points.

Ryan Roggow was Notre Dame's top finisher in 25th (18:04). Sam Montgomery (26th), Matt Pfau (28th) and Greg Kanneberg (32nd) were the Bulldogs' other medalists.

Jackson's only medalist was Norman Popp in 32nd.

Jackson's girls finished seventh. Rachel Schmidt (20th) and Ashley Meyr (21st) medaled for Jackson.

FOOTBALL

East Prairie 49, Chaffee 12

East Prairie rushed for six touchdowns and stretched its win streak to three games Friday night.

Josh Boyer, Brent Harland and Paris Tipler each rushed for two touchdowns for the Eagles (3-2). Chaffee (0-6) was led by quarterback Jeff Daugherty who threw for 127 yards and a touchdown. Daugherty also rushed for a touchdown.

The three-game winning streak is the first for the Eagles since 1994.

-- From wire reports

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