ND softball remains unbeaten

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Notre Dame softball team kept its perfect season going Tuesday afternoon -- but just barely.

Notre Dame slipped past host Goreville, Ill., 6-5 to run its record to 17-0.

Alexis Ralls hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to wipe out a 5-4 deficit and put the Bulldogs on top for good.

Ace pitcher Lauren Reinagel took care of the rest. She relieved starter Heather Menz in the bottom of the third, after Goreville had scored five runs.

Reinagel blanked Goreville over the final 4 1/3 innings, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out six. She improved her personal record to 16-0.

"We wanted to give her a rest today, but we had to bring her in," Notre Dame coach Jeff Graviett said.

Ralls had two of the Bulldogs' six hits.

Notre Dame 6, Goreville 5

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WP -- Lauren Reinagel. LP -- Wright. HR -- Alexis Ralls (ND), Stout (G). 3B -- Harner (G). 2B -- Whitney Eftink (ND), Short (G). Multiple hits -- Notre Dame, Ralls 2-3; Goreville, Stout 2-3. Records -- Notre Dame 17-0.

Delta 1, Chaffee 0

Kendra Burnett pitched a six-hit shutout and Delta scored the game's only run in the top of the seventh inning.

With one out in seventh, Sara Blattel tripled to center field and came home on a throwing error.

Delta (8-7) threw out three runners at the plate.

"Our catcher was like a brick wall back there. It was amazing," Delta coach Laura Brown said.

Burnett also had two of Delta's six hits. On the mound, she struck out four and walked five.

Madeline Kiefer also pitched a six-hitter for Chaffee (6-10), while getting two of the Red Devils' hits. She fanned six and walked one.


WP -- Kendra Burnett. LP -- Madeline Kiefer. 3B -- Sara Blattel (D). Multiple hits -- Delta, Burnett 2-3; Chaffee, Kiefer 2-3. Records -- Delta 8-8, Chaffee 6-10.

Scott City 9, East Prairie 1

Becky Holder went 5-for-5 to lead Scott City's 16-hit attack as the Rams won on the road.

Donielle Howell had three hits for the Rams (7-10), while Emily Essner, Melanie Lacey and Lindsey Hadley all added two.

Rachel Reed pitched the first three innings and Lacey the last four as they combined on a two-hitter.

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WP -- Rachel Reed. LP -- Woodard. 2B -- Becky Holder (SC), Emily Essner (SC), Donielle Howell (SC). Multiple hits -- Scott City, Holder 5-5, Howell 3-4, Essner 2-5, Melanie Lacey 2-2, Lindsey Hadley 2-3. Records -- Scott City 7-10.

Poplar Bluff 6, Kelly 5

The Mules rallied from a 5-3 deficit with two runs in the sixth and one in the bottom of the seventh to beat Kelly (14-4).

Jessica Riley took the loss, falling to 9-2 for the season.

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WP -- Julie Maloney. LP -- Jessica Riley, 9-2. HR -- Londyn Backfisch (K), Sarah Ruff (K). Multiple hits -- Kelly, Backfisch 2-4, Ruff 2-4, Casey Kearne 2-4, Brittany Brantley 2-3. Records -- Kelly 14-4.

Jackson 4, Seckman 3

The Indians held on for a win against the Jackson Invitational runner-up and last year's Class 4 District 1 champion.

Sheila Wade was the winning pitcher, while Maggia Baugh had a two-run double for the Indians (11-6).


WP -- Sheila Wade. LP -- Walter. 2B -- Baugh (J). Records -- Jackson 11-6.


Chelsea Olson had 19 assists, 11 digs and six aces to lead Jackson past visiting Sikeston.

Cassandra Bollinger added seven kills and 11 digs for Jackson while Chelsea Dale had seven kills, two blocks and six digs.

JV -- Jackson won 25-10, 25-6


Lauren Johnson's seven kills led the Cardinals in a home victory.

Jessica Santi added six kills and Chelsea Morris five for Woodland (10-3), while Brandi Killian had 10 assists and Morgan Winchester added eight.

JV -- Woodland won 25-16, 23-25, 25-13.

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Whitney Tapley, Brooke Simpson and Donyelle Pate each had five kills for the victorious Rams.

Tapley also had two blocks and four digs, while Simpson added nine digs. Katie Diebold had eight digs, two aces and three kills; Brittany Licare had nine digs; and Jordan McFall had four aces, five digs and nine assists.

For Oran, Cassie Graviett had five kills and two digs.

JV -- Scott City won 25-15 25-16

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Katie Scholl had 14 assists in a home win for the Tigers.

Wendi Zickfield had nine kills, and Carissa Wheeler had three aces.

JV -- Central won, 25-12 25-20.

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Saxony Lutheran won a best-of-five varsity match at Zalma.

Kara Versemann had nine kills, three blocks, two aces and eight digs for the Crusaders (8-8-2), who improved to 2-0 in conference play.

Nicole Petzoldt added eight aces and nine blocks, Cassie Simpher had four kills and seven digs, and Brooke Kasten had two aces and 23 assists. Kari Hadler had five kills, while Taylor Beal had four kills and three aces.

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St. Vincent posted its 17th victory with a road sweep.

Brooke Hayden had five kills for St. Vincent (17-2-2), while Brooke Brown added four kills.

Kelly Steinbecker and Kailyn Petzoldt led in digs with five each, Lacey Siegmund had 10 assists and Sarah DeWilde added three blocks.

JV -- St. Vincent won 25-16, 25-14.

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Perryville fell under the .500 mark with a road loss.

Liz Martin had five kills and 14 digs for the Pirates (10-11-2). Ava Johnson had five kills and nine digs, while Ashley Castleberry recorded nine assists.

JV -- Perryville won 23-25, 25-20, 25-11.


Notre Dame 2, Carbondale (Ill.) 2

Carbondale scored a last-minute goal to tie the game against the visiting Bulldogs.

Brock Dirnberger had a goal and an assist for Notre Dame (8-1-1). Ty Williams scored off Dirnberger's assist, while Mark Himmelberg assisted on Dirnberger's goal.

GIRLS TENNISCentral 8, Sikeston 1

The Tigers improved to 9-1, dropping only the No. 1 singles matchup between Sarah Ford and Sikeston's Jenni DeWitt by thre closest score of the day, 8-5.


1. Jenni DeWitt (S) def. Sarah Ford 8-5

2. Lindsey Pingel (C) def. Campbell Moore 8-1

3. Christen Edmonds (C) def. Danielle Ahlfield 8-0

4. Brooke Morris (C) def. Megan Underhill 8-0

5. Kristi Lazarova (C) def. Hannah Moore 8-0.

6. Sami Gross (C) def. Carolyn Murray 8-2.


1. Ford-Pingel (C) def. DeWitt-C. Moore 8-2

2. Edmonds-Lazarova (C) def. Ahlfield-Underhill 8-1

3. Morris-Gross (C) def. H. Moore-Murray 8-3

BOYS SWIMMINGSLUH 133, Central 97, Parkway North 97

Caleb Coots had two first-place finishes as the Tigers tied with Parkway North and finished behind host St. Louis University High in a three-team meet.

Sam Gramling and Peyton Waggener also had first-place finishes.

Central finishers

500 free -- 1, Sam Gramling, 5:17.76.

100 butterfly -- 1, Caleb Coots, 55.20.

50 free -- 2, Matt Holmes, 24.96.

100 breaststoke -- 1, Peyton Waggener, 1:05.17.

200 free -- 2, Gramling, 1:55.93.

200 individual medley -- 1, Coots, 2:08.85; 2, Waggener, 2:09.15.

200 medley relay --- 3, CHS (Gramling, Waggener, Coots, Austin Maynard), 1:52.45.

-- From staff reports

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