Reinagel entered Friday's Class 3 state semifinal against Webb City with a 27-0 record, a 0.47 ERA and 235 strikeouts.
But Webb City's Nicole Hudson was more relaxed and in command.
"My catcher Molly [Garst] has been over my house almost every day this week and we took what little information we had about this team and ran with it," Hudson said. "We found a little bit of film on them and we dissected what we had. .. And the wind today helped my screwball, which was rising and keeping them off balance. Yeah, we just went after them."
Hudson dominated the Bulldogs lineup from top to bottom, tossing a complete-game shutout while striking out 15 and allowing two hits to help her team to a 3-0 victory over Notre Dame at the Rainbow Complex.
Reinagel was the winning pitcher in the second game, going all seven innings and allowing one unearned run, two hits and five walks. She struck out 11 batters and improved her season record to 28-1.
"We were all crushed," Reinagel said about the team's feelings after the first game. "Our school has never done that [win state] before and we really wanted to do it."
Reinagel's 28 wins tied her for second all-time in Missouri for wins in a season. She only trails Melanie Wallach, who posted at 29-3 record for Eureka as a senior in 1999, according to the 2007-08 Missouri State High School Activities Association Records Book and Yearbook. Sophia Alexander of Strafford had a 28-2 record as a junior in 2005.
"All of us, we played amazing, and I pitched amazing this year," Reinagel said when told about her record. "I'm just so proud of my girls. I could not have done it without them."
"She [Reinagel] was frustrated today, but she faced some talented hitters and they got the better of her today, especially the top two in the lineup," Notre Dame coach Jeff Graviett said. "The leadoff hitter sprayed the ball all over the field. It was like it had eyes and went to the right spots to get on base. And their No. 2 hitter is probably one of the best we've seen all year."
Notre Dame regrouped well for its third-place game, which started about two hours after the first game finished. Reinagel said her team just felt more relaxed for the second game.
"All we wanted to do that game was have fun," Reinagel said. "We didn't want to cry, we didn't want to be upset, we just wanted to have fun."
"I have been playing with these girls all my life and it's the last time playing with each other, so we just wanted to have fun."
Menz's hit, which scored Alexis Ralls, came in the first inning.
"We were a lot more relaxed," Menz said. "We kept telling ourselves, 'We're going to win this game.'
"We wanted to win it because it was our senior year. I told myself before I went up there I have to get a hit in this last game at some point. I wanted to make it happen and I did."
Bond's RBI hit off Platte County hurler Haley Pypes came in the bottom of the fourth inning to increase Notre Dame's lead to 2-0. Platte County scored one unearned run in the seventh.
"[Not making the finals] was pretty disappointing at first, but we didn't let it get us down because we had a really good record and a really good year."
TOP: The Notre Dame softball players gathered after their 2-1 victory over Platte County in the Class 3 third-place game Friday in Columbia, Mo.
RIGHT: Notre Dame's Alexis Ralls crossed the plate with the first run in the third-place game. BOTTOM RIGHT: Teary-eyed Notre Dame players made their way on to the field to congratulate Webb City after losing for the first time this season in the semifinals. BOTTOM LEFT: Notre Dame second baseman Alex Fowler awaited a throw to catch a Platte County base runner that strayed too far from the bag. LEFT: Notre Dame pitcher Lauren Reinagel threw out a Webb City batter on a bunt.