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Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 3:00 pm

Dominating play, the East Central College Falcons made certain there would be no if-needed game in the NJCAA Division II District J Tournament Friday in Union.

The Falcons (28-30) secured the district title by sweeping Murray State College (14-29) of Tishomingo, Okla., in the second game of a doubleheader, 7-1.

The win eliminated Murray State and gave ECC a berth in the NJCAA Division II national tournament in Clinton, Miss., May 17-19.

After winning the first game, 5-4, the Falcons continued to take advantage of Murray State fielding mistakes through the second game. Murray State made four errors in the game and that led to East Central rallies. ECC made no errors in the game.

“Offense helps,” said sophomore second baseman Rhiannon Edler (Owensville). “We’ve been having great defensive games lately. It helps when you have offense to back it up and get the job done.”

Unlike the first game, Murray State couldn’t generate much offense against the pitching of sophomore Brooke Brenton (Lebanon). After picking up the win in the first game with two scoreless relief innings, Brenton went the distance in this contest. She allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out two Aggies.

“I think when they got down in the first game, they shut down a little bit,” Brenton said. “Once we came back on top, they were kind of down. We just kicked them while they were down. We almost got it done in five innings.”

In the second inning, the Falcons put two runs on the board in the top of the second and never trailed after that.

Freshman Chloe Galati (Borgia) singled to left to start the rally. She scored on a double by freshman Julie Scheer (New Haven) to bring home the first run. Scheer scored on a single by freshman Jessica Jones (Wright City) to make it 2-0.

In the third inning, sophomore Nicole Thompson (Winfield) reached base on a bunt. She went to second on a fielders’ choice by Galati and scored on a hit by freshman Keely Hill (Reeds Spring).

“You’ve got to do what you can to make it pay,” Thompson said.

Thompson slid home in a cloud of dirt after hustling around from second base, easily beating the throw.

“My heart and determination,” Thompson said about what helped her beat the throw.

The Falcons added three huge runs in the fourth inning, all on one swing of the bat by freshman Kris Stevens (Union).

Stevens homered to center to chase home Jones and Brenton. Jones had singled to left and Brenton bunted her way aboard. An error left runners on the corner for Stevens, who crushed the second pitch she faced from Hosanna McCoy over the center field fence.

“We felt like we were in control throughout this game but the back-breaker for Murray State was Kris’s three-run homer in the fourth,” said ECC Head Coach Brad Wallach.

The Falcons made it 7-0 in the top of the sixth. Brenton singled to left, took second on a wild pitch and was bunted to third base. She came home on a bunt by Stevens.

The Aggies scored the final run. Emily Nix doubled to center field with one out in the bottom of the sixth. She scored on a single by Sevie Carel to right field.

But that was the extent of the offense for Murray State. Carel was stranded on second and proved to be the final Murray State baserunner in the game.

The Falcons touched Murray State hurler McCoy for 12 hits and seven runs. McCoy struck out eight Falcons.

Jones, Brenton, Stevens and Hill each had two hits in the game.

Jones also scored once and drove in a run. Brenton scored twice.

Stevens scored once and drove in four while adding a sacrifice to her home run. Hill drove in one and was hit by a pitch.

Edler, Thompson, Galati and Scheer each had one hit.

Edler also sacrificed. Thompson and Galati scored runs. Scheer doubled, scored and drove home one run.

Nix led Murray State with two hits.

Kayla Pahcoddy and Sierra Golia each walked.

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Thursday, April 17

*Union 11, Owensville 1

*New Haven 5, St. Clair 4

*Pacific 5, St. James 4

Saturday, April 19

Washington 5, Union 1

Monday, April 21

Lutheran SC 3, Borgia 0

*Pacific 6, St. Clair 5

Tuesday, April 22

*Washington 9, Ft. Zumwalt North 8

Wednesday, April 23

*Washington at FZN    4:30 p.m.

Trinity at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Union at Farmington    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

*Hermann at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Winfield    4:30 p.m.

*Union vs. Sullivan (GCS Ballpark)    5 p.m.

Saturday, April 26

Washington at Kirkwood    10 a.m.

St. Clair at Farmington    10 a.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    noon

St. Clair vs. Oakville (at Farmington)    12:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Thursday, April 17

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt S 1 (PKs)

Union 10, North County 0

St. Clair 3, Maplewood 1 (Hillsboro Tny)

Friday, April 18

Washington 2, Sullivan 1

Ritenour 2, St. Clair 0 (Hillsboro Tny)

Saturday, April 19

Cape Girardeau Central 3, St. Clair 2 (Hillsboro Tny)

Monday, April 21

*Holt 2, Washington 0

*Pacific 10, St. James 0

Borgia 3, Lutheran SC 2 (OT)

Tuesday, April 22

Hillsboro 1, St. Clair 0

*Washington 3, Ft. Zumwalt East 2

*Union 2, Sullivan 0

*Owensville 3, Pacific 2

Wednesday, April 23

Union at Incarnate Word    4 p.m.

Trinity at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

St. Clair at Northwest    4 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    5 p.m.

Friday, April 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at FZN    5 p.m.

Golf

Monday, April 21

Warrenton 155, Washington 157 (Medalist-War E. Luecke 32)

Tuesday, April 22

St. James Tny    8 a.m.

Borgia at AAA Tny    1 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

*Borgia at St. Mary’s 3:30 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    4 p.m.

*St. Clair at Owensville    4 p.m.

Track and Field

Tuesday, April 22

Washington Nix Relays (Timberland won both divisions)

Friday, April 25

Owensville Inv    4 p.m.

Pacific at De Soto    4 p.m.

Potosi Inv    4 p.m

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

Saturday, April 26

Washington at Ladue    9 a.m.

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

Boys Volleyball

Wednesday, April 23

North Tech at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

Bayless at Borgia    5 p.m.

College Softball

Monday, April 21

*ECC at St. Louis (Split-St. Louis won first game, 6-5, ECC won second game in eight innings, 9-8)

Wednesday, April 23

*Three Rivers at ECC, 2 p.m.

Friday, April 25

ECC at Region 16 Tournament, TBA

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