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Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 6:00 pm

The key was three.

That number played a huge role in the East Central College softball Falcons winning the NJCAA Division II Region 16 championship in Farmington Saturday.

ECC (30-20) defeated tournament host Mineral Area College, 7-2, to capture its third consecutive Region 16 championship.

“It feels good,” ECC freshman pitcher Sarah Westhoff (Washington) said after pitching the Falcons to two of their three wins in the event. “This is my first year. It feels good and I’m ready to come back next year.”

ECC will host Oklahoma’s Murray State College (7-35) in the District J Tournament Friday and Saturday. The best-of-three series starts with games at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The if-needed game is set for Saturday at noon. The winner advances to the NJCAA Division II national tournament.

Other key threes:

• The Falcons were undefeated in the tournament, going 3-0 (with other wins over Cottey, 14-3, and St. Louis Community College, 6-1);

• ECC started the bottom of the first with three consecutive bunts to plate the game’s first run and never looked back; and

• Westhoff, wearing No. 30, went the distance in the circle while earning the win.

“This game was what I call real softball,” East Central Head Coach Brad Wallach said. “The game started with (Kierstin) Monzyk (New Haven) bunting for a hit, (Michelle) Bryant (Crocker) executing a bunt and run, and (Haley) Zenner (Dubuque, Iowa) laying down a perfect squeeze play. After three batters, three bunts, and about five pitches, we’re up 1-0.”

The Falcons didn’t let up from there. ECC added a run in the second, two in the third and two in the fourth.

“From that point on, our attack was relentless, scoring in each of the first five innings. We broke their spirit early and when they finally did score in the fifth, we came right back and answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning.”

The Falcons ended with 16 hits in the contest.

Westhoff worked around jams, but never got flustered during the game.

“I just tried to stay as focused as much as I could,” Westhoff said. “I know how to pitch and what to throw to how the batter is standing. I just know what to do. The defense helped a lot. They always have my back.”

The two Mineral Area runs came in the top of the fifth when the Falcons held a comfortable lead. Westhoff got help from her defense as well to earn the victory.

“Sarah pitched another great game and we played very well as a team,” Wallach said. “It feels good to see all the hard work we’ve put in, come to fruition. It’s been a very challenging year, but a fun year. We’d just like to keep it going as long as possible and keep hanging together as a team.”

Westhoff allowed two unearned runs on six hits. She struck out four Cardinals in the game.

Westhoff credited Wallach.

“He pushed us a lot,” Westhoff said. “He was always telling us that we needed to pick it up and we did.”

Monzyk proved to be the catalyst at the top of the lineup, going 4-4 with two runs on the day. She was able to place bunts between Mineral Area fielders, setting the tone for the ECC offense.

Ashley Hill (Centralia) had three hits, including a two-run home run to right field in the bottom of the third. She had three RBIs on the day and scored once.

Brittany Miller (Lindbergh) ended with two hits, a run and an RBI from the ninth spot in the order.

Westhoff helped her own cause with two hits and a sacrifice.

Five Falcons had one hit each.

Alex Adelsberger (Timberland) singled, scored and added a sacrifice.

Bryant had one hit, a walk, a sacrifice and scored a run.

Kaitlyn Evans (Washington) posted one hit. She stole a base and scored.

Claire Smith (Owensville) had one hit as the designated player.

Zenner had one hit, two RBIs and a sacrifice as well as being hit by a pitch.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games