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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 3:15 pm

The early falcon gets the recruits.

Getting the jump on the competition, East Central College signed seven recruits for the 2015 college softball season Saturday, Jan. 18.

Signing for Head Coach Brad Wallach were:

• Arlena Armstrong of Lebanon;

• Anna Feeler of Rolla;

• Shelby Friend of Newburg;

• Jennah Garrison of Warrenton;

• Kaitlyn Grills of Winfield;

• Dayla Gruenloh of Owensville; and

• Lilli-Anne Mantle of Washington.

“Overall we’re extremely pleased to announce another excellent recruiting class,” Wallach said. “It’s a combination of versatile athletes who take education seriously, can create competition, win starting spots, and will make an impact right away. We try to recruit locally as much as possible but at the same time, we’ve made a name down Interstate 44, Highway 50, and Interstate 70. We’re going to get it done one way or another.”

One common thread among the recruits seems to be strong academics. Most indicated they had made the honor role or higher during their high school years.

Armstrong

Coming from the same school which contributed standout Brooke Brenton a couple of seasons ago, Armstrong is a shortstop and outfielder who batted .329 during the 2013 high school season. She hit seven doubles and one home run while scoring 26 times and driving in 23. She stole seven bases.

At ECC, Armstrong hopes to major in physical education.

At Lebanon, she made all-conference and all-district first teams and the all-region second team.

She led the team in stolen bases and runs while being named the best defensive player.

“Arlena is an excellent athlete capable of making big plays in the outfield or at shortstop,” Wallach said. “I saw her throw out runners at second base and home plate as a sophomore in left field. This past season I saw her put together a highlight reel game at shortstop against Rolla”

Feeler

A Rolla High School senior from Edgar Springs, Feeler hit .494 with 12 doubles, four home runs, 24 runs and 28 RBIs last fall for the Lady Bulldogs. She plays catcher, shortstop, third base and right field.

Her honors include being named Ozark Conference player of the year, team MVP, all-conference and all-district first team and all-region second team.

Feeler hopes to major in English. She plays in the summer for the Worth Prospects.

“We will be looking at Anna to anchor us down at catcher although she has the ability and experience to play several positions if needed,” Wallach said. “She swings a big bat and is the second Ozark Conference Player of the Year we’ve landed since I started here.”

Friend

The Newburg High School senior, who pitches and plays outfield, hopes to major in biology at ECC.

Friend was a Class 1 all-state second-team pick while earning all-conference, all-district and all-region honors during all four seasons.

During the 2013 season, she hit .545 with 13 doubles, eight triples, five home runs, 33 runs, 24 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.

As a pitcher, she went 17-3 with a 0.99 ERA. Over 119.2 innings, she allowed 67 hits and 30 walks while striking out 188 batters.

She plays summer ball for the Mid-Missouri Evolution.

“Shelby primarily pitched at Newburg  but can also play outfield,” Wallach said. “What impressed me most about Shelby was her competitive nature on the field. That and her ability to drive the ball will be will be attributes for us next year.”

Garrison

Garrison is the latest player to make the trek down Highway 47 from Warrenton to play for the Falcons. She hopes to major in biology at ECC.

Garrison pitches and plays first base.

In 2013 for Warrenton, she hit .446 with four doubles, one triple and eight home runs while driving in 35 runs.

As a pitcher, she went 14-1 with a 2.07 ERA. She walked 13 and struck out 79 over 108.1 innings.

For her work she was named the GAC North player of the year and made the all-state, all-conference, all-district and all-region teams.

Her other honors include making the St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro team in 2013. She was a two-time conference player of the year and made the all-conference squad three times. She was on the all-district team in each of her four seasons.

“Jennah has been a key part of the Warrenton program the past four years from the circle but has played a lot of first base in the summer,” Wallach said. “Her offensive numbers and pitching stats speak for themselves.”

A bigger story on Garrison will appear in our sibling publication, The Warren County Record.

Grills

A Foley resident, Grills plays middle infield and outfield for Winfield High School and the Missouri Ice club team.

She hopes to go into the OTA program at ECC.

During the 2013 high school season, she batted .469 with six doubles, three triples and three home runs. She scored 18 runs, drove in 17 and stole three bases.

She was on the GAC North all-conference first team, the all-district first team and the all-region first team last fall. In 2012, she helped Winfield win a district championship.

“Kaity was a late find for us and a good one,” Wallach said. “She plays bigger than her physical size with good power offensively and will compete at the middle infield positions.”

Gruenloh

A senior at Owensville, Gruenloh comes to the Falcons as a shortstop prospect.

With the Dutchgirls, Gruenloh hit .302 with 14 doubles and two triples. She scored 53 times, drove in 41 and stole 12 bases.

She plays her summer ball with the Missouri Revolution.

Gruenloh hopes to major in mathematics at ECC and brings a strong academic background. She ranks in the top 10 percent of the Owensville senior class with a 3.92 reported GPA. She is a member of National Honor Society and represented Owensville at the sophomore pilgrimage.

On the field, she was a four-year varsity player and was named the team’s offensive player of the year in 2011, defensive player of the year in 2012 and 2013 and made the Four Rivers Conference second team in 2011 and 2012.

“Dayla has caught in earlier years before settling in at shortstop,” Wallach said. “She was a huge part of Owensville’s offense last year, demonstrating gap power as a hitter. She will also be competing for a spot on the infield.”

Mantle

Wallach went back to his Washington High School pipeline to recruit Mantle for next season’s team.

Hoping to major in nursing, Mantle was a three-year player for the Lady Jays. As a senior, she hit .227 with eight doubles and two triples. She scored 37 times, driving in 26 and stole 13 bases. Mantle showed she had a selective eye, walking 17 times to have a .305 on-base percentage.

Mantle, a middle infielder and outfielder, earned the team’s hustle award and was named to the GAC Central sportsmanship team.

During the summer, Mantle plays for the Lady Saints.

Neither the ECC volleyball nor soccer teams has confirmed any new signings. The volleyball team currently has three players signed for the fall while the soccer team has signed two, according to NJCAA.

“Lilli is another in the long line of Washington High School players who have helped us the past five seasons,” Wallach said. “A starter the past three seasons, and winner of WHS’s Hustle Award, Lilli will look to compete for a spot in the outfield right away. I expect her to do well at ECC.”

Mantle was profiled in a larger story in  the Jan. 29 Missourian.

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Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West vs. Daniel Boone Post 262, 5 p.m.

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 vs. Hannibal Post 55, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 25

G3 St. Charles Post 312 vs. G1 winner, 5 p.m.

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 10 a.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 4 p.m.

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 1 p.m.

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 4 p.m.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Springfield Glendale vs. Jackson, 3 p.m.

G2 Sedalia vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. G1 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 2:30 p.m.

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 5 p.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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