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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 12:00 pm

Belting three home runs, the Sullivan softball Lady Eagles defended their Class 3 District 9 championship Saturday by beating Union, 10-4.

“We’re really excited,” said Sullivan Head Coach Ashley Crump. “The last time we played Union, it was a 5-4 finish, so we knew that we were going to have to get our bats alive especially in this cold weather.”

The power surge surprised Crump.

“I think we had three home runs all season, so to have three more today was awesome,” Crump said.

Sullivan (17-8) will visit Blair Oaks Wednesday in the sectional round.

“I think they beat Southern Boone, 3-2,” Crump said. “We know a little bit about them and how to prepare for them. We’re hoping to get another one under our belt and keep pushing into the postseason. We would like to make another run at state.”

The winner will face the winner of a sectional between Bolivar and Monett Saturday.

“At the beginning of the season, we had to move everyone around with the exception of Michala Martin,” Crump said. “She’s the only one still in the same place as last year. They’re really doing a nice job.”

Saturday’s win over Union at the Campbell-Chapman Sports Complex in Sullivan marked the second time this season the Lady Eagles beat Union (17-6).

“They’ve got some girls who understand what it takes,” Union Head Coach Bill Juengel said. “They come through when it counts. Give them some credit. That’s what they do.”

And Saturday’s district title game went a lot like the regular season game. Sullivan took a big lead and Union rallied in the final inning.

“The hole already was too deep,” Juengel said. “We had opportunities early on. We had runners on base during the first two innings and we just weren’t able to come up with the big hit. They did come up with the big hits. That was the difference in the game.”

Crump said Union took advantage in the final inning once again.

“They’re a seventh-inning hitting team and we’re a seventh-inning relax team,” Crump said. “I started to sweat, believe it or not, because it’s cold out here. We kept telling them they have a cushion and to take it one out at a time. Fortunately Tessa (Johanning) kicked it into gear and we made the plays.”

But Union’s rally wasn’t anything close to enough to knock off the Lady Eagles.

The game had been scheduled for Friday afternoon, but wet field conditions forced organizers to push it back to Saturday morning.

Despite the cold and cloudy morning, Union found its offense and threatened first.

Courtney Zweifel led off with a walk and moved to second on a bunt by Shelby Miller. But she was stranded in scoring position.

Sullivan scored in its half of the first inning. With two outs, Emmie Blankenship launched a shot over the center field fence.

The second inning went pretty much the same way. Union stranded a runner in scoring position while Sullivan came up with two more runs in its half of the inning.

Sarah Messex led off with a single and Halle Coats doubled her home. Coats took third as Union tried to throw to the plate.

Pinch runner Emily Alexander scored on a groundout by Aubrey Daniel to make it 3-0.

Union got one run back in the third. With one out, Zweifel reached on an error off the glove of the third baseman. She stole second, went to third on a single by Miller and scored on a Briana Lakebrink single.

However, Sullivan clamped down to force Union to strand two runners on base.

In Sullivan’s fourth, Messex led off with a walk and scored on a home run by Coats to center field.

This time, Union forced Sullivan to strand runners as the Lady Eagles left the bases loaded when the final out was recorded on a foul out.

After holding Union in the fifth, Sullivan added to its 5-1 lead in the bottom of that frame.

Michala Martin reached on an error and Messex walked. Coats drove Martin home with a single to center. Sierra Pryor reached on a fielders’ choice and then took second as Union declined to throw to stop the steal with a runner on third.

Daniel grounded out and Messex scored. Hedges then singled into right to bring Pryor to the plate to make it 8-1.

In the sixth, Messex belted a two-out, two-run home run to left field to bring in Blankenship and make it 10-1.

Union had its best offensive inning in the seventh.

Janna Ruether led off with a single and cross the plate on a pinch hit home run to left field by Victoria Fleming.

“She’s got a good swing,” Juengel said. “She can make the ball fly out there. She went up there and did a good job for us.”

Zweifel followed with a double and she scored on a single by Miller.

Miller moved to second on a passed ball, but Tessa Johanning settled down to retire the next three batters to seal the title.

Brooke Ruether, who is one of four seniors for Union, suffered the loss for the Lady ’Cats. Other seniors for Union are Emily Arens, Lakebrink and Karissa Peth.

“We’re going to miss those four seniors,” Juengel said. “We’ve got a number of girls coming back and hopefully they can continue to work on their game and get a little stronger while getting ready for next year.”

Juengel said there is room for improvement.

“There are a lot of teams in the state which would take the season we had,” said Juengel. “We still came up short from where we wanted to get. That’s the way it goes.”


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