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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 5:00 pm

Facing local competition proved to be just the tonic for the Borgia softball Lady Knights this week.

Borgia (3-4) bounced back from an Archdiocesan Athletic Association rout Tuesday against St. Dominic, 16-0, to beat Pacific (1-4) Wednesday, 15-9, and St. Clair (1-2) Thursday, 9-2.

“Overall, it was good to take one step closer to .500,” Borgia Head Coach Stan Westhoff said. “If we can get there, I feel as though we may really take off.”

St. Clair did win once this week, topping Potosi Wednesday, 12-4.

St. Clair-Borgia

Five runs in the first inning were all Borgia needed in its victory against the Lady Bulldogs.

“Basically, we had a relatively error-free game as compared to some in the past,” Westhoff said.

St. Clair scored one run in the first and in the second, but couldn’t keep up that pace as Borgia continued to score.

“We did not come out with the excitement that we needed to for such a big game,” St. Clair Head Coach Rob Hauck said. “We knew Borgia would be tough and that we needed to step it up, but unfortunately we were not able to bring our best game.“Our pitching was putting the ball across the plate early and we had a few errors that cost us some early runs. Bri Branscum came in relief and finished the game strong but we had dug too deep of a hole for us to get ourselves out of. We are continuing to learn and evolve and will get better as the season goes on.”

Borgia was led offensively by Taylor Nadler who went 3-4 (double) with three RBIs and one run scored.Madelyn Tuepker was 2-4 with two RBIs and she scored a run. Katelyn Gratza was 1-2 (double) with an RBI. She scored once and was walked. Megan Jensen had two RBIs on a sacrifice play. Kaylee Heggemann was 2-3 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base. Cali Witte had a hit and a stolen base. Elizabeth Westhoff also had a hit.

Also helpful in Borgia’s win was the team’s pitching and defense.Witte pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on five hits. She walked one batter and struck out six to earn the win.

“Cali Witte threw a very fine game,” Westhoff said. “She controlled the game with some key strike outs with runners in scoring position.”

Kelsey Lack started and pitched six innings for the Lady Bulldogs, allowing eight runs on 12 hits. She walked seven batters and struck out one.

Stephanie Stradford was 2-3 (double) with an RBI. Alicia York had one hit and drove in a run.

Other hits for the Lady Bulldogs came from Karissa Hoffman (triple), Branscum (double) and Lack.

Borgia-Pacific

Scoring four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth, Borgia broke a 9-9 tie to beat Pacific, 15-9

“We hope to build on this hard-fought victory,” Westhoff said. “It was encouraging that we came back, never giving up on believing in ourselves.”

Pacific jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first before Borgia responded with seven runs in the second. Pacific added one run in both the third and fourth innings, but Borgia matched those with two in the bottom of the fourth to make it 9-5.

Both teams scored four in the fifth for a score of 14-9, and Borgia added two more in the sixth for the final score.

“I was very disappointed with our play against Borgia,” Pacific Head Coach Tracy Lewis said. “We committed four errors in the field that were just back breakers. To give Borgia credit, their hitters were hitting everything we threw at them.”

The Lady Knights had 16 hits in the game, including a home run over the left field fence by Heggemann, who was 2-5 with two RBIs.

Westhoff went 3-5 with three RBIs. Nadler was 3-4 with two doubles, one that hit the top of the fence. Gratza drove in two runs on 1-3 hitting and a double.

Meagan Wakefield was the starting pitcher for Pacific. She allowed six runs on four hits in 1.2 innings of work. Amber Zurleine came in relief in the second and allowed seven runs on 10 hits in her 3.1 innings pitched. Marissa Tate pitched the final inning and allowed two runs on three hits.

“All three pitchers got some work and all three were giving up big hits,” Lewis said.  “It was disappointing but the girls are learning something every game that we play and I anticipate us continuing to improve as the season goes on.”

Offensively, Pacific was led by Wakefield who was 3-4 (double) with 2 RBIs. Zurliene and Sierra Edmond both had two hits.

Rachel Boley was the starting pitcher for the Lady Knights and got the win, allowing three runs on one hit. She walked four batters and struck out three.Witte came in to pitch in the third inning. Witte allowed six runs on eight hits in her five innings of work while earning the win.

The Lady Knights committed six errors against Pacific, which Westhoff expressed some concern about.

“I thought that our defense was going to be a primary strength this year, but it has been inconsistent thus far,” Westhoff said. “Although, there are flashes of brilliance at times. The last two innings were examples of this when we got some fine fielding, especially from (Katelyn) Gratza in the sixth.”

St. Clair-Potosi

The Lady Bulldogs got off to a quick start against Potosi, scoring three runs in the first inning and adding five more before ever giving up a run.

Potosi scored four runs in the fifth inning, but St. Clair matched those in the fifth.

“We were able to get out ahead early on and we never let up,” Hauck said. “The girls hit very well as a team and everyone played a part. Sarah Hinson came up with some very big hits and hit the ball very hard.”

Hinson was 2-3 with three RBIs and one walk. Tori Martin was 3-5 with three RBIs and two stolen bases and Hoffman went 2-4 with three RBIs. She hit a double and a triple.

“Defensively we played excellent and stepped up for Bri Branscum who pitched an excellent game,” Hauck said.

Branscum pitched a complete game and secured the win. She allowed four runs on eight hit and had six strikeouts.

“We showed up as a team and played the way we can, now we just as to make sure we do that every game,” Hauck said.

Borgia-St. Dominic

After giving up six runs over the first three innings, Borgia was berated with a 10-run fourth inning for the final score.

Witte was the starting pitcher for the Knights and earned the loss. She pitched 3.2 innings, allowing 16 runs on 11 hits. She walked four batters and had one strikeout.

Borgia only had four hits in the game. Jensen had two hits. Nadler and Michaela Morhaus each had one.

Borgia will face St. Dominic again Tuesday. The Lady Knights face Rosati-Kain Monday, host DuBourg Tuesday and play Duchesne Thursday.

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville vs. Northwest    noon

Festus vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Oakville vs. Seckman    3 p.m.

Pacific vs. Carnahan    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Festus-Patriettes loser vs. Mehville-Northwest loser    noon

Pacific-Carnahan loser vs. Oakville-Seckman loser    1:30 p.m.

Festus-Patriettes winner vs. Mehville-Northwest winner    3 p.m.

Pacific-Carnahan winner vs. Oakville-Seckman winner    4:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game    3 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington    6 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Wrestling

Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington     6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt North    6 p.m.

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt West    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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