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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.


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.


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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