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Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 4:00 pm

Achieving milestones, the East Central College softball Falcons captured the NJCAA Division II Region 16 Tournament title Saturday afternoon in Union.

ECC (26-30) went 3-1 in the tournament, defeating St. Louis Community College in the winner-take-all game Saturday afternoon.

During the event, ECC:

• Defeated St. Louis Community College Friday in the first round, 6-4;

• Defeated Mineral Area College Friday in the winners’ bracket championship in eight innings, 12-8;

• Lost to St. Louis Community College Saturday in eight innings, 3-2; and

• Defeated St. Louis Community College Saturday in the winner-take-all game, 1-0.

“There’s a sign in our team room that says ‘Those Who Stay Will Become Champions!’ And these young ladies fulfilled that prophecy,” said ECC Head Coach Brad Wallach. “All season, we’ve worked to get better. We got better this weekend and we’ll work hard to get better this week. There is no finish line.”

The Falcons remain at home Friday and Saturday, hosting the District J Tournament. The Region 2 champion, Murray State College of Tishomingo, Okla., will visit for a best-of-three series starting Friday afternoon in Union.

The first game is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. with the second game to follow at 4 p.m.

The if-needed game will be played Saturday at a time to be announced.

The winner advances to the NJCAA Division II national tournament May 17-19 in Clinton, Miss.

The Falcons last won a regional title in 2007 and last advanced to the national tournament in 1994, finishing ninth. The 1977 team placed fifth.

Championship

After going undefeated Friday with wins over St. Louis Community College and Mineral Area College, the Falcons came down to the winner-take-all game Saturday afternoon. The Archers made certain Saturday would be a doubleheader, winning the first championship game in extra innings, 3-2.

But in the final contest, the Falcons emerged with a 1-0 victory.

“This was gut-check time and pitching and defense stepped up big,” Wallach said. “St. Louis had three of their four baserunners in the first two innings.”

Sophomore Brooke Brenton (Lebanon) pitched for the Falcons and earned the shutout. She allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out one.

“Along with good defense, Brooke retired 18 out of the next 19 batters,” Wallach said. “The grand irony was that as difficult as it had been to score runs all day, the winning run came home on a walk.”

ECC scored the game’s only tally in the top of the sixth inning. Freshman Kris Stevens (Union) started the rally with a single. Sophomore Nicole Thompson (Winfield) followed with another single. Freshman Amber Odom (Linn) made it three singles in a row and the bases were loaded.

Freshman Julie Scheer (New Haven) drew a walk to force home Stevens with the run.

Offensively, the Falcons rapped out nine hits to three for St. Louis. Neither side made an error.

Freshman Jessica Jones (Wright City) had three hits and two stolen bases.

Stevens ended with two hits and a stolen base to go with the run.

Brenton, Odom, Scheer and Thompson had the other hits. Brenton doubled and Scheer also walked.

First Title Game

The Falcons had a chance to win the title in one game Saturday, but St. Louis Community College rallied to win it in the bottom of the eighth, 3-2.

“This was a heart breaker,” Wallach said. “We had left 10 runners in scoring position and defensively made it too easy for them to score. In the end we wasted a good pitching performance by Julie. What we could have made easy now became much more difficult.”

ECC scored in the top of the first and again in the top of the fourth. St. Louis Community College got one run back in the bottom of the fourth and tied it in the bottom of the sixth. The winning run scored in the bottom of the eighth.

Each side had just five hits in the game, but ECC made five errors to three for St. Louis.

Scheer went 7.2 innings, allowing three unearned runs on five hits and one walk. She struck out six.

Offensively, Stevens had two of the hits, both doubles. She drove in a run and added a sacrifice.

Freshman Keely Hill (Reeds Spring), Jones and Scheer each added one hit. Hill scored, walked and was hit by a pitch. Jones scored, walked and stole a base.

Freshman Grace Fritz (Borgia) walked twice. Sophomore Rhiannon Edler (Owensville) drew one walk.

Mineral Area

Playing in the winners’ bracket championship game Friday afternoon against top seed Mineral Area College, the Falcons won a 12-8 shootout in eight innings.

Mineral Area opened scoring in the bottom of the first with a home run.

“This was a barnburner from the beginning,” said Wallach. “Mineral Area sent a shot over the fence in the first so it was huge when Kris and Nicole answered with back to back home runs in the second.”

The Falcons jumped on top with back-to-back home runs by Stevens and Thompson. Mineral Area scored in the bottom of the frame to tie it at 2-2 after two full innings.

The Falcons scored once in the third, but Mineral Area put two runs on the board in the fourth and four more in the fifth.

“They led off the fifth with a solo home run and we brought in Brooke to relieve Julie,” Wallach said. “The next two batters went double and two-run homer and then they added another run to make it 8-3.”

Down to its final three outs, East Central went on a five-run rally in the top of the seventh to tie it and then held in the bottom of the inning.

“Before the seventh inning, I reminded the girls that five days earlier, we scored six runs in the seventh to beat Rend Lake and the team responded with five in the seventh to tie and four more in the eighth to win. That doesn’t happen twice in one week by accident; that comes from believing in oneself. That’s a much different mental makeup than where we started this season.”

In the top of the eighth, Thompson blasted her second home run of the game, a two-run shot, to highlight a four-run inning. The Falcons escaped the bottom of the inning to emerge from Friday undefeated.

The Falcons outhit Mineral Area, 14-9. The Cardinals made four errors to East Central’s two.

Scheer started the game and went four innings, allowing five unearned runs on five hits and two walks. Two of the hits were home runs. She struck out one.

Brenton was the winning pitcher, allowing three unearned runs on four hits and three walks. She gave up one home run.

Offensively, a number of different players contributed to the win.

Thompson had two hits, the home runs, and scored three runs while driving in three.

Freshman Chloe Galati (Borgia) rapped out three hits while scoring once.

Others with two hits each were Brenton, Fritz and Scheer.

Brenton scored twice. Fritz walked and Scheer scored a run.

Edler had one hit, two runs and a walk.

Hill had one hit and two walks.

Jones scored a run.

Stevens ended with a home run, two runs, two RBIs and a sacrifice. She also was hit by a pitch.

Tourney Opener

Seeded third among four teams, the Falcons opened play Friday by beating second-ranked St. Louis Community College, 6-4.

“We controlled this game most of the way and made it interesting at the end,” Wallach said. “I enjoyed the first six innings much more than the seventh.”

The Falcons took the lead with a run in the top of the first and added two more runs in the top of the fourth. The Archers scored once in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-1.

ECC scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings before the Archers responded with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to end on a surge.

ECC posted 11 hits to nine for St. Louis. The Archers made two errors to East Central’s one.

Scheer pitched the full game for the Falcons, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits and one walk. She struck out five.

Brenton, Fritz and Scheer each had two hits in the game.

Brenton doubled, scored and drove in one run.

Fritz doubled and drove in a run.

Scheer drove in two runs.

Edler had one hit, a run and a sacrifice.

Hill ended with one hit, a run and a stolen base while also being hit by a pitch.

Jones had one hit, a run and a stolen base.

Stevens posted one hit, a run and a stolen base.

Thompson had a double, a run, an RBI and was hit by a pitch.

Freshman Amber Odom (Linn) was hit by a pitch.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

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

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

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

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