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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.


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.


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 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

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 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

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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