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Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 4:45 pm

With a comeback to remember, Washington captured the championship of the Union Softball Tournament for the second straight season.

The Lady Jays (3-1) trailed Park Hills Central by scores of 7-0 after three innings and 9-5 after six innings Saturday in the championship game, but scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on in the bottom half for a 10-9 victory.

“It was definitely a great effort. I’m proud of our team for never giving up. They knew the whole time we could come back and get the win,” said Washington Head Coach Phil King. “One of our goals for the season is to win all three tournaments we’re in. We’re off to a good start.”

Trailing 7-0 after three innings, the Lady Jays didn’t back down.

“I told the team in the top of the fourth inning that we were playing flat and it was time to pick it up. We didn’t want to lose 10-0 in the championship game. We had to play with more pride,” King said. “Their pitcher started to look tired. She was pitching all day in the heat. We knew we could score runs against her. The key was we had to hold their offense down for the rest of the game, which is what we did.”

The game was delayed for approximately 90 minutes due to a lightning delay, but that didn’t slow down Washington’s rally.

Katie Trigg had the game-tying hit in the top of the seventh inning to make the score 9-9.

Washington then won the game on a missed squeeze play.

With Trigg breaking from third base, the pitch was low and was missed by both the batter and the Park Hills Central catcher. The ball skipped to the backstop, allowing Trigg to score.

“It’s not how we drew it up, but we’ll take it,” King said.

King didn’t have the official stats from the tournament available.

Courtney Kedroski was the starting pitcher for Washington in the championship game in a no-decision.

Brooke Smith pitched the final five innings for the win.

“Brooke had a perfect seventh inning to nail down the win,” King said.

Park Hills Central scored one run in the bottom of the first inning and three in both the second and third. The Lady Rebels added two runs in the sixth.

The Lady Jays countered with three runs in the top of the fourth inning, two in the sixth and five in the seventh.

“They came out hitting and jumped to a 7-0 lead,” King said. “I knew we were still in it because our offense can put up runs. We started hitting the ball and scoring runs the second time through our lineup.”

Louisiana, Warrenton

Washington opened the tournament with a 12-0 win over Louisiana in five innings.

Kayla Pilgram tossed a one-hit shutout for the Lady Jays, allowing two walks.

“Kayla did a great job,” King said. “She made them put the ball in play and our defense made the plays.”

In the semifinals, the Lady Jays knocked off Warrenton, 10-8.

“It was a slugfest. The game was back-and-forth all the way,” King said. “Our girls continued to hit the ball and found a way to win the game.”

Kedroski pitched the first four innings and earned the win. Katie Irwin worked three innings in relief.

Offensive Production

The Lady Jays received offensive contributions throughout its lineup in all three tournament games.

“To score 32 runs in three games says a lot about our offense and the kind of day we had at the plate,” King said. “Everyone up and down our lineup came up with hits and really contributed.”

King said the Lady Jays’ top two hitters in the lineup, Kaelie Smith and MC Landolt, set the table for the remainder of the lineup, which included Kedroski, Megan Freitag, Becca Daugherty, Elanna Osthoff, Lilli Mantle and Trigg.

“Kaelie did a great job getting on base. MC had two or three hits in every game. With her speed, she got a few bunts down and beat them out,” King said. “Courtney and Megan had a lot of big hits and drove in runs. The top four hitters in our lineup were on base all day. Becca, Elanna, Lilli and Katie also produced some big hits. It’s huge when the bottom of your lineup gets hits and gets on base.”

King was pleased with the way the Lady Jays bounded back from a season-opening loss to Eureka.

“We’re about where I expected us to be. It was an uphill battle against Eureka,” King said. “I knew we had a shot to win the Union Tournament. The field was the most balanced I’ve seen in quite a while. I don’t think there was one dominant team. Our defense made a few errors, but we buckled down and made the plays when we had to.”


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington 4, Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.) 2

Friday, July 11

Washington 14, Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.) 0

Washington 4, Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit) 2

Saturday, July 12

Quarterfinals — Quincy (Ill.) 4, Washington 1

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

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 def. St. Peters

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia next week.


Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

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 def. St. Peters

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles def. Elsberry-Winfield

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 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

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    8 a.m.

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    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

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.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

July 12

Missouri Cyclones at Missouri Valley Pitbulls, St. Charles High School, 5 p.m.

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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