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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.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Washington at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Union at Borgia     7 p.m.

St. Clair at Ozark    7 p.m.

Potosi at Pacific    7 p.m.

Cuba at Hermann    7 p.m.

Blair Oaks at Owensville    7 p.m.

Houston at St. James    7 p.m.

Troy at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Wright City at Orchard Farm    7 p.m.

Volleyball

Friday, Aug. 22

@Neosho Co def. ECC, 26-24, 25-14, 25-23

Marquette def. Washington 25-19, 25-20

@ECC def. Labette, 25-15, 13-15, 25-20, 25-18

Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. St. Louis Panthers    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

@ECC vs. Fort Scott    11 a.m.

@ECC vs. Pratt    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Windsor Tny    TBA

Monday, Aug. 25

Steelville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Pacific at Seckman    4:15 p.m.

Union at Potosi    5 p.m.

Washington at Francis Howell C    5 p.m.

Pacific at Farmington    5 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Central Methodist JV at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Notre Dame at Borgia, 5 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    5 p.m.

Battle at Union    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Friday, Aug. 22

Rolla at St. James    7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

New Haven Tournament    8 a.m.

Lutheran South at Sullivan    10 a.m.

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Notre Dame at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

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

Warrenton at Union    6 p.m.

Duchesne at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City at St. Clair    6 p.m.

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    4:30 p.m.

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Fulton St. Albans at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Friday, Aug. 22

Crosspoint at ER    4:30 p.m.

Festus at Union PPD, Rescheduled for Oct. 13

#Washington 2, Bishop DuBourg 1

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 23

#Rockwood Summit 8, Washington 0

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Sunday, Aug. 24

Heartland at ECC    1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union at St. James    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Fredericktown    5 p.m.

Pacific at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union    7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Washington at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

*Borgia at Kennedy    TBA

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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