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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

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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