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Posted: Friday, May 4, 2012 9:45 pm | Updated: 1:58 pm, Mon May 7, 2012.

UNION — Sweeping Murray State College of Tishomingo, Okla., Friday, the East Central College softball Falcons qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

ECC (28-30) swept the Aggies in two games Friday, 5-4 and 7-1, to earn the District J berth in the NJCAA Division II national tournament. That event takes place May 17-19 in Clinton, Miss.

It's the third time the Falcons have advanced to the national tournament. The team last advanced to the national tournament in 1994, finishing ninth. The 1977 team placed fifth.

In the opener, the Falcons had to fight from behind. Murray State scored first, getting a solo home run by Kayla Pahcoddy in the top of the first inning.

But the Falcons came back to score three times in the bottom of the second. Another Murray State home run, by Shayla Bingham, cut it to 3-2 in the top of the third.

The Falcons added another run in the bottom of the fifth before Murray State threatened with a big inning in the sixth. Tying the game at 4-4, ECC Head Coach Brad Wallach switched pitchers, bringing in sophomore Brooke Brenton (Lebanon) to relieve freshman Julie Scheer (New Haven).

Brenton, the winner in the final game of the Region 16 Tournament, faced a tough situation with a tie game, the bases loaded and nobody out. She coaxed a 1-2-3 double play and then got a flyout to left to end the threat.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Falcons rallied with two outs.

Freshman Jessica Jones (Wright City) reached on a bunt single. After stealing second, she raced home on an infield hit by Brenton, catching Murray State off guard. The run was what the Falcons needed.

But ECC wasn't home free. In the top of the seventh, Sally Simco led off with a single to center. But freshman first baseman Kris Stevens (Union) snagged a bunt which was popped up and relayed the ball to sophomore Rhiannon Edler (Owensville) for a double play. The Falcons got a flyout to freshman Keely Hill (Reeds Spring) in left to end the game.

In the second game, ECC was the visiting team and this time the Falcons jumped on top.

ECC scored twice in the second, once in the third and three times in the fourth inning to go up, 6-0.

Another run came in the sixth inning. Murray State scored its lone run in the bottom of that inning, but Brenton got two grounders and a fly ball to earn her second win on the day, going the distance.

The biggest hit in the second game was a three-run home run by Stevens in the fourth inning, which brought home Jones and Brenton.

Perhaps the circuit which defined the game came in the fourth inning. Sophomore Nicole Thompson (Winfield) beat out a bunt and moved to second on a fielder's choice. A determined Thompson then hustled home on a hit by Hill, sliding through the dust to score East Central's third run.

Fielding made a huge difference in the game as well. Murray State committed seven errors on the day to one for ECC. Time after time, the Aggies had trouble playing bunts.

Additional coverage will be in the Wednesday Missourian.

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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

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

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

Saturday, Aug. 23

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

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

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 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    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

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

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 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

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

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

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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