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Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 1:00 pm

Make it back-to-back NJCAA Division II Region 16 championships for the East Central College softball Falcons.

East Central (21-14) completed a dominating run through the Region 16 Tournament in Nevada, Mo., this past weekend with three wins.

“We did what we were supposed to do, according to the seeds,” ECC Head Coach Brad Wallach said. “What was impressive was the way we did it, in dominating fashion. We had previously lost games to both Mineral Area and St. Louis and had to come from behind twice to beat Cottey. They didn’t get worse, we’re just getting better.”

Overall, the Falcons outscored the competition by a 26-2 margin and only one of the three games went the full seven innings.

“Anytime you outscore your opponents 26-2, outhit them 31-6, and only allow one error per game, things are collectively coming together,” Wallach said. “Hitting eight doubles and one home run in 4.5 innings is impressive whether it’s in the championship game or off of a pitching machine.”

• ECC opened play with a Julie Scheer (New Haven) no-hitter over Cottey College Saturday, 8-0.

“Julie pitched well all weekend but she looked more relaxed and confident in the last two games,” Wallach said. “She went after hitters instead of showing them too much respect and getting behind in counts. As a result, she gave up only one free pass, whereas she gave up four in the first game.”

• The Falcons got a two-hit shutout from Scheer in a 6-0 win over St. Louis Community College in the winners’ bracket finals.

• And ECC rolled to a 12-2 win over St. Louis Community College in the title game, which was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.

The Falcons will go to Tishomingo, Okla., Friday and Saturday for the NJCAA Division II District J Playoffs. ECC will take on Region 2 champion Murray State College in a best-of-three playoff to determine the district’s representative for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Jackson, Miss., May 15-18.

The district event is a rematch of last year’s playoffs, which ECC swept.

Cottey

The top seed in the four-team event, ECC opened against host Cottey College and rolled to an 8-0 victory.

The Falcons scored four times in the first and then added single runs in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings.

Scheer led the way with a no-hitter, allowing only three walks while hitting one batter. She struck out two.

Offensively, Amber Odom (Linn) posted two hits with two runs.

Michelle Bryant (Crocker) singled, sacrificed, scored and drove in one.

Chloe Galati (Borgia) singled, walked and scored.

Kris Stevens (Union) posted one hit, a sacrifice and a walk. She stole a base and scored twice.

Haley Zenner (Dubuque, Iowa) recorded a double, a walk and drove in two runs.

Abby Job (Warrenton) scored and stole a base.

STLCC Saturday

The Falcons finally met St. Louis Community College in the winners’ bracket championship game.

The teams had been scheduled to play last Wednesday in Hillsboro, but that was rained out.

In this game, the Falcons scored once in the second and once in the fourth before exploding for four runs in the fifth.

Scheer tossed a two-hit shutout and walked nobody. She struck out two Archers.

Offensively, Zenner led the way with three hits, including a double and a home run. She scored twice and drove in three runs.

Galati had two hits and two runs.

Alex Adelsberger (Timberland) singled.

Grace Fritz (Borgia) singled and scored.

Job had one hit while driving home three runs. She also stole a base.

Sara Wade (Union) recorded a single.

Stevens walked and scored. Bryant stole a base.

Championship

For the first time in the tournament, the Falcons trailed after the top of the first inning. St. Louis Community College scored first.

But ECC exploded for four runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead for good.

The Archers scored their other run in the top of the second, but ECC scored twice in the bottom of that frame. The Falcons blasted out six more runs in the fourth inning to settle the outcome.

The game ended after St. Louis Community College failed to score in the top of the fifth.

Scheer pitched for the Falcons and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk. One of the hits was a home run. She struck out one.

Offensively, the Falcons had contributions up and down the lineup. Seven different players had hits with four of them coming up with two-hit games. ECC recorded eight doubles and one home run.

Zenner posted two hits (double and a home run) while adding two runs and four RBIs.

Stevens had two hits, two runs, three RBIs and a stolen base.

Scheer doubled twice and drove in one run.

Byrant posted two doubles with two runs and one RBI.

Fritz had one hit, one walk, a sacrifice, a stolen base and two runs.

Galati closed with a double, a walk, two runs and an RBI.

Job recorded a double and scored.

Brittany Miller (Lindbergh) doubled and drove in one run.

Brooke Sammet (Union) singled.

“Our hitters were pretty locked in and patient,” Wallach said. “They consistently got the pitches they wanted and took advantage of it. Hitting mechanics are irrelevant if you don’t have the discipline to do that.”

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

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

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville vs. Northwest    noon

Festus vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Oakville vs. Seckman    3 p.m.

Pacific vs. Carnahan    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Festus-Patriettes loser vs. Mehville-Northwest loser    noon

Pacific-Carnahan loser vs. Oakville-Seckman loser    1:30 p.m.

Festus-Patriettes winner vs. Mehville-Northwest winner    3 p.m.

Pacific-Carnahan winner vs. Oakville-Seckman winner    4:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game    3 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington    6 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Wrestling

Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington     6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt North    6 p.m.

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt West    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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