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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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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

Washington vs. TBA, quarterfinals, TBA

Sunday, July 13

Semifinal Games, 11 a.m.

Championship, 2 p.m.

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 St. Peters vs. Elsberry, 2 p.m.

G14 Championship — Washington vs. G13 winner, 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 2 p.m.

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 St. Peters vs. Elsberry-Winfield, 6 p.m.

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

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles vs. G12 winner, 1 p.m.

G14 Championship — Washington vs. G13 winner, 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 1 p.m.

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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