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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

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

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

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 at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

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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