Give the first round to Sullivan.

The Lady Eagles knocked off St. Francis Borgia Regional in softball action at Sullivan High School Tuesday, 8-2.

With the new class and district alignments, many feel Sullivan (5-1) and Borgia (1-1) could meet in the sectional round. Both teams reached the Class 3 quarterfinals last season and return key players.

While Sullivan won the game, Head Coach Ashley Crump feels the team is capable of playing even better.

“We aren’t playing to our full potential,” Crump said. “We are making errors which lead to big innings. We saw this in the Eureka game and Windsor game too (during Sullivan’s tournament last weekend). We did a nice job being patient at the plate, staying back, and driving the ball hard. Borgia’s center fielder (Mya Hillermann) made some fabulous plays that took away at least three more hits for us.”

Borgia Head Coach Andrew Eggert said Sullivan has quality.

“Sullivan is a really good team,” Eggert said. “We jumped out to an early lead and let that get away from us. We had some scoring opportunities and could not take advantage of them. We made too many mistakes against a good team. We need to be better about giving up free bases.”

For the first few innings, the game was everything fans expected.

Borgia scored twice in the top of the first before Sullivan scored once in the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the third, Sullivan plated three more runs to take a 4-2 lead.

The third inning ushered in a change of momentum as Sullivan dominated from then on out. The Lady Eagles added three more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Sullivan outhit Borgia, 10-3, but also made both errors in the game.

Sullivan’s defense had little to do as Addison Purvis struck out 16 Borgia batters. She went the distance, allowing two unearned runs on three hits and four walks. 

Offensively, Sullivan’s bats were active. Purvis, Hanna Johanning and Hannah Cox combined for six of the 10 Sullivan hits.

Madyson Stahl, Kamryn Lohden, Kloey Blanton and Abbey Daniel each had one hit.

Cox and Purvis homered. Daniel and Purvis doubled.

Sullivan had five walks with Stahl, Purvis, Johanning, Cox and Grace Glaser reaching base that way.

The Lady Eagles also had five stolen bases. Johanning and Reagan Thomure each stole two bases and Payton Counts had one swipe.

Stahl, Johanning and Thomure each scored twice. Purvis and Cox scored once.

Cox drove in three runs. Purvis and Lohden each had two RBIs. Johanning drove in one.

For Borgia, Katie Kopmann got the ball and she went the distance while taking the loss. She allowed eight runs on 11 hits and five walks while striking out one.

Borgia’s hits were singles by Lizzie Lynchard, Dani Kimminau and Shekinah Garcilaso.

Elizabeth Smith, Kimminau, Abi Schmidt and Hillermann walked.

Kimminau and Hillermann sacrificed. Beth Obermark and Kimminau stole bases.

Smith and Lynchard scored the runs. Kimminau recorded an RBI.