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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Thunderbirds softball finishes conference play undefeated

  • Defeats New Bloomfield 5-1
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  • North Callaway softball improved to 16-0 (9-0 EMO) with wins Monday night against New Bloomfield and Tuesday night at Clopton.
    The Thunderbirds beat New Bloomfield 5-1. Danielle Cassidy was the winning pitcher, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out 12.
    Elaine Brinker was 2-2 with one RBI, one run and one stolen base. Kasey Huddleston went 2-3, with an RBI-double and scored two runs and stole base twice.
    "This was not our best outing," coach Brandi Thompson said. "But we fought through some adversity to win the game."
    The Thunderbirds returned to the field Tuesday, when they beat Clopton 10-0 in five innings. Cassidy was once again the winning pitcher, recording 11 strikeouts while allowing just two hits and no walks to improve to 12-0.
    Brinker had another strong night behind the plate, going 2-3 with one RBI and one run. The Thunderbirds also had strong performances from Jaida Gray, Bailey Boorman and Maddie Sorrell.
    Gray was 4-4 including a double and three RBIs. She had two stolen bases and two runs in the North Callaway victory. Boorman was 2-3 with two runs and Sorrell was 2-3 with an RBI and one run.
    The victories locked up the regular season EMO championship for the Thunderbirds.
    "This was a good win to end the conference season," coach Sarah Baumgartner said. "The girls adjusted well at the plate and we were solid at defense and pitching."
    The Thunderbirds return to the field Saturday for the EMO tournament in Montgomery City.
    In other area softball action, Centralia improved to 19-2 (8-0 CCC) with a 4-0 win over Hallsville Tuesday.
    The Panthers scored four runs in the first before being held scoreless the remainder of the game.
    "We scored early and then just seemed to hit the ball right at people after that," coach Jill Angell said. "(Hallsville pitcher) Ashley (Reed) did a good job hitting her spots and keeping us off balance at the plate."
    Centralia pitcher Baylee Douglass allowed four hits, no walks and had 10 strikeouts for the Panthers. Douglass was 2-4 behind the plate and Sydnee Creel was 2-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
    Van-Far lost 12-3 against Elsberry Tuesday night.

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