Even if this is the final season before Community R-6 moves from the Eastern Missouri Conference to another league, its varsity softball game at North Callaway on Tuesday still had a wealth of area implications.
Specifically, once the Lady Trojans were down 2-0 in the first inning, both squads held firm until the bottom of the fifth when the Ladybird's blew up for eight runs to win by mercy 10-0.
"This was a good conference win, " said North Callaway coach Brandi Thomsen. "Hanna Knipp had a great game."
Knipp absolutely turned out to be the jewel in the Ladybird's crown against CR-6 at 2-for-3 with a walk-off grand slam, six RBI and a walk. Haley Kimley raised her season record to 4-1 by allowing two hits with a walk and a strikeout inn three innings pitched. Kenzie Ausfahl also spent the initial two innings in the circle and allowed no hits with a walk and four strikeouts, as well as going 3-for-4 with two runs, one RBI and a steal and Ellie Eckert was 3-for-3 with one run and one steal.
On the other side of this 14-hit performance, which also featured one error for each team, was the Lady Trojans Taren Clark and Madde Gastler with a hit each and Sirrina Dunn walked four with a strikeout in five innings pitched to get pinned with the loss. In the fourth inning Clark also started a triple play for CR-6 when she made a jumping catch on what looked like a sure hit in centerfield and then threw out the runners at third and second that left their respective bases without tagging up.
This year North Callaway has 38 steals. Last season the team had 36. One thing these efforts have in common is that it's been over two years since the Ladybird's had a runner get caught trying to steal a base.
North Callaway11-3 overall, 7-0 EMO, is at Silex on Thursday.
Community R-6, 5-11 overall, has a league game on Thursday at Montgomery County.