Heading into its final game of the 2017 regular season at home on Thursday, the North Callaway varsity softball team and Bowling Green were both 9-0 in the Eastern Missouri Conference.
By definition that made this game for the league championship, and even though Bowling Green came into this contest with a record of 18-2 overall, it was the Ladybird's that claimed the 4-0 victory.
Because this contest was taking place on Senior night, the fact Hanna Knipp went 3-for-4 and posted the game-winning RBI was especially appropriate.
"To win the EMO title on Senior night, our seniors (Kallie Jo Lehebauer, Hanna Knipp, Erica Garrett and Carly VanBoening) deserved it," said coach Brandi Thomsen.
Kallie Jo Lehenbauer also gave quite a performance at 3-for-4 with a triple and a run, Cameron Knipp had a double and two RBI in the fifth inning in three at-bats and holding the opposition to just four hits and a walk in seven innings with 15 strikeouts, including the initial nine batters of the game, was Kenzie Ausfahl. She went 2-for-4 at the plate and charted a putout and three assists in the field, as well.
While both squads made one error, North Callaway, 15-5 overall, 10-0 EMO, was the top seed for the league tournament on Saturday at Montgomery County and its opponent was to be determined based on the first round of play.
In the JV game the Ladybird's won 9-4 to end its season at 8-1 overall.