Eliminating Centralia to win the Class 2, District 8, championship earlier this week was an accomplishment the North Callaway varsity softball team won't soon forget, but its sectional game at Palmyra on Wednesday is another story all together.
That's because, even though the game was deadlocked in a scoreless tie for the initial three innings, the Ladybird's only had three hits for the game and didn't score until the seventh inning. At the same time Palmyra was parlaying its 15 total hits into three runs in the fourth, two runs in the sixth and a run each in the fifth and seventh to outlast North Callaway 7-1.
"One game doesn't make a season, and this was a great season," said coach Brandi Thomsen. "We're going to miss our seniors (Kallie Jo Lehenbauer, Hanna Knipp, Erica Garrett and Carley VanBoening). They were great leaders."
The Ladybird's biggest star on the day at the plate was Hanna Knipp at 2-for-3, Heather Thurman pinch ran for her and scored the squads only run and Kenzie Ausfahl accounted for the only other hit in three at-bats. Ausfahl also started the game in the circle and gave up three earned runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in four innings pitched. Haley Kimbley then got the final nine outs while allowing four earned runs on nine hits and no walks with one strikeout.
Palmyra, 19-8 overall, next played on Oct. 14. at Bowling Green, 23-4 overall, which qualified to advance by beating Metro 20-0 on Wednesday.
North Calllaway ended the season with a record of 20-6 overall.