St. Joseph’s softball team (6-6, 4-2) went 3-1 in recent games, downing Conway Christian, 13-3, losing to Harding Academy, 10-5, then romping past Abundant Life, 18-0, and Hector, 14-9.
"We are starting to be consistent with our hitting, which is what you want to see this time of year," said St. Joseph coach Lisa Bates. Our lineup is pretty solid all the way through but the top of our lineup has come on especially strong in the last couple of games and that has set the pace for the rest of the team. Jordyn (Hess) is doing a great job pitching and is getting better every game."
Hess struck out nine and walked one against Hector. Sam Hoelzeman was 4 for 5 with a triple, stolen base and three runs. Rachel Briggler was 4 for 5 with a single double, two triples, two stolen bases and two runs. Morgan Felts was 4 for 5 with a double, triple, two stolen bases and two runs. Meagan Briggler and Morgan Kordsmeier had three hits each and Holly Rega and Rachel was two.
Felts, Hoelzeman, Kordsmeier and Monica Devanzo were the leading hitters agaisnt Abundant Life. Briggler had three hits against Harding Academy. Hoelzeman and Felts had two, including a triple by Felts. Kordsmeier, Ross and Devanzo also had hits.
Against Conway Christian, Anna Mayor was 4 for 4 and Felts 2 for 2. Meagan Briggler had a triple.
"Harding Academy run-ruled us the first time we played them but we played much better this time around. That was key for us because that showed us how much we have improved. The girls came in really confident and ready to play against Hector. They beat us earlier in the year and we felt like this was an important one for us to win going into tournament time."
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HECTOR — Austin Harrell, Drew Bates and Taylor Schrekenhofer each had two hits in helping St. Joseph to a 10-3 baseball victory over Hector on Tuesday. Harrell and Bates each had two RBI; Schrekenhofer had one.
Cole Schichtl (5-0), picked up the win, allowing five hits over three innings. Nash Nichols pitched two innings and struck out three and allowed one hit in the nonconference game. Harrell also pitched an inning and allowed one hit.
MAYFLOWER — Pulaski Academy scored two runs on three hits in the 10th inning Tuesday on the way to a 8-7 victory over Mayflower (18-9).
The Eagles scored a run in their half of the 10th on hits by Tyler Herrin and Jeremy Barnhart, but the Bruins ended the game with a double play.
Titus Copeland, who hit three batters and gave up two doubles in the first that led to three runs, struck out for and walked none in eight innings. Austin Grundy pitched the final two. Herrin and Trey Bradley had two hits for Mayflower with Bradley getting two RBI.
Mayflower scored in the first on a walk to Michael Post and RBI by Derek Vickers and Bradley. The Eagles scored four runs in the third to take a 6-5 lead on two errors and RBI hits by Bradley, Herrin, Jason Dawson and Copeland.
The Bruins would tie the game in the seventh on an Eagle error and base hit to send the game to extra innings. The Eagles loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh but could not produce the run needed to end the game in regulation as PA ended the threat with a double play.
The Bruins won the JV game, 8-5, also in extra innings. Tanner Brown and Herrin combined for six strikeouts and only one walk. The Eagles were led at the plate by Drew Duncan, Austin Grundy, Tyler Godwin and Ryan Koonce.
SHERWOOD — Conway Christian, trailing 5-3, scored six runs in the sixth and seven in the seventh Tuesday to defeat Abundant Life, 16-7, to finish in a three-way tie with Mountain Pine and St. Joseph for second place in the conference.
Andrew Dather picked up the win in pitching 2.1 innings and allowing two runs. He was also 2 for 3 with three runs.
Jake Fitts was 3 for 5 with two runs and three RBI. Tyler Ratliff was 2 for 5 with two runs and three RBI. Brandon Helms was 2 for 4 with two doubles. Josiah Smith was 2 for 3 for three RBI. Tanner Stevenson was 1 for 3 with three RBI.
"This was a huge win for us as far as conference tournament seeding goes, and the kids did a good job of rallying for 6 runs in the sixth and seven in the seven after being down 5-3 heading into the 6th. But we still have a lot of work to do if we want to make a deep run into May," said CCS coach Shane Davis.
The Eagles (22-6, 4-2), who earned the No. 3 seed, will play in the 2A-5 North district tournament at Poyen on Friday night. They'll play the Mountain Pine and England winner at 6 p.m.