Southwest softball falls in district play

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The sixth-seeded Southwest Lady Trojans softball team fell 3-0 to Sarcoxie in the quarterfinals of the Class 2, District 5 softball tournament on Oct. 9.

The game started a little early because of Diamond's rout of College Heights, 12-2.

"I was a little concerned about how my girls would respond after seeing the blowout," said Southwest coach Tony Eagleburger. "Coming into districts the last seed and seeing the four-seed verses five-seed game be a run rule had me nervous."

Adding to Eagleburger's anxiety was the fact Sarcoxie had run-ruled Southwest back on Sept. 6.

"We have been our own worst enemy all season," said Eagleburger. "We do not know which team is going to show up from day to day--the one that is going to make a myriad of errors or the one who plays clean. When we limit our errors to two or less, we are very competitive and not afraid of anyone in our district."

Defensively, the bottom of the first gave a glimpse of why the Lady Trojans were the six seed.

Sarcoxie led the game off with a bunt by Janelle DePreste. She reached on an error, stole second and was bunted to third by Nikki Bramwell. Another error by Southwest on Bramwell's sacrifice allowed DePreste to give the Lady Bears a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Trojans' defense tightened up and retired the next three batters. Bramwell was left stranded at third, but that lone run would ultimately be enough to win.

Despite having runners on base every inning except for the fourth, Southwest was unable to come up with any timely hits.

"Give credit Sarcoxie's defense and pitching when it came to the Lady Trojans' lack of getting the timely hit," said Eagleburger.

Sarcoxie's Bramwell scattered five hits and struck out three over seven innings in shutting out Southwest 3-0.

The Lady Bears' defense even turned two inning-ending double plays to extinguish scoring threats.

Southwest's Kaleigh Ennis pitched six innings, allowed eight hits, struck out three, and surrendered two earned runs in picking up the loss.

Zia Roller picked up two hits for Southwest. The Lady Trojans finished the season 6-15

"We need to get stronger in the off-season," said Eagleburger. "I see some promise and talent on our team. It is going to take hark work to get it to come to fruition."

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