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By David Sharp
Salisbury, Mo. – October 24, 2020 – Kaisen Carter drove in four Salisbury runs, leading the Panthers (20-6) to a 12-5 victory over Leeton in the October 24, 2020 MSHSAA Softball Quarterfinal round at Salisbury. Jaden Howard went 4-4 at bat with three Salisbury RBI’s.
Salisbury scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning for a 9-3 lead. The Lady Panthers tacked on three more scored in the fifth, then held off a Leeton seventh inning rally to advance.
Salisbury scored 12 runs on 24 hits. Breanne Haines and Brooke Bartholomew recorded three Panther hits each. Rowan Schmidli led Leeton (20-4) with a 3-3 batting performance with two home runs and three RBI’s.
Salisbury takes on Vienna (20-4) on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Vienna in the Class 1 semifinal round with a 5PM first pitch. Salisbury downed Silex by a 5-1 final score in their Sectional match up.
The winner plays the victor of the La Plata (22-6) vs Jefferson County at Conception Junction (21-3) in the remaining Class 1 softball semifinal.
The location and start time of the La Plata vs. Jefferson County game was not listed on the MSHSAA web site at press time. The Bulldogs knocked off defending Class 1 runner up Canton by a final score of 4-3 at La Plata in the Sectionals.
Olivia Coy struck out 19 batters in the La Plata Class 1 Quarterfinal. Claire Coy singled in the top of the ninth inning, scoring Trista Smith with the eventual winning run. Smith singled with one out in the ninth.
The extra inning game ended with Dallas Hall on second base. Olivia Coy struck out Lexi Odell for the final out. Braymer (15-10) was blanked on four hits. Dallas Hall was 2-4 at bat and struck out six batters. Hall pitched the first eight innings on ten hits. Addyson Sweem pitched the final inning and took the loss.
La Plata and Salisbury could meet in the Saturday, October 31, 2020 State Championship game at Springfield, Missouri with a 1PM first pitch. If both local teams win their Semifinal games, one of them will have the distinction of winning their state championship without first winning their Conference championship.
In other Class 1 state softball tournament games with local interest, Leeton beat Lewis and Clark Conference member Harrisburg (10-14) by a 12-1 final in the Sectionals. Braymer topped Tri-County Conference champion Atlanta (15-5) by a 9-5 Sectional margin.
The Lady Bobcats extended a 6-5 lead with three runs in the top of the sixth inning against Atlanta. Tri-County Conference MVP Abbie Farmer struck out 16 Braymer batters with seven walks. Abbie Farmer and Kait Farmer had two Atlanta hits each.
The Hornets scored five runs on ten hits. Kaiden Watson was 3-4 for Atlanta with a run scored and another batted in.
Braymer scored nine runs on five hits. Karissa Rogers was 2-2 for the Bobcats with four RBI’s. Emma Hall pitched seven innings for Braymer with eight strikeouts, three walks and ten Atlanta hits.
Jefferson defeated Princeton (15-12) by an 8-6 final score in Class 1 Sectional play. There will be no third place games this season, determined by MSHSAA reaction to the Covid 19 Virus. All five state championship games are scheduled to be played at Springfield as of press time.
Columbia Father Tolton Regional Catholic (23-3) will play Hamilton-Penney for the Class 2 championship on October 29, 2020 at 5PM. Tolton Catholic beat Benton-Kelly (16-12) by an 8-1 margin in the October 24, 2020 Class 2 semifinals at Columbia Hickman HS.
Penney got to the Class 2 title game with a 13-7 win over Monroe City (19-6) in the Hamilton Semifinal. Monroe City topped Lewis and Clark Conference champion Marceline (23-2) by a 13-7 final at Marceline.
Monroe City will be awarded the Class 2 Third place trophy along with Benton-Kelly. There were similar arrangements made in the 2020 MSHSAA Basketball Championships, resulting in Milan being awarded third in Class 2 boys basketball last spring.
The Class 3 championship game will be between Sullivan (20-9) and Savannah (18-1) on Friday, October 30 at 5PM. Bowling Green (19-8) lost their semifinal game to Sullivan by a 19-9 final score. The Lady Bobcats will be awarded third place in Class 3 along with Blair Oaks. The Falcons topped Centralia by a 4-0 final in Quarterfinal play.
Webster Groves (15-2) will play Webb City (27-5) October 30 with a Noon first pitch for the Class 4 championship. Rockwood Summit and Platte County will be awarded third place.
Columbia Rock Bridge (28-0) will play Kansas City Lee’s Summit North 28-3 for the Class 5 championship on October 29 at Noon. Marquette and Springfield Kickapoo were awarded the Class 5 third place trophies.