By THE HERALD-WHIG
An insurance run scored with two outs in the top of the seventh inning helped the Quincy High School softball team pick up an 8-6 victory Tuesday at Payson Seymour.
Ericka Mitchell's run-scoring double gave the Blue Devils a three-run cushion, and Christine Schlegl squelched the Lady Indians' rally by leaving two runners stranded in the bottom of the inning.
Trailing 8-5, Payson's Chekka Boewe led off with a single. After moving to second, Boewe went to third on Kristen Loos' flyout and scored two batters later on Juliann Pryor's single.
Abi Zanger, who had walked, moved to second on Pryor's hit.
Schlegl settled down, getting Keylee Gregg to pop out to the second baseman and striking out Alyssa Walters to end the game.
Schlegl allowed six runs and eight hits, while striking out three and walking three. She benefited from a first-inning offensive outburst.
The Blue Devils opened the game with four straight hits -- back-to-back doubles by Hannah Reller and Paige Owsley, a single by Dani Damon and a double by Johnna Goudschaal -- which led to four runs.
Owsley added a run-scoring single in the second to push Quincy's lead to 5-0.
Payson answered with four runs in the bottom of the second, with Gregg delivering an RBI single and Boewe, who finished 3 for 4, belting a two-run double.
Quincy (3-5) scored twice in the fifth, highlighted by Schlegl's RBI double, to give itself some breathing room.
West Hancock 14, Central 3: Allison Dewald went 4 for 4 with two doubles to lead the Titans to the victory at home.
West Hancock scored five runs in the first inning and four more in the second to give Alexis Dooley all the support she needed. She worked four innings, allowing two runs and four hits while striking out four and walking two.
Dooley also went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and three RBIs, while Katie Schafer went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Keaghan Schacklett went 2 for 2 with a triple, a sacrifice and five RBIs.
Brinkley Mueller went 2 for 2 with two RBIs for Central.
Liberty 9, Jacksonville Routt 1: Shelby Wellman went 3 for 4 with five RBIs, a double and home run to lead the Lady Eagles to the victory on the road.
Knotted at 1-1 heading into the fifth inning, Wellman helped Liberty take the lead with a three-run home run. Liberty struck again in the seventh off with Wellman doubling.
Adrian Siebers earned the victory, giving up one run and two hits over five innings while striking out four.
Rushville-Industry 14, Unity 4: Michala Swanger hit a three-run and pitched a six-hitter for the Rockets.
Unity was held scoreless the first four innings before rallying for four runs in the fifth. Lexi Bohan doubled for the Lady Mustangs.
Missouri St. Louis 6-6, Quincy 0-3: UMSL's Madison Zbaraschuk belted a three-run homer in the first inning of the opener, setting the tone for the Great Lakes Valley Conference sweep at the Mart Heinen Softball Complex.
The Hawks managed just two hits in the opener -- a single by Ashleigh Rosetti and a double by Murphi Armstrong.
Armstrong threw the final three innings in relief of Wendy Macias and allowed one unearned run on two hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
In the nightcap, the Hawks (13-23, 8-14 GLVC) plated three runs in the first inning. Monica Gray tripled and scored on a wild pitch. Two more runs scored on a fielder's choice and a RBI single by Jill Suellentrip.
UMSL tied the game at 3 in the sixth on Ashleigh King's homer, and the Tritons scored three runs on wild pitches by QU reliever Lauren Francis.
Hannibal d. Kirksville: Alex Abel shot a 1-over 37 as the Pirates remained unbeaten in duals, beating the Tigers 158-179 at Kirksville Country Club.
Charlie Baumann and Jack Baumann each shot a 40, while Scott Cockrell posted a 41 for Hannibal (9-0).
Palmyra Quadrangular: Hunter Baggett shot a 3-over 38 to earn medalist and lead Palmyra to the victory with a 153 total at Jackson Park Golf Course in Palmyra, Mo.
Trevor DeHaan and Taylor Leftwich each shot a 41 for Palmyra.
Louisiana finished second at 163 as Dylan Smith carded a 39, while Centralia was third at 173 and South Shelby fourth at 206. Trevor Bollow shot a 45 for the Cardinals.
QND 9, Jacksonville 0: Jack Nudo set the tone for the Raiders' sweep, beating the Crimsons' David Seifert 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles at the Greeman Tennis Center in Reservoir Park. QND won all six singles matches in straight sets.
At No. 1 doubles, Eric Niemann and Jimmy Kase battled back from a one-set deficit to win 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. QND's other two doubles lost only six games total in their straight set victories.