By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Rachel Smith drove in two runs with a fifth-inning double to break a 6-6 tie and lift the Griggsville-Perry softball team to an 8-6 victory over West Central on Thursday afternoon.
Facing a six-run deficit heading to the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lady Tornadoes responded in a big way.
After Griggsville-Perry (8-5) loaded the bases with one out, Lexi Kessinger ripped a two-run single. Three batters later, Griggsville-Perry had the bases loaded with two outs when Makenzie Flowers cracked a two-run double to left field. Peyton Bonds and Hope Scott followed RBI singles to tie the game.
In the fifth, Macey Sargent walked with one out and moved to second when Kessinger was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up a base on a passed ball, and following a strikeout, Smith doubled to center field.
Lynley Ellis earned the victory for the Lady Tornadoes, giving up one earned run and 11 hits while striking out three and walking one.
Central 9, Unity 4: Brey Genenbacher gave up just three hits in six innings while striking out nine as the Lady Panthers won on the road
Brinkley Mueller had two doubles and two RBIs for Central (6-0), while Brianna Hildebrand and Kyleigh Irvin also had two RBIs apiece for the Lady Panthers.
Jordan Hildebrand suffered the loss for Unity (4-1) as she struck out eight and walked five. Hildebrand also hit a two-run homer in the seventh.
Illini West 15, Southeastern 0: Josie Finch drove belted a two-run homer in the second inning and cracked a two-run triple in the third inning as the Chargers rolled to the victory.
Elyce Trout allowed one hit over four innings to earn the victory, while McKenzie Hall struck out the side in the fifth.
Illini West (8-3) scored 10 unearned runs.
West Hancock 18, Liberty 0: Nine different batters drove in runs as the Titans rolled to the road victory. A 10-run fourth inning highlighted West Hancock's offensive outburst.
Allison Dewald allowed one hit in five innings, while striking out five and walking two to earn the victory.
Cadence Thomas collected the lone hit for Liberty.
Pittsfield 18, Payson Seymour 8: The Lady Saukees collected 18 hits in the five-inning victory.
Pittsfield led just 8-7 going into the top of the fifth when it exploded for 10 runs. Megan Reinhardt led the Lady Saukees with two double and four RBIs, while Maddie Gwartnay had a two-run triple, and Mackenzie Carsey and Bekah Kean both hit home runs. Bailey Waggoner had three hits and two RBIs.
Kayla Schacht earned the victory for Pittsfield (1-3), allowing six hits and no earned runs while striking out eight and walking one.
Skyler Brown had two hits for Payson.
John Wood 4-13, Lewis & Clark 2-6: A six-run fifth inning in Game 2 helped the Lady Blazers sweep a MidWest Athletic Conference doubleheader at Godfrey, Ill.
JWCC trailed 5-3 going into the inning. Devin Gudehus scored the first run of the fifth on Nicole Kraft's sacrifice fly. Julie Schultz and Addison Ufkes followed with back-to-back doubles. That scored Rachel Motley and Schultz for the tying and go-ahead runs.
The Lady Blazers scored four more runs in the seventh, highlighted when Gudehus and Ashley Hollocher both scored after Schultz reached base on an error.
Valerie Schmit led JWCC's 15-hit attack by going 4 for 4 with a double. Motley and Hollocher combined for the victory.
In Game 1, Schultz had a no-hitter until a single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Despite that, the Lady Blazers waited until the top of the seventh to snap a 1-1 tie. With two outs, Sierra Jacques singled home Ufkes. That was followed by Kristen Loos' two-run single which scored Hannah Reller and Schmidt.
Wehar had two of the six hits for JWCC (11-13), while Schultz struck out eight and walked three.
Jefferson City 1, Quincy High School 0: The Blue Devils gave up as penalty kick in the 77th minute and lost on the road.
"It was by far our best defensive effort," QHS coach Travis Dinkheller said.
The Blue Devils limited the Jays to seven shots with junior keeper Anna Stock making two critical saves. Meanwhile, Quincy (3-5) managed just six shots.
"We have to start stringing some things together," Dinkheller said. "It was definitely a better effort."
Hannibal 10, Fulton 0: The Lady Pirates outshot the Hornets 24-1 in earning another North Central Missouri Conference victory.
Hannibal (6-1, 5-0 NCMC) scored eight goals in the first half with Bailey Welch, Lauren Wheelan and Bri Johnson scoring two goals apiece. Raylynn Charlton scored two goals in the second half.
Hannibal 9, QND 0: The Pirates won tiebreakers at the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles spots and swept the dual.
Hannibal's Dhazal Katbamna knocked off QND's Jack Nudo 2-6, 6-4, 10-4 at No. 1 singles, while the Pirates' Jacob Hammock and Austin Haynes defeated Nudo and Jimmy Kase 6-2, 3-6, 10-6 at No. 1 doubles.
Hannibal d. Moberly: Three of the Pirates' top five players broke 40 as Hannibal cruised to a 27-stroke victory. Hannibal shot a 153, while Moberly posted a 180.
Scott Cockrell took medalist honors for the Pirates, shooting a 37. Alec Abel and Jack Baumann both shot 38. Hannibal is now 9-0 in dual competition.