Double downed: Tigers' title pursuit undone by one swing
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Double downed: Tigers' title pursuit undone by one swing

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Hunter Collins apologized for tearing up, but there was no need. Her emotion was understandable. A 4-1 loss to Salisbury in Saturday's Class 1 state championship denied the Canton softball team of its second title in the last three...

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Double downed: Panthers unable to generate another miracle rally
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Double downed: Panthers unable to generate another miracle rally

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Everything suggested the Palmyra softball team had another miracle on tap. Heading to the seventh inning Saturday trailing Sherwood by two runs in the Class 2 state championship game, the Panthers had the heroes of rallies past...

Panthers rally in grand fashion to reach state title game
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Panthers rally in grand fashion to reach state title game

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Don't count out the Palmyra softball team. Ever. "That's absolutely true," senior catcher Megan Stone said. The team that didn't take the lead until the fifth inning of the district championship and needed a three-run rally...

Canton rebounds to reach title game
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Canton rebounds to reach title game

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It only took one half inning for the Canton softball team to face its first deficit of the postseason. It only took one more half inning to erase it completely. Canton fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning of its Class 1...

Canton looks to reclaim its crown
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Canton looks to reclaim its crown

CANTON, Mo. -- The Canton softball team has a special opportunity in front of it. Last season, the Tigers were defending a Class 1 state title but failed to make it out of their district bracket. Now they are back into the final four with their eyes on...

Panthers look to make most of return to state stage
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Panthers look to make most of return to state stage

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Hanging above the first base dugout at the Flower City Park softball field is a sign featuring the five Palmyra softball state champions. The Panthers are hoping to make that six this weekend. "We want it so bad, ever since freshman...

Lawson's addition buoys entire Panther team
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Lawson's addition buoys entire Panther team

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Before the start of the fall softball season, Palmyra knew it would have one solid thrower in the circle in junior Lydia Althoff but beyond that was a mystery. Enter Brooke Lawson. The senior hurler moved to town after pitching for...

Scratch and claw: Panthers fight back to beat Trailblazers, move to state semifinals
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Scratch and claw: Panthers fight back to beat Trailblazers, move to state semifinals

PALMYRA, Mo. -- On her 16th birthday, Jazlin Gottman gave her team a gift. The Palmyra sophomore stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs, down 5-4 to Father Tolton in the Class 2 state quarterfinals at Flower City Park. She fouled off...

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Late runs lift Canton to state semifinals

NORBORNE, Mo. -- The late inning magic keeps rolling for the Canton softball team. Up 2-1 in the top of the sixth with two outs against Norborne in the Class 1 state quarterfinals on Saturday, Abby Jarvis slapped a two-run double that started an avalanche

Familiar territory: Canton reaches state quarterfinals for second time in three years
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Familiar territory: Canton reaches state quarterfinals for second time in three years

CANTON, Mo. -- Kenzie Guilfoyle giveth, and Kenzie Guilfoyle taketh away. The Canton sophomore outfielder made two momentum-shifting plays in the fourth inning of Wednesday's Class 1 sectional game against Atlanta. In the top of the fourth, Guilfoyle...