Monroe City went 2-1 on Saturday, Oct. 1 to finish in third place at the Schuyler County Softball Tournament.
The Lady Panthers defeated Highland 6-1 with 11 hits. Audri Youngblood went seven full innings in the circle for MCHS and held the Lady Cougars to three hits. She had one strikeout, no walks and induced 11 ground outs.
Emily Friedank and Kiera Nash each hit triples for the Lady Panthers. Friedank also doubled.
Monroe City lost 1-0 to Canton in the semifinals. Canton scored the game’s lone run on an RBI double in the top of the first inning. Lucy Pratt pitched a complete-game four-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk. Two days prior, MCHS lost 7-2 at Canton.
The Lady Panthers opened the tournament with a 12-1, five-inning thumping of Scotland County. MCHS scored seven times in the fourth inning highlighted by a Youngblood home run. She finished with three RBI. Cahlin Chapman, Freidank and Perri Dimmitt each drove in two. Youngblood pitched four and one-third innings yielding just two hits with seven Ks and five walks.
Two days after the tournament on Monday, Oct. 3, Monroe City traveled to Highland for a Clarence Cannon Conference contest. MCHS pounded out 16 hits in an 8-4 victory.
With the game tied 3-3 through five innings, the Lady Panthers scored three runs in the sixth, including Abigail Smith’s home run, and two more in the seventh. Pratt hit 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI. Smith was 2 of 4 with two RBI. She also doubled. Cahlin Chapman, Belle Clark, Freidank and Taylor Pfaff also hit individual two-baggers.
Pratt scattered eight hits over seven innings. The junior left-hander recorded nine strikeouts, a pair of walks while giving up two earned runs.
Monroe City hit the road Wednesday, Oct. 5 to take on a good Clopton squad.
The Lady Panthers won 2-1 despite being no-hit by the Clopton pitcher. However, Youngblood’s outing in the circle put Monroe City in position to win in a unique way.
A sophomore right-hander, Youngblood held Clopton to three hits, recorded 11 Ks with only one walk and one earned run in, perhaps, her best pitching performance of the season.
Freidank, despite going 0 for 3, managed to get on base twice and stole two bases while scoring a run. Nash scored the Lady Panthers other tally.
Monroe City is the top-seed and host of the Class 2 District 5 Tournament which gets underway today (Oct. 12). As the No. 1 seed, MCHS earned an opening-round bye.
The Lady Panthers will play the winner of No. 4 Louisiana and fifth-seed South Shelby in a semi-final game on Thursday (Oct. 13) at 5 p.m.
The Class 2 District 5 championship game is scheduled for Saturday (Oct. 15) at 1 p.m.
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