Final Four

The Lady Panthers jump with excitement, after winning the game against Marceline, sending Monroe City to the State Softball Final Four. Photo Courtesy Kim Snider.

The Monroe City Lady Panthers will head to the State Final Four, making history for the title town. In true sportsmanship fashion, the Lady Panthers sealed the deal for the ticket to advance, after defeating Marceline Wednesday evening.

The Monroe City team left town on October 21, with fans lining the roadway to cheer them on to victory with homemade signs and shouts of excitement.

Despite the wet weather and a game delay, Monroe City took the field ready to buckle down both offensively and defensively. Head Coach Melissa Chinn stated, “I am so proud of how well this team is playing now. They are definitely peaking at the right time. Our bats are on fire and they are hitting solid.”

The first inning ended with Marceline ahead by one run, with a 4-3 score. Moving into the second inning both teams would prove to be offensively and defensively strong, keeping their opponents from scoring runs. During the top of the third and fourth innings, the Lady Panthers found their swing and connected with hits, advancing with 4 runs and taking the lead.

The fifth inning ended with Monroe City only ahead by 3 runs, but during the sixth inning the Lady Panthers kept their bats swinging, showing their fans the Final Four was in sight, ending the game with a victory score of 13-7.

Monroe City had a total of 16 hits in the game, compared to Marceline’s 9 hits. The Lady Panthers gave up 4 errors, and Marceline had 7 errors. Emily Freidank, Mackenzie Moss and Bailee Hays each had 2 RBI’s, Kailynn Fuemmeler added 4 hits, and Moss and Youngblood each had 3 hits. Riley Quinn pitched all 7 innings, totaling 18 fast pitch strikes, with 3 strikeouts.

The Lady Panthers will compete in the State Final Four, traveling to Hamilton to on Saturday, October 24. The Softball team will depart from the High School at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday. Fans are being asked to fill the streets with black and gold and to cheer the Lady Panthers on as they leave town.

The game will start at 2 p.m. against the Penney Lady Hornets. Coach Chinn added on the upcoming game, “I hope we can continue this on into the next game. We just need to keep playing our game and doing our thing.” 

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