The Monroe City Lady Panthers hosted Moberly for senior night on October 8. There were four seniors honored at the evenings game. Each were presented with a certificate and given a flower to present to their family by Head Coach Melissa Chinn. Coach Chinn stated, “I am so proud of these four girls. They have been handed a truly tough year with the amount of injuries and adversity they have been put through. They have all stepped up and rallied around each other. This has been one of the most fun group of girls I’ve coached. I wish them all the best of luck in their futures. Thank you for leaving a great mark on the Monroe City softball program.” The seniors recognized were Madelyn Meyer, Madison Moss, Lauren Youngblood and Danielle Pfanner.
Coach Chinn spoke about each player stating, “Madelyn has worked so hard over the past four years. She’s gone from third base to the outfield and back to third every year. She’s one of the loudest people on the bench cheering on her teammates. She is always positive and always getting her team motivated.”
Chinn shared being impacted by Moss, explaining, “I’m very impressed with Madison this year. She’s played in the outfield, pitched and found her home at second base. She has done such a great job there. When I first asked her what she thought about playing there she said I don’t care where I play, I just want to play. Great attitude, great work ethic, even better teammate.”
Leading the team is Youngblood, as Chinn stated, “She has been a tremendous leader for our team this season. She works so hard in practice to be her best for every game. She is so consistent up to bat and we can always count on her to get us going in that leadoff spot. She is a great example that hard work pays off. She had also stepped up and filled the short stop spot after playing two years at second and her freshman year at third.”
Chinn gave remarks on Pfanner’s toughness, stating, “This has been such a great year for Danielle. She has stepped into that senior leader role in such an amazing way. She has confidence in herself and it shows in the way she plays. She has come through in tough situations up to bat and found a spot in the three hole in the batting line up.”
As the Lady Panthers stepped on the field for the evenings game, they met their opponent in unchartered territory, this being the first time to ever play the Lady Spartans. The challenge didn’t hinder the Lady Panthers, ending the game with a seven-point lead score of 10-3.
The first inning would give the teams a tie game, but the Lady Panthers turned up their defense holding Moberly in the top of the second from scoring and would take the lead throughout the rest of the game.
Riley Quinn stepped up to the pitching mound for all seven innings, throwing six strike-outs and 21 strikes. Emily Freidank led her team with four hits, followed by Youngblood and Meyer each having three hits. RBI’s came in twos for Youngblood, Meyer and Belle Clark.