FARMINGTON -- East Central methodically moved runners around the base paths after lead-off batters reached safely in four consecutive innings, and ended any plans by the Mineral Area softball team to continue its season on Saturday.
Kierstin Monzyk finished 4-for-4 and Ashley Hill launched a pivotal home run as the top-seeded Falcons claimed the Region 16 championship with a 7-2 victory.
Sarah Westhoff scattered seven hits and allowed no walks in the circle as East Central (30-20) dominated the double-elimination tournament without facing a serious threat.
Mineral Area (28-21) bounced lower seeds St. Louis and Cottey from the bracket to reach the championship round, but lacked a consistent offensive spark in the final contest.
Sami Jo Horrell and Courtney Massengale each finished 2-for-3 for the Lady Cardinals, and sophomore Mikala Torrence singled to end her season with a .510 batting average.
East Central tested the MAC infield by bunting early and often. Monzyk advanced two bases on a Michelle Bryant sacrifice, and scored on a ground ball in the first inning.
Brittany Miller made it 2-0 with an RBI single following an error, and Hill highlighted her 3-for-4 game with a 2-run homer off losing pitcher Lauren Stamp in the third.
Horrell prevented further damage with a sliding catch in left field, but the Falcons added two more tallies in the fourth for a 6-0 advantage.
Mineral Area pushed across its only two runs of the contest after Kimmie Roberts and Horrell opened the fifth with singles.
Westhoff had to overcome a subsequent error and minimized the threat after Torrence lifted a sacrifice fly to score Horrell.
But the Lady Cardinals wasted their earlier opportunities, including two hits in the second inning and back-to-back singles from Torrence and Darby Ferguson to start the fourth.
Miller crossed the plate on a fielder's choice in the sixth inning to complete the scoring. Westhoff retired nine of her final 10 batters faced.
Stamp allowed nine hits before departing with the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth. Neither Stamp nor reliever Maggee Cunningham recorded a strikeout.
Ferguson finished among the single-season RBI leaders in program history with 57, but could not increase that total in four tournament games.
Mineral Area avenged its first loss of the weekend by rallying past St. Louis 7-4 earlier on Saturday.
Sonya Hahn burned a shallow defense with a tying 2-RBI double to deep left field, and the Lady Cardinals took control by scoring five times in the fifth inning.
Torrence, who only lacked a single for the cycle while going 3-for-4, put MAC ahead to stay moments later with an RBI double.
Stamp and Alicia Otero drove in subsequent runs off opposing hurler Rebecca Vogt, who neutralized the Mineral Area offense on Friday.
Stamp pitched two scoreless frames for the save. Roberts earned the win despite yielding four walks and five hits over five innings.
Torrence powered a tying 2-run homer to center in the third. Sarah Strothkamp answered with her own 2-run shot in the fourth to restore a 4-2 St. Louis lead.
Massengale was 2-for-3 and Hahn contributed two hits and two stolen bases for the Lady Cardinals. Faith Eaves reached twice on a single and walk.
Ashley Kendall paced the Archers by going 2-for-4.