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West County stays atop MAAA spring softball

STE. GENEVIEVE – West County produced a surplus of offense early, and protected its lead against Valle Catholic with sturdy defense to capture its fourth straight MAAA spring softball title on Wednesday.

The Lady Bulldogs posted all of their runs during the first three innings of a 7-4 victory, holding on after a pitching change stalled their lineup and enabled the Lady Warriors to slightly chip away down the stretch.

Valle Catholic starter Hannah Wood was relieved by Maddie Flieg after being hit in the leg by a hard ground ball in the third inning.

“Early in the game we hit the ball well, but then it mixed us up a bit when they changed pitchers,” West County head coach C.J. Wright said. “I told the team we have to look for the right pitch, but we could never really make that adjustment after the fourth inning.”

West County (15-3) made nice plays in the field over the final two frames to compensate for the decrease in offensive production.

Ivy Meinershagen recorded two of her six strikeouts, and Dori McRaven ran in to make a diving grab on a soft flare for the first out of the seventh inning.

“Our defense on the left side of the infield was solid all game long, especially late,” said Wright. “Our second baseman Maddie Herrera played great in just her third start of the season, and Makenzie Simily made an excellent play early in center field.”

The Lady Bulldogs acquired five of their runs during the second inning. Simily capitalized on two walks by driving in both runners with a triple to deep right-center field for a 3-0 lead with one out.

Hannah Myers contributed an RBI single before McRaven landed a triple inches inside of the line in right to make the margin 5-0. Allee Drennen capped the inning with a single that drove in McRaven.

Valle Catholic (14-9) notched its first run in the third frame on an RBI single by Gracie Eftink. Her hit scored Mallory Weiler, who reached base after her third strike went past the catcher to the backstop.

Kaydi Heil brought the difference within 7-2 during the fourth inning after reaching base on a fielding error, and proceeded to second on an errant throw to first. A pair of passed balls allowed her to eventually cross the plate, as low pitches often bounced high off the turf.

The Lady Warriors recorded four of their six hits during the fifth inning to cap all scoring. Sydni Basler led off with a single up the middle, and Taylor Seibert put two runners aboard with a hit following a fielder’s choice.

Weiler made the score 7-3 by being called safe on a collision with catcher Haylee Watson at the plate on a successful double steal. Eftink tallied her second hit and RBI moments later to bring the game within 7-4, but Valle Catholic left two runners in scoring position.

Meinershagen coaxed a ground out, then fanned the next batter to protect the West County advantage in the fifth frame of her complete game.

Wood allowed seven hits and walked two through three innings for the Lady Warriors. Flieg struck out two while surrendering just one hit over the last three frames.

McRaven finished 2-for-2, and Drennen also had a pair of hits with two RBI for West County. Tristin Martin contributed two singles in the win.

Megan Perkins notched a sacrifice fly to cap scoring for the Lady Bulldogs in the third inning by driving in Martin, who led off with a hit.

Olivia Meyer posted two singles for the Lady Warriors.

West County will round out its regular season with a road game against Clearwater before traveling to battle Potosi on Friday.

Valle Catholic will play Friday at Oak Ridge.

Valle Catholic sophomore Mallory Weiler (2) is called safe after colliding with West County catcher Haylee Watson at the plate during the fifth inning of the MAAA spring softball tournament championship game on Wednesday.

Valle Catholic sophomore Mallory Weiler (2) is called safe after colliding with West County catcher Haylee Watson at the plate during the fifth inning of the MAAA spring softball tournament championship game on Wednesday.

West County pitcher Ivy Meinershagen fields a ground ball before making the throw to first baseman Allee Drennen to retire a Valle Catholic batter during the seventh inning of the MAAA spring softball tournament championship game on Wednesday.

West County pitcher Ivy Meinershagen fields a ground ball before making the throw to first baseman Allee Drennen to retire a Valle Catholic batter during the seventh inning of the MAAA spring softball tournament championship game on Wednesday.

Valle Catholic catcher Kaydi Heil reaches back to secure a pop fly in foul territory for an out during the third inning of the MAAA spring softball tournament championship game against West County on Wednesday.

Valle Catholic catcher Kaydi Heil reaches back to secure a pop fly in foul territory for an out during the third inning of the MAAA spring softball tournament championship game against West County on Wednesday.

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