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Lady Cards end season with 1-run loss

FARMINGTON – The Mineral Area softball team generated one last exciting comeback before watching its tumultuous season slip away on Saturday morning.

St. Louis capitalized for three unearned runs, and edged the Lady Cardinals 5-4 in an NJCAA Division II, Region 16 tournament elimination game.

Kacy Bergfeld finished 2-for-2 with a home run, and Morgan Moss cracked a tying solo shot during a decisive, two-run bottom of the fifth inning.

Sarah Shepard allowed four runs on seven hits and five walks, and notched three strikeouts over seven innings for the Archers (29-12), which was defeated later Saturday by repeat champion Cottey.

Mineral Area (19-26) trailed 3-0 before pulling even in the fourth. Karlie Missey ripped a two-RBI double and scored on a tying RBI double by Stacy Politte.

Pinch-hitter Kati McCormack delivered a huge RBI single that briefly put the Lady Cardinals ahead 4-3 in the top of the fifth. St. Louis answered with two tallies during the home half.

After Moss went deep against Mineral Area hurler Alyssa Sago, Bergfeld was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a misplay in center field before coming home on a fielder’s choice by Abby Lavely.

Missey capped her 2-for-3 performance with a leadoff single in the Mineral Area sixth. But the Archers turned a crucial double play, and Shepard worked a perfect seventh to close it out.

Madison Binkard singled and reached base three times overall for MAC. Abby Bahr had a single with two runs scored, and Lilly Pecaut supplied a hit and sacrifice bunt.

Sago (9-7), whose brilliant 2-hit shutout helped the Lady Cardinals avert elimination on Friday, yielded five runs (two earned) on eight hits while fanning two in her 10th complete game this spring.

Anna Counts and Jenn Luebbert were each 2-for-4 with a run scored for St. Louis.

Mineral Area sophomore outfielder Aubrie Venegas leads away from first base during a game earlier this season. The Lady Cardinals suffered a 5-4 loss to St. Louis on Saturday, and were eliminated from the Region 16 Tournament.

Mineral Area sophomore outfielder Aubrie Venegas leads away from first base during a game earlier this season. The Lady Cardinals suffered a 5-4 loss to St. Louis on Saturday, and were eliminated from the Region 16 Tournament.

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