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Lady Cats advance to district softball final

Fredericktown freshman Jonsyn Rehkop returns a throw from the outfield during a softball game against North County on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, in Bonne Terre. (Matt King,

ST. LOUIS – Jonsyn Rehkop doubled twice and scored three runs while finishing 3-for-3, and the Fredericktown softball team secured its place in the Class 3, District 1 softball final.

Calie Allgier added three singles in four plate appearances, and the Lady Blackcats downed Perryville 11-3 on Monday afternoon at host school Bayless.

Winning pitcher Michaela Reagan allowed three runs on six hits, and notched eight strikeouts while issuing four walks in the complete game.

Fredericktown (16-6) surged to a 9-0 advantage through three innings, and advanced to face Lutheran South for the title on Tuesday.

McKayla Pecaut delivered a two-run single in the fourth, and Autumn Johnson added an RBI infield hit for Perryville (3-22). Kylee Stortz collected two hits with one run scored.

Reagan did not surrender a hit until facing Stortz in the fourth. An early walk was erased when Gibson made a catch at shortstop, and stepped on second base to run an unassisted double play.

Rehkop doubled to begin the bottom of the second against Lady Pirates hurler Rhylee Wengert, who issued five walks and fanned three in the loss.

Three free passes followed a wild pitch that brought Rehkop home, and Gibson cleared the bases with a three-run triple to right. Miley Wengler made it 5-0 with a sacrifice fly.

Perryville committed three defensive errors in the fourth as the Lady Blackcats tacked on four more tallies. Laynee King picked up an RBI on a bases-loaded infield hit.

Rehkop and Reagan restored a 10-2 lead on back-to-back doubles in the fourth inning, and Allie Bloom highlighted her 2-for-4 effort with an RBI double after Allgier singled to center in the sixth.

Reagan struck out her first two batters in the seventh, and retired the last five in a row.

Fredericktown catcher Abby Kinkead reached base twice, and picked off a runner at first base.

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