Eagles fly through Monroe County Softball Tournament

The Columbia softball team celebrates after winning Thursday’s Monroe County Softball Tournament in Waterloo. (Alan Dooley photo) This photo, along with many more from the tournament are available in our photo store in high resolution format!

The Columbia softball team dominated Thursday’s Monroe County Softball Tournament played at the Waterloo Sports Association fields, outscoring their opponents 30-0 in two quick games.

The Eagles (21-2) blasted Valmeyer, 20-0, and picked up where they left off in the title game, topping Waterloo 10-0.

Brina Rujawitz got the win on the mound against Valmeyer, allowing just one hit with five strikeouts in five innings. The team hit five home runs on offense.

Against Waterloo, ace starting pitcher Brianna Weilbacher was electric once again, allowing just one hit by the Bulldogs  with five strikeouts. She also went 2-for-2 at the plate.

Caitlyn Touchette was 2-for-3 with a home run and Kaylee Bastien went 3-for-4.

On Friday, the Eagles edged state-ranked Quincy Notre Dame, 4-2. Touchette hit a grand slam home run to account for Columbia’s offense, and Weilbacher recorded 15 strikeouts while allowing just one hit.

Monday, the Eagles pounded Marissa, 19-0. Weilbacher allowed just one hit and had 10 strikeouts. She also smacked two home runs.

During Columbia’s current 10-game winning streak, the Eagles have outscored their opponents 121-2.

Columbia plays at Breese Central on Wednesday,  hosts Wesclin on Thursday and plays Althoff in Bethalto on Saturday.


Waterloo had some ups and downs in games played last week, losing to Triad and Colum

bia but picking up wins against Althoff and Jerseyville.

The ‘Dogs fell to 15-7 with a 3-1 loss Tuesday at home to conference foe Highland.

“We started last week off slow and struggled defensively from time to time,” Waterloo head coach Sarah Renner said. “At this point in the season, we need to become more consistent and play to our potential.”

Renner said that stars on offense of late include Kaitlyn Storm, who hit two triples and a double this past week. Kylie Albrecht was 7-for-17, Kady Cecena was 4-for-10 with four RBIs and two doubles, and Ashley Reader was 5-for-14 with a homer, double and four RBIs.

“We have a busy schedule ahead of us, so we are looking to build from this and continue in the right direction,” Renner said.

Kasey Bradley continues to pitch well on the mound for the ‘Dogs, who host Civic Memorial on Wednesday, play at Wesclin on Friday and play Wood River and Alton on Saturday.


The Tigers are 22-5 after winning three more games last week. Freshman hurler Megan Brown threw back-to-back no hitters at Marissa last Tuesday and against Breese Central at home last Wednesday.

Bailee Tinker, Rachael Donald, Skylure Barlow and Brown each had two hits in the win, and  Taylor Esmon made two outstanding plays in the field to preserve the no-hit performance against Marissa.

Alyssa Strubberg went 3-for-3 at the plate, stole two bases and ended the game with a great catch in the outfield against Central.

Dupo head coach Greg Pennock said Brown had a perfect game going into the seventh inning when the lead-off batter for Central got jammed and hit a little floating spinning ball in the infield. It went off the Dupo fielder for an error.

“Anybody that has ever played this game knows how hard that type of mis-hit ball can be to field and our kid gave it a great effort,” Pennock said.

Amber Mobbs, Caitlyn Brizzi, Sissy Brown, Savannah Maldonado and Barlow were also credited for great defense in the win.

Thursday, Dupo pounded Lebanon, 11-1. Mobbs went 2-for-2, Donald was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Brown — pitching her third game in as many days — finally surrendered a run on four hits while striking out 13.

Brown is 20-3 on the spring with a 1.32 ERA and 200 strikeouts in 137.2 innings pitched.

The Tigers defeated Steeleville on Tuesday and will play at Valmeyer on Thursday.


The Hawks are 13-9 on the spring after defeating Steeleville last Wednesday, 11-1, and splitting their two games in the county tournament. Gibault lost to Waterloo, 14-3, and then rebounded to beat Valmeyer, 11-0.

Lauren Prader continues to lead the Hawks at the plate, hitting .538 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs. Noelle Davis leads the team in the pitcher’s circle and is a key contributor on offense, hitting .494.

Gibault played at Nashville on Tuesday and will host Mater Dei on Wednesday and Metro East Lutheran on Thursday before traveling to Freeburg for a Saturday doubleheader.


The Pirates picked up two recent wins, 4-3 over Althoff and 9-8 over Lebanon, but suffered losses to Columbia and Gibault in the county tournament. Worst of all, a team with barely enough players to play in the first place is only down to eight after some recent injuries.

“We’re hoping to get them back sometime later this week or early next,” Valmeyer coach Rich Kasson said.

Last Tuesday, Paige Bangle and Grace Nappier had three hits each in a thrilling 9-8 win over Lebanon. Down 8-3 in the seventh inning, Valmeyer scored six runs for the victory.

Last Wednesday, Bangle went 3-for-4 with all four of the team’s RBIs in the win over Althoff.

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