Eagles soar to another county tourney title

Gibault pitcher Sidney Wightman throws to first base during Thursday’s game against Columbia. (Corey Saathoff photo)

The Columbia High School softball team claimed Monroe County supremacy once again, topping Gibault and Waterloo to win the annual Monroe County Softball Tournament played Thursday at the Waterloo Sports Association complex.

The Eagles followed up a 13-0 win over Gibault by toppling the Bulldogs, 11-1, in the evening for the title. The tourney was played using just one diamond, due to recent rains, so games ran through the night.

Chelsy Pena went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and Kelly Metter went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs in the win over the Hawks. Courtney Weilbacher added a home run and Calli Wibbenmeyer went 2-for-2 with three runs. Mikaela Kossina held Gibault to just two hits while striking out seven.

Metter went 3-for-4 with a double and triple and Weilbacher added a double, triple and three RBIs in the win over Waterloo. Kossina, Aryn Henke, and Calli and Lindsey Wibbenmeyer added two hits apiece. Kaelyn Rheinecker allowed just two hits while striking out 11.

Waterloo’s hits came from Taylor Augustine and Jessica Baggett.

The tourney win moved Columbia’s record to 17-2. The Eagles hosted Breese Central on Tuesday and will be at Wesclin on Thursday. Columbia plays in the Triad tournament over the weekend.

The Eagles were stunned last Tuesday in a loss at Red Bud, 7-6. The Musketeers scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning. Calli Wibbenmeyer went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs in the loss. Weilbacher added three hits.

Metter leads the team in hitting at .597 with five home runs, 29 RBIs and 28 runs. Calli Wibbenmeyer is next at .510 and 26 runs. Weilbacher is hitting .507 with 33 runs and 25 RBIs. Lexi Touchette is hitting .467 with five home runs and 32 RBIs.

Waterloo advanced to the tourney championship by downing Valmeyer, 7-1. Erica Schaab went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs. Taylor Kaufmann added two hits and two runs, and Skyler Barker pitched six strong innings.

On Monday, the Bulldogs suffered a 6-4 loss at the hands of Triad in Mississippi Valley Conference play. Waterloo led 4-0 after four innings, but the Knights stormed back with five runs in the fifth inning.

Miranda Brown went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead Waterloo’s offense.

Waterloo (11-7) plays at Jerseyville on Wednesday.

Schaab leads the Bulldogs in hitting at .455 with 20 runs scored.

Valmeyer (5-11) plays at Dupo on Thursday. The Pirates are led by Chelsea Hooker, who is hitting .529 with 19 RBIs and seven triples. Cierra Goldschmidt is hitting .473 with 20 runs. Lilly Schlemmer is hitting .449.

Gibault (4-15) hosted Nashville on Tuesday and will play at Mater Dei on Wednesday.

Sidney Wightman leads the Hawks in hitting at .333, followed by Lexi Poepper at .309 with two home runs and 13 RBIs.

Dupo, meanwhile, has won five straight to run its overall record to 13-5.

The Tigers defeated Lebanon on Thursday, 5-0, behind a dominating pitching performance from senior Megan Brown. She struck out 14 and allowed just one hit over seven innings.

On offense, Taylor Esmon went 1-for-2 with her team-leading 10th homer of the spring.

Cameron Foster and Kassidee Keys added two hits apiece.

Brown leads the Tigers in hitting at .625 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs. Esmon is next at .500 to go along with her 10 homers and 31 RBIs.

Dupo played at Steeleville on Tuesday and will host Valmeyer on Thursday.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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