Softball teams striving for greatness

Pictured is Columbia's Chelsy Pena (John Spytek photo)

Pictured is Columbia’s Chelsy Pena (John Spytek photo)

There are regional titles up for grabs for local high school softball squads as the season winds down.

In Class 2A, Dupo (16-5) will play for a regional championship on Saturday. The Tigers roared to a 9-2 win at Piasa Southwestern on Wednesday and will next face Staunton for the title. Rachael Donald went 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBIs. She is hitting .500 this spring. Skylure Barlow added two hits, including a home run.

In Class 1A, Gibault (6-20-1) advanced to the Marissa Regional final by topping Mulberry Grove on Thursday, 7-4. Sophia Purcell, Lexi Poepper, Hannah Dengler and Sidney Wightman each had two hits in the win. The Hawks will battle New Athens for the regional title on Saturday. Also in Class 1A, Valmeyer (6-15-1) ended its season with a loss to Metro East Lutheran at Lebanon on Thursday, 15-5. Kendra Goldschmidt went 3-for-3 with three RBIs.

Class 3A schools Columbia and Waterloo will play in the Columbia Regional next week. The Eagles wrapped up another Cahokia Conference title on Thursday, defeating Red Bud, 7-4. Senior catcher Kalli Farmer went 2-for-4 with a home run and Britney Edwards went 2-for-3. Brina Rujawitz struck out seven for the complete game victory. Farmer is hitting .411 on the season. Lexi Touchette and Courtney Weilbacher are each hitting .455 to lead the offense. The Eagles host Civic Memorial on Saturday as a final tune-up before regional play begins.

Waterloo is 15-16 on the season after splitting two recent games. The Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 contest at Mascoutah on Wednesday. Erica Schaab and Emma Snodgrass collected two hits apiece. On Thursday, Waterloo topped Civic Memorial to close out Mississippi Valley play, 4-0. Taylor Augustine leads in hitting at .410. Miranda Brown is hitting .326 with five home runs and 26 RBIs. The ‘Dogs play at Edwardsville on Friday to close out the regular season before doing battle with rival Highland in the Columbia Regional next Wednesday.

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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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