They are the champions.
Like Grant through Richmond, Jill Angell, head coach of the Centralia Lady Panthers Softball Team, has led her team on a victorious and merciless march through the Clarence Cannon Conference to the team’s eight CCC Championship with Angell.
That march concluded with a 12-6 road-win against the Palmyra Lady Panthers, Sept. 28 in Palmyra.
It was a fitting end to a week that started strong with the Lady Panthers 19-0, four-inning road-game shut-out over Hallsville.
That was Tuesday night.
Thursday night saw them in Palmyra facing long-time conference, district and state rivals, the Palmyra Lady Panthers.
“It started out looking like a slug fest,” Angell said. “Centralia High School had 14 hits and Palmyra had eight.”
Junior right-hander Gwendolyn Bostick pitched the win for Centralia. She struck out three and walked two.
Alana Comstock took the loss for Palmyra was the losing pitcher with five strike outs and one walk. She was relieved in the sixth by Lauren VanTress.
The game started with back-and-forth scoring.
Centralia scored one in the first inning and Palmyra hit back with two.
Palmyra scored three more in the second while keeping Centralia off the board.
Centralia bounced back and scored 3 in the third bringing the score to 5-4.
Centralia scored again in the fifth making it a 5-5 ball game then one more to take the lead.
From there the lady Panthers started hammering. Centralia scored four more in the sixth.
“It’s a huge win for us,” Angell told the Fireside Guard. “We were down 5-1 before we were able to come . . . We blew it open in the sixth.”
Being able to mount a comeback is significant in the long term, she said.
“We showed we can beat a tough team from behind. I thought it would be a 5-1 game and they had those big early hits and I was worried. But we came back and showed we can fight our way out of the fog.”
Katlelyn Rakers and Jaymi Freeman led the ladies on the scoreboard with three runs each. Rakers had four hits, including three singles, Freeman, singles.
Catcher Kellyn Vega supported them with two runs and two singles.
Bostick was slammed in two RBIs while hitting a single and a double.
Courtney Luedlof, Carter Simkins, Sadie Owens and Lynsie Curtis all added a hit for Centralia.
Palmyra got hits from Loman, Anderson, Wilson, and Stone. Lovelace was 3/4 with 2 singles and a triple.
Centralia finished the week 18-6. They came back Monday and beat Boonville 8-1.