Article courtesy Liz Bostick, head softball coach
The Lady Panthers softball team had a busy week this week playing Monroe City Monday, Fatima Thursday, and traveling to the UCM Warrensburg Tourney to play Class 4 schools on Friday and Saturday. Despite a 5-run deficit in the sixth inning, Centralia almost came all the way back, eventually failing 7-8 to Monroe City on Monday. Kylee Walters made two incredible right field catches to blunt Monroe City’s threat. Meredith Wright had a 2-run home run in the fifth and a solo home run by Ella Holiman and a 3-run home run by Harper Sontheimer in the seventh inning significantly helped the Panthers in closing the gap. Centralia totaled 10 hits to Monroe City’s 6 in the game, but 6 errors made the difference. Multiple hits were earned by Holiman, Sontheimer, Wright, and Kaelyn Walters. Wright took the loss for the Panthers allowing six hits, six earned runs, walking four, and striking out four over five innings. Holiman came in for relief in two innings allowing no hits, walking one, and striking out two.
Centralia jumped out to an early lead against Fatima and took home a 9-6 victory on Thursday. The Panthers scored seven runs in the third inning with 12 total hits to Fatima’s 8. Multiple hits were tallied by Holiman, Jozelynn Bostick, Wright, and Kaelyn Walters. Holiman demonstrated an outstanding glove with six defensive assists and four putouts. Wright got the win throwing four innings, allowing six runs on six hits, striking out two, and walking four. MaKenzi Adkisson
threw three innings in relief allowing two hits, zero runs, no walks, and striking out one.
The team traveled to the University of Central Missouri to end the week. The Panthers started pool play with Webb City (15-1 on the season). The Panthers took a 1-run lead in the first with a walk by Kaelyn Walters, a single by Bostick, and a SAC fly by Holiman.
Webb City answered back taking a 2-run lead. The game was tight until the sixth inning when Webb City scored five. Hits were accrued by Wright, Adkisson, and Abbie Ross. Multiple hits were racked up by Bostick and Autumn Hawkins. Wright took the loss in the circle giving up five hits, two earned runs, walking four, and striking out three. Harrisonville was the second pool opponent and the Panthers came ready to compete. The Panthers racked up 12 hits in the contest. Multiple hits were earned by Holiman,
Adkisson, Kaelyn Walters, and Autumn Hawkins. Kaelyn Walters got the win in the circle giving up two hits, two walks, ant striking out four. Centralia took the two seed out of pool play and faced number one seed, undefeated McDonald County. The Panthers held strong defensively with one error on the game and managed six hits in the contest. Holiman went 2 for 3 at the dish. Centralia just couldn’t hold up against the big bats of McDonald County losing 2-9 in six innings. Adkisson took the loss in the circle giving up seven hits and walking three. The consolation game against Warrensburg was a defensive battle until the final inning but the Panthers came up short losing 1-3 in the sixth inning. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third when Ross singled, Terryn Vega SAC bunted, Carter Hawkins walked, and Holiman singled scoring Ross. Strong pitching on both sides made for an exciting game with Wright on the rubber giving up seven hits, walking zero, and striking out eight. The Panthers managed five hits with multiple hits tallied by Ross. Ella Holiman and Jozelynn Bostick were named to the Jennies All-Star Tournament team.