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Pierce City claims conference title

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Belted. Sara Stearns blasts a triple for Pierce City during their 9-2 victory over College Heights. [Photo by Courtney Stearns]
The Pierce City Lady Eagles softball team claimed the Spring River Valley Conference title on Monday with a 9-2 win over College Heights.

"After the first inning, we played well," said head coach Darin Henderson. "Mckenzie pitched well. It was a good win."

The Lady Eagles (15-3) wasted no time, scoring three runs in the first inning.

Baile Hayward and Mckenzie Moreland each singled to open the contest. Hayward scored on an error. Emily Ashley belted a triple to score Moreland. Gabby Phillips doubled to the fence to score Ashley.

College Heights answered Pierce City's scoring burst with two runs in the bottom of the first, but the Lady Eagles' defense stiffened and didn't allow another Lady Cougar run.

Pierce City scored one run in the second inning and two more in the fourth when Monica Sexton slapped a single, Hayward walked and Moreland laid down a sacrifice bunt to move them into scoring position. Third baseman Sara Stearns ripped a triple to score Sexton and Hayward.

"Winning the conference title was one of our goals we listed this year," said Henderson. "We can't be satisfied with this goal. The key for us is to push forward and focus on districts and then a playoff run."

Hayward finished with two singles, one stolen base and two runs scored. Stearns added a double, triple, two RBI and one run scored. Moreland, Jade Winsea, Faith Strong and Sexton each had a single and one run scored.

Moreland earned the victory on the mound. She struck out eight, walked two and allowed three hits and one earned run in seven innings of work.

Pierce City entertains Southwest Thursday. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.

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