Canton, Palmyra and Kirksville Make Softball Semi-Final Round
By David Sharp
Canton handed Bevier a 1-0 loss in the Class 1 Sectional and got past defending state champion Cairo at the Chillicothe Quarterfinals, earning a berth in the 2008 MSHSAA Softball Championships held October 24-25 at St. Joseph, Missouri.
The Lady Tigers (19-7) got a 12 strikeout performance from Kristyn Caldwell and a tenth inning game winning RBI double from Lindsey Lillard to get past Bevier. Kristyn Caldwell fired a no hitter at the Lady Bearcats in the quarterfinal round.
Canton takes on Jefferson County (19-4) on Friday in a high noon shootout in the semi-final round. Kirksville (24-4) beat Winfield in the Class 3 quarterfinals by a 3-2 final score in 12 innings. Jackie Bishop went the distance on the hill and led off the 12th inning with a double.
Kirksville plays unbeaten Cape Girardeau Notre Dame (25-0) at 1:30PM on Friday afternoon in the semi-finals.
Palmyra (22-2) ended Highland’s playoff run with an 8-0 victory in the Hannibal Sectional. Taylor Baxter fired a no hitter at the Lady Cougars (13-8).
Kayla Whittler had an RBI triple in a three run Palmyra first inning. Jessica VanNostrand slammed an RBI double in the first and a two run triple during a four run fourth inning.
Two time defending Class 2 champion Palmyra hammered out eight hits off first team all Clarence Cannon Conference freshman Julie Schultz in the Sectional round. Schultz had two strikeouts while Taylor Baxter fanned 11 Highland batters.
Senior Ashlan Knoche was struck by a second inning pitch for the only Highland base runner of the contest. The Lady Cougars ended Putnam County’s state record streak of 22 consecutive district softball championships. Putnam County (18-3) won the Tri-Rivers Conference softball title with an unbeaten 7-0 record.
Palmyra topped Centralia by a 5-1 score in the Class 2 quarterfinals. The Lady Panthers go for the three peat at 12:30PM on Friday. The state championship games start between 11AM and 12:30PM on Saturday, October 25 with third place games to follow.