PREP SOFTBALL: Tolton, Hickman and Rock Bridge win Monday

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A walk-off RBI double by Bridget Bartlett in the bottom of the fifth inning put the mercy rule into effect as Tolton defeated New Bloomfield 10-0 on Monday.

Tolton’s offense caught fire in the first inning thanks to a two-run double by Emilee Farnan. The Trailblazers scored in four of five innings, ending the game with a four-run fifth inning.

Tolton had 14 hits against New Bloomfield pitcher Asya Nichols, led by Farnan, who went 3-3 with three RBI. Bartlett, Paige Bedworth, Mae Cross, Emily Konrad and Courtney Widmer each had two hits.

Tolton also stole five bases, with four coming in the bottom of the third inning. The Trailblazers executed a double steal with Bartlett and Farnan to bring Bartlett home.

The Trailblazers’ defense matched the performance the offense put out. Allie Widmer and Courtney Widmer connected to throw New Bloomsfield runner Haley Berhorst out at second base, along with Bedsworth only allowing one hit and striking out 10 batters.

Tolton coach Taylor Cowan said this win will help the team going forward.“We had a lot of good at-bats today, and a lot of girls got to hit,” Tolton coach Taylor Cowan said. “I think that’ll help them as we continue to move through our season.”

Farnan noted that her RBI double in the first inning brought the team together.

“I think it might’ve brought up the energy, but I think everybody hit well,” Farnan said. “All together, We just had a lot of energy tonight.”

Bedsworth echoed similar thoughts on the team’s unity.“They’re like a second family, so I know they’ll just get out there and do the job they need to do and have my back,” Bedsworth added. “It’s just super fun because all the girls are fun.”

Tolton improves to 5-3 on the season. Its next game is 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Borgia.

Hickman keeps win streak alive in extra innings

The Kewpies kept their undefeated streak alive as they defeated Camdenton 7-4 in eight innings Monday.

Hickman went down 3-1 at the end of the third inning before tying it up with one run in both the sixth and seventh innings. A four-run eighth inning would be enough for the Kewpies to extend their win streak to eight.

Emily King led Hickman on offense with two hits and four RBI. Athena Wheeler and Sydney Hollrah also had two hits.

Despite giving up nine hits, the Kewpies onlyallowed just four runs to score. Abby Hurtado earned the win for the Kewpies with a complete game and striking out three.

Hickman’s next game is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against crosstown rival Battle at home.

Bruins wins on the road

Rock Bridge bounced back from its loss against St. Francis Borgia on Thursday as it defeated Sullivan 3-1 on Monday.

Rock Bridge improves to 8-2 on the season. Its next game is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against Jefferson City at home.

Supervising editor is Seth Bodine.

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