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  • A look back at 2013 softball districts

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  • Softball season is officially over for the lake area teams, so here's a look back at how they performed in districts last week.
    Camdenton falls in first game to Hickman, 10-0
    The Lady Lakers' season ended with a disappointing 10-0 shutout on Wednesday night, as the young Camdenton squad couldn't hang on.
    Trailing 3-0 until the sixth inning, the Lady Lakers were still in the game, but their youth proved to be the deciding factor, as they couldn't get anything going on offense and gave up seven additional runs late in the game to fall 10-0. Their season record ends at 13-13, a marked improvement from 2012's 10-12 season.
    Camdenton was held to three hits on the night by Hickman's defense, numbers unusually low for the Camdenton squad.
    Hickman, however, would go on to win the district championship after defeating Jefferson City 7-1 in the semifinals before beating the number one seeded Rock Bridge with a final score of 6-2.
    Coach Rick Calbert, however, is able to see the positives from his young team.
    "We're young, and we're just going to keep getting better," Calbert said. "Sure, it hurts tonight, but their future is bright."
    Camdenton's squad put up some great games this season, and the district opponents are now going to be looking over their shoulders, knowing that this young squad will lose just one senior while they lose quite a few more.
    The Lady Lakers also finished second in the Ozark Conference this season, with a 7-2 conference record.
    Only losing one senior after the season, the Lady Lakers' varsity squad consisted of four freshmen, three sophomores and five juniors, putting this team in position to be even better next season.
    Coach Calbert knows this team can go further, and that next year will be another chance to improve.
    The team also knows it, and are already asking when they can get back to practice.
    If there were any doubts about whether this squad is still in a rebuilding mode, that question has been answered.
    Osage 10, Versailles 1
    The 7-13 Osage Lady Indians made quick work of the 5-14 Lady Tigers on Wednesday with a 10-1 win to advance to the semifinals of the Class 3, District 10 tournament.
    The Lady Indians jumped on Versailles early, scoring two runs in the first inning before going quiet in the second.
    Osage's bats picked up again in the third inning, scoring another two runs before laying the hammer down with three runs in the fourth and another three in the fifth to put it out of reach. Versailles' only run came late in the game, as Osage's defense slacked off with after taking a 10-0 lead in the fifth.
    Page 2 of 3 - Osage's Taylor Good had another great night for the Indians, pitching the distance and striking out nine. She finished the night with three hits, while Elizabeth French and Dani Puckett banged out two hits each.
    Versailles' season ended with a final record of 5-15, the exact same record as the previous season, but the young team, with no seniors on the squad, began building this season, and with time, could improve on that record. Coach Renee Winters' squad has show great signs of maturing in her first season coaching the Lady Tigers, and though the Tigers are, for now, down, but not out in the future years. The best thing they have going for them is this: they have fun every game, and they have plenty of time to grow.
    The team that loves playing for the sake of playing is the team that finds ways to win.
    Blair Oaks 15, Osage 0
    After advancing on to the district semifinals for the Class 3 District 10 tournament with a 10-1 win over Versailles on Wednesday night, the Osage Lady Indians faced the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons for the second time this week, only this time, the chance at a district championship game was at stake.
    The outcome of the game, however, proved to be the exact same as the previous match on Tuesday: a 15-0 shutout in Blair Oaks' favor.
    Offensively the Lady Indians couldn't get anything going, while a dominant Lady Falcon offense used three errors in the first inning to score five runs on the errors.
    Blair Oaks would go on to score a total of fifteen runs, ending the game with the fifteen-run mercy rule taking effect.
    Osage's final season record finishes 8-14, and considering the fact that this team began the rebuilding last season with this squad starting as freshmen, it is a solid step in the right direction. Osage's pitching was great this season, led by strong performances from Taylor Good, and offensively, the team did a better job hitting. The Indians will return all of their starters, as they lose one senior this season. Coach Nowicki and his team know that the next step is improving the defense, which will be the focus for this squad as they prepare for next season.
    "The thing I love about this group is they will come out strong next year," Coach Nowicki said. "I know they will, because they'll all do their off-season work."
    Southern Boone 5, Eldon 2
    The Eldon Lady Mustangs took the field next, and after a scoreless first three innings, Becca Lasson drove the ball over the fence for a home run in the bottom of the fourth, giving the Lady Mustangs a 2-0 lead.
    That lead didn't last long, as their opponent, Southern Boone, answered with a home run of their to tie the game one inning later.
    Page 3 of 3 - Southern Boone would capitalize on errors by the Eldon defense to take the lead, and went on to score another three runs late in the game to win it all 5-2.
    Eldon's season ended with a disappointing loss, but the team finished with a solid 10-11 record. Looking forward into next season, the Mustangs' will have to replace three seniors, all of whom have been named to All-District teams in their career at Eldon. Shortstop Becca Lasson and catcher Madison Scrivner will be tough acts to follow, as both All-Conference players were key components in their wins, along with pitcher Madason Balch leading the Lady Mustangs from the mound.
    Blair Oaks faced Southern Boone on Saturday for the district championship, and the Lady Falcons defeated Southern Boone with a final score of 9-0.
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