Indians top Lakers to finish third in season-opening tournament
A total of 16 teams set foot on the diamond for the first time this season at the Sullivan Back To School Classic on Saturday.
Osage, Camdenton and Eldon were among the teams getting their first taste of action and the Indians finished 3-1 to capture third place while the Lakers finished fourth at 2-2 and the Mustangs finished the day 1-3. Eureka brought home the title after making their way through the tournament undefeated.
Osage started its 2018 campaign against Pacific in the opening round and the Indians had little trouble coming out on top in a 6-1 win behind the arm of Kerrigan Gamm who produced five strikeouts in six innings of work while Paige Luttrell used her bat to drive in five RBIs.
In the next round, Osage took down Linn in a dramatic fashion with an 8-7 walkoff win over the Wildcats. Carly Ward took care of business with her arm and her bat as she earned the win on the mound and produced the game-winning hit on an RBI-double with two outs to send the Indians to the semifinals.
The Indians faced a tough test against host Sullivan in the semifinals with a 10-0 defeat where Ward picked up the lone hit. However, Osage’s tournament ended on a positive note with a 6-5 win over Lake area neighbor Camdenton in the third place game. Ward picked up the win for Osage in her five innings of work on the mound and Gamm’s 2-RBI double proved to be the decisive run that completed a comeback after her team trailed 5-0 early in the first inning.
Gracie Faulkner and Ward earned All-Tournament honors for Osage and the Indians were scheduled to begin a busy week of four games that started at home against rival Eldon on Monday. Up next is a trip to Tuscumbia on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Camdenton began 2018 with a walkoff bunt to knock off Webster Groves 2-1 and took care of Desoto 7-4 in the next round with a three-run home run from Fayth Rakes. An 8-5 loss in the semifinals to eventual champion Eureka sent the Lakers to the third place game where they came up just short in a 6-5 defeat to neighbor Osage.
Camdenton will host Hillcrest on Tuesday for its Ozark Conference and home opener at 4:30 p.m.
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Eldon had a solid start to its season as well as the Mustangs cruised by Waynesville 22-3 in the first game. The bats of Madison VanHooser and Elizabeth Rush led the way with three RBIs each and VanHooser was the winning pitcher with two strikeouts in two innings.
The road got a little tougher for Eldon in the next round as the Mustangs suffered a 10-9 defeat to Pacific allowing three runs in the top of the sixth. Chloe Ruark, Hailey Clifton and Olivia Beanland all had two RBIs for the Mustangs while VanHooser took the loss on the mound in a complete-game performance.
Branson also put up 10 runs in a 10-6 win over Eldon where Daija Rudolph led the Mustang offense with two RBIs and Ruark came up short on the mound in her five innings of work.
The finale saw Eldon take on host Sullivan and the Mustangs fell 16-3 to the Eagles. VanHooser and Rush produced an RBI each and Lauren Hollenbeck took the loss after pitching six innings.
Eldon was scheduled to visit rival Osage on Monday and the Mustangs will play their home opener on Tuesday against Fulton at 5 p.m.