Northwest Lions' softball players didn't get to roar Saturday while playing Eureka High School Wildcats, with Eureka delivering a 9-0 victory. The game was held at Eureka at 1 p.m. as the Class 4 quarterfinal for the 2012 Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) softball playoffs.
The Wildcats took the lead 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning when Alli Craft doubled, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Hope Waller, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Maddie Krumrey. Sam Witte drove a three-run homer and a solo home run; she eventually finished with four runs batted in. Jessica Poore got a double, which drove in Kelsey Tepen. Craft also contributed a triple, and then scored of a sacrifice from Waller. Allie Webb secured an inside-the-park home run and two RBIs with a ball into the right field corner. The throw beat her to homeplate, but the Lions' catcher, Valerie Fortner, dropped the ball while trying to make the tag.
Eureka's Krumrey pitched the two-hit shutout Saturday. The win places the Wildcats (20-1, No. 2 STLhighschoolsports.com large-schools rankings) heading back to the state semifinals for the second year in a row. They drive to Springfield, MO, Thursday to play on Friday at 2 p.m.
Northwest coach Dan Davison after Saturday's loss told Patch he was looking at what the team did throughout the season, not just in one game. "We had a seven-game winning streak when it mattered most. Today was just one of those days. Eureka is that good."
Davison said he was proud of what the Lions were able to accomplish, with it being 23 years since Northwest had won a district championship. "People typically say they are proud of children, you know, but this time is really moreso than ever."
"We could've been done several times, but the girls fought to the last strike," he said.
The Lions' team included nine seniors, which Davison said he viewed as an "extremely special season."
Eureka coach Mark Mosley said if the Wildcats win Friday, they will head to the state championship game Saturday at 4 p.m. If the Wildcats do not win Friday, their next game will be Friday at 7 p.m.