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Lady Vikings blanked by Evangel in playoffs

Monday, April 30, 2012

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Senior Janie Jungermann tried to extend the Lady Vikings' season, but a solo homer was all Evangel needed to end it.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
SPRINGFIELD -- The seventh-seeded Missouri Valley College softball team went to Springfield on Friday hoping to upset No. 2 Evangel in the best-of-three Heart of America Conference Tournament first-round series.

The Lady Crusaders' pitchers didn't let that happen, firing a pair of shutouts -- including a no-hitter by junior Lenzie Boring in the 8-0 opener -- to end MVC's season. Sophomore Katelyn Tolle and senior Kaitlyn Hasty combined on a two-hitter to give Evangel a 1-0 victory in the finale.

Other than a lead-off walk in the sixth, Boring didn't allow a baserunner. The Lady Crusaders took the lead on junior Danielle Luebke's two-run double in the fourth and put the game away with six runs in the sixth, two coming in on senior Samantha Clowdus' fifth homer of the season.

Senior Janie Jungermann kept the Lady Vikings in contention in the second game, scattering seven hits. However, senior Kasey Spencer smashed a solo shot in the top of the sixth and Valley was unable to break through during its final two at-bats.

Freshman Julianna Talancon and junior Jennifer Palmatory both singles for the lone Lady Viking hits of the day.

Evangel (33-11) will take part in the four-team, double-elimination league tourney, starting Friday at Overland Park, Kan.

Valley (16-22) closed a campaign which saw it win four more games and lose three fewer than a year ago.



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