Wellington knocks Lady 'Hounds out of playoffs
SWEET SPRINGS -- The Wellington-Napoleon softball team made a lie of the bromide than it's hard to beat a good team three times in a season.
With freshman Ayden Shannon tossing a one-hit shutout, the Lady Tigers made it look easy to close out a clean sweep of Sweet Springs during the season series Monday with a 7-0 victory. It was the fourth year in a row that the Lady Greyhounds had won a district title, but again was denied a berth in the MSHSAA final four.
Shannon was brilliant, striking out six batters and allowing only one runner on base. Freshman Jaelyn Winfrey got Sweet Springs' lone hit with a one-out single in the fifth inning, but she was caught stealing by freshman Bree Shannon.
Wellington scored two runs in the top of the first inning when a lead-off error and sophomore Madi Bolten's single set up Bree Shannon's two-run double. Ayden Shannon stroked an RBI single in the second and junior Emmie Bates singled and scored on junior Shelby Holliday's double in the third.
The Lady Tigers tacked on three more runs in the seventh, Bolten driving in the first one with a double and coming around on Bates' two-run homer.
Wellington-Napoleon (24-2) will be at home Thursday for a quarterfinal clash against Lincoln.
The Lady 'Hounds (23-4) saw the end to one of their finest seasons, beating three of five district champions and two of four state quarterfinalists they met -- but seeing their bid for a fourth straight I-70 Conference Tournament championship scotched by Wellington.
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