Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Winfield Ends Duchesne Run: `Sure Was Fun'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Winfield Ends Duchesne Run: `Sure Was Fun'

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The Duchesne High girls softball team enjoyed quite a ride this week in Class 3A District 2 play. Unfortunatley, it ended Wednesday.

The Lady Pioneers, the tournament's fifth seed, were defeated 10-2 by second-seeded Winfield in the title game at Kiwanis Park Wednesday. Winfield (13-3) advances to play Lutheran South in sectionals Saturday at the Fountain Lake Softball Complex in Bellefontaine Neighbors.

"It sure was fun while it lasted," Duchesne coach Stan Westhoff said of his team's unlikely run in districts, which included a 9-8 victory over fourth-seeded Rosary and a 2-1 eight-inning victory over top-seeded Incarnate Word Academy Tuesday. "But Winfield's a very good team. (Pitcher Sally Henry) is probably the quickest pitcher we've seen all season and they have a team with a lot of experience. We played hard and the girls gave it all they had, but we were a little overmatched today." Winfield finished third in Class 2A-3A a year ago. The Lady Pioneers (4-12) hung tough early, but Winfield eventually pulled away. The Warriors scored the game's first run in the third; with two outs, Henry singled, stole second and scored on a Duchesne error. Another Duchesne error in the fourth opened the way for a two-run inning. After Heather Hoelting reached on an error, Katie Rolf blooped a one-out single to right, putting runners at first and third. One run scored on a Kelly Gronewald grounder; the other came on a Katie Sommer base hit. Duchesne, which didn't have a baserunner through the first 3 2/3 innings, took advantage of a Warrior error with two outs in the fourth. After Winfield couldn't come up with Alicia Weber's hard-hit grounder, Dana Rufkahr singled to right. Both runners moved up when the ball was bobbled in right field. Annie Wayland followed with a two-run single down the right-field line. "There was no way we were going to pull the ball today against Sally," Westhoff said. "We told the girls to shorten up and take the ball the other way and that's exactly what Annie did." Wayland, a sophomore second baseman, added a one-out double to right in the seventh, but that was all the Lady Pioneers could muster against Henry, who struck out eight and allowed just three hits. …

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