(photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
Essner threw the first three frames, allowing two walks with six strikeouts. Collins pitched the final two, recording one strikeout.
"Kelly is a really good team," said Oran coach Travis Spane. "Their pitching was a lot different from what we've seen all year. They come out, blow the ball by people and throw strikes."
Kelly plated the 10 runs on nine hits. Allison Johnson and Kelly Essner were both 2-for-2. Monica Senciboy, Collins, Dana Essner, Christy Kluesner and Sara Essner also had hits. Oran's Jamie Pobst was charged with the loss. She gave up four earned runs on nine hits and two walks. She finished with two strikeouts.
"Jamie threw a good game for us, I couldn't ask for anything more," said Spane. "We had a few errors that cost us six runs. You're not going to be able to do that against Kelly or any other team around here and still win. Hopefully we play better defense the rest of the week and hit the ball better."
Oran (6-2-1) will travel to NMCC today at 4 p.m. Kelly (12-0) will travel to Advance on Thursday.
NEW MADRID -- New Madrid County Central's softball team remained undefeated on the season, beating Blytheville, Ark., in both ends of a doubleheader on Monday.
The Lady Eagles won the first game 5-1 and the second 17-0. Blytheville, who had played 34 games entering the doubledip, finished with seven hits in the two games.
"(Blytheville) has a good team," said NMCC coach Steve Rogers. "When you play that many games, you've seen a lot of different pitchers and situations. They had seven hits in two games, which is normally more than what we're used to giving up. We had to field some balls and make some plays. It was a good ballgame for us."
In the first game, freshman pitcher Karrah Tanner picked up the win, allowing one run on five hits and two walks. She finished with three strikeouts, improving her personal record to 7-0.
The Lady Eagles plated the five runs on six hits from Christine Jones, Heather Robey, Morgan Hodges, Abby Sexton, Renita Hamilton and Ashley Brittain.
Blytheville's Erica Nunnelly was charged with the loss.
In the second game, staff ace Heather Robey allowed her second and third hits of the season but still managed to dominate the Lady Chickasaws, 17-0.
In four innings of work, Robey (9-0) allowed two hits and one walk with 10 Ks.
At the plate, NMCC pounded out 11 hits. Robey, Heather Redd, Laura Carter and Sarah Fowler all finished with two hits. Ashley Gantner, Jones and Hodges each contributed one.
Blytheville's Alexander took the loss. Alexander and Williams had the team's two hits.
"Everybody got in and the girls played hard," said Rogers. "It was a real good test for us. I'm glad we got the two wins."
NMCC (17-0) will host Oran today at 4 p.m.
CHAFFEE -- Chaffee's softball team added two more wins to its record on Monday, sweeping Charleston in a doubleheader. The Lady Devils won the first game 11-2 and the second 11-3.
Kate Pfefferkorn had a huge day, finishing 3-for-5 with seven stolen bases and four runs scored in the two games.
"Kate had an outstanding day," said Chaffee coach Mark Devenport. "We had several kids put together some really nice numbers. Between the two games, we stole 18 bases."
In the first game, Shannon Hampton picked up the win. In five innings of work, she allowed four hits with no walks and six strikeouts. At the plate, Mallory Kiefer was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Abby Walter was 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI. Other hits came from Hampton, Crystal Morgan, Ashley Graham and Chanda Wood.
Charleston's Dugan was charged with the loss. Medlock paced the Lady Bluejays' offense with two hits. Wallace and Dugan also had hits.
"I was real pleased with the first game in particular," said Devenport. "We did a real good job defensively and didn't have any errors."
In the second game, Abby Walter picked up the win. In five innings, she allowed two hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
Pfefferkorn paced the offense, batting 3-for-4 with four stolen bases.
Hampton was 2-for-4 with three steals and an RBI. Morgan was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Walter also had a hit.
Charleston's Worthy was charged with the loss. Mathis and Dugan had the team's two hits.
"In the second game, we kind of let up a little bit," said Devenport. "We scored six runs in the top of the first inning, then we kind of took the second and third innings off. The thing that really concerned me was that we made four innings in the field."
Chaffee (11-3) will travel to Leopold on Thursday at 4 p.m. Charleston (3-10) will travel to Advance today at 4 p.m.
ESSEX - Delta's Sara Cook tossed a no-hitter in the 16-0 win.
The Lady Bobcats led 13-0 after two innings of play. Delta added three more runs in the top of the fifth inning to win by the 10-run rule.
Richland falls to 2-6 on the season.