SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Knox County softball team was understandably disappointed to not reach the state championship game. The players were still thrilled to make history Friday night. Following a 5-3 loss to Salisbury in the Class 1 semifinals, Knox Coun
The first time Zach Short said the phrase, 'Hit bombs,' the Knox County softball players didn't know what to think. "We just kind of laughed at him," senior pitcher Katie Hamlin said. That's what Short wanted. The first-year coach wanted to develop a camaraderie with the players in the early part of the season. He used that same philosophy as a high school baseball player at Hamilton, Ill., when he dug into the batter's box. He wanted to stick to that even at the expense of being laughed at.
A capsule look at the teams competing in the Class 1 state softball tournament this weekend at the Killian Softball Complex in Springfield, Mo. Knox County Record: 18-4-1 Last state tournament appearance: 2012 (finished fourth) How it got there: Won Dist
BROOKFIELD, Mo. -- The Meadville softball team tried to limit the damage Knox County's Katie Hamlin could do by intentionally walking her in the first inning. That didn't go as planned when Tadym Mason followed with a three-run homer. Hamlin went on to thr
EWING, Mo. -- The Highland softball team appeared poised to make a late-inning rally. An unlucky play ended the threat. After Highland's Gabby Brown, the ninth hitter in the lineup, doubled to lead off the top of the sixth inning, and Carli Scifres...
LA PLATA, Mo. -- Zach Short wondered if he had taken the wrong approach to getting the Knox County softball team to refocus. La Plata was in the middle of a rally in which Knox County's six-run lead dwindled to one going to the bottom of the fifth inning.
EWING, Mo. -- The expectations were high for the Highland softball team entering this season. Six starters were back from last season's 17-10 team, including the club's leading hitter and pitcher. None of those expectations included the Cougars starting th
CANTON, Mo. -- How close was the Canton softball team from tying Saturday's Class 1 District 9 championship game in the bottom of the seventh inning? Knox County coach Zach Short said less than a foot. With one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Cant
PALMYRA, Mo. -- Highland softball coach Paul Scifres wanted his team to be the aggressor Saturday afternoon. "We've had some postseason games where it's been quiet, and you look up, it's the fifth inning and it's 0-0," Scifres said. "We definitely wanted t
Bailee Hays hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Monroe City softball team to a 5-4 victory over Palmyra in the Class 2 District 6 semifinals Thursday night in Palmyra, Mo. Monroe City will play Highland in Saturday's titl