The Salem High School softball team went 4-2 last week, capturing two home games and splitting four outings in the Linn Tournament.
The tournament was held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5. Friday the Lady Tigers saw their 12-game winning streak snapped, falling to Russellville 8-1. Saturday Salem lost to Calvary Lutheran 4-1 and then rebounded for wins over Capital City 6-5 and host Linn 13-3.
Thursday, Oct. 3 Salem toppled Owensville 12-6 at home and knocked off Willow Springs 11-1 Oct. 1 in Salem.
Last week’s results left Salem with an 18-4 record.
This week Salem was slated to play a pair of Four Rivers Conference teams on the road, at St. Clair Monday and at Union Thursday (4:30 p.m.).
Salem has been seeded third for the Missouri Class 3 District 10 Tournament, to be held Oct. 16-19 in Bolivar.
Host Bolivar (17-6 record entering this week) is the top seed while School of the Osage (10-11) is seeded No. 2, Salem (18-4) No. 3, Buffalo (4-12) No. 4 and St. James (4-14) No. 5.
In the first-round game Buffalo was to play St. James at 5 p.m. Oct. 16.
In the semifinals Oct. 17 Bolivar is to play the St. James-Buffalo winner at 4 p.m. while Salem takes on Osage at 6 p.m.
The District 10 title game is slated for noon Oct. 19.
The District 10 champion will meet the District 9 champ Oct. 23 in sectional playoff competition. Schools in District 9 include Blair Oaks, Capital City, Eldon, Fulton, Jefferson City Helias and Southern Boone.
The sectional survivor moves on to quarterfinal action Oct. 26.
In last week’s results:
Russellville 8, Salem 1
Russellville took the lead early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning and two more in the second. The Lady Tigers fell behind 8-0 in the fifth inning. Salem scored its lone run in the sixth.
Sophomore Chloe Bonner and junior Tatum Hatridge each had a double and freshman Savannah Manthey a single while senior Nina Howard scored the run for Salem.
Senior Addie Konkel went the distance for the Lady Tigers, allowing five earned runs on 13 hits and three walks. The Lady Tigers committed three errors.
Calvary Lutheran 4, Salem 1
Again, the Lady Tigers got off to a slow start, as Calvary Lutheran tallied three runs in the bottom of the first inning and led the rest of the way. Salem trimmed its deficit to 3-1 in the top of the second but was held scoreless after that. Calvary Lutheran plated the final run in the fourth frame.
Howard had two hits while Hatridge had an RBI single and sophomore Denise Stoner, Bonner and freshman Ashton Bowers also had hits.
Konkel allowed three earned runs on nine hits and a walk over six innings.
Salem 6, Capital City 5
The Lady Tigers staged a late rally to win. Down 4-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Salem scored two runs in the sixth to cut its deficit to 4-3. After Capital City scored another run in the top of the seventh, Salem won it with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh sophomore Andrea Bray started the inning off with a pinch-hit single to get the Lady Tigers going. The game ended when Stoner delivered the game-winning hit.
Bonner had a double and three RBI while Stoner had two hits, a run and RBI; Manthey two hits and a run; Howard had a hit and scored twice, and Bray had a hit.
Konkel allowed five earned runs over seven innings on 12 hits and one walk, fanning four.
Salem 13, Linn 3
This time it was the Lady Tigers who came out fast, scoring a run in the top of the first and gaining the lead for good with four in the second. Linn cut its deficit with three runs in the bottom of the third. However, Salem pulled away with three runs in the fourth inning, one in each of the fifth and sixth and three more in the seventh.
Bonner clubbed a three-run homer, single, scored twice and drove in five runs for the winners while Howard was 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI; Stoner had a hit, four runs scored and RBI; Bowers had two hits, a run and RBI; Manthey had a hit and RBI, and Konkel had a hit.
Konkel allowed three earned runs on 10 hits and no walks over seven innings.
Salem 12, Owensville 6
Salem had to come from behind for the victory.
The host Lady Tigers immediately took the lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Owensville got a run in the top of the second inning and took a 4-3 advantage with three runs in the third.
The Dutchgirls upped their lead to 6-3 with two more runs in the fourth.
Salem tied things up with three runs in the bottom of the fourth and took the lead for good with five more in the fifth. The Lady Tigers ended the scoring with a run in the sixth.
Salem would outhit Owensville 15-12.
Stoner and Howard had huge games at the top of the Salem battling lineup. Leadoff hitter Stoner was 4-for-4 with a triple, double, three runs scored and RBI while No. 2 hitter Howard had a double, two singles, two runs and five RBI.
Also for the Lady Tigers, junior Reggie Parks had a pair of doubles and three RBI; Manthey had a double and single; Konkel had a hit and RBI, and Hatridge had a hit and scored two runs.
Konkel was the winning pitcher, allowing five earned runs over seven innings on 12 hits and one walk while striking out four.
Salem 11, Willow Springs 1
Willow Springs took the early lead with a run in the top of the first inning.
It was all Salem the rest of the way, as the Lady Tigers plated two runs in the bottom of the second inning and pulled away with seven runs in the fourth. Salem added two runs in the fifth, after which the game was stopped on the run rule.
Parks had a double, single and run scored for Salem; senior Anna McDaniel a bases-loaded double and five RBI; Bonner had a hit, RBI and scored twice; Howard and Manthey a hit, run and RBI each, and Hatridge had a hit and RBI.
Konkel got the win, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk while fanning seven.