Hailey Johnson, Amanda Davis and Payton Appleberry have won All-State honors in softball. [Read more...]
The Lady Tigers softball team finished fourth in the state. Hear what coach Mike Thorne had to say after a rough weekend in St. Joseph, and about his two graduating seniors, Hailey Johnson and Amanda Davis.
For the second day in a row, the Republic Lady Tigers struggled offensively, as they lost to Platte County 2-0 in the state third-place game. [Read more...]
Kirksville pitcher Jackie Bishop struck out 21 batters to lead Kirksville to a 1-0 win over Republic in 10 innings in the state semifinals. The winning run scored when the umpire ruled that Danielle Llewellen slid across the plate just ahead of a throw from second baseman Lakin Ramsey with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th.
Before that, both offenses had been shut out. Bishop struck out the side in each of the first six innings, and allowed only five baserunners in the game. Republic managed only two hits — both by Payton Appleberry — but never managed to get a runner past first base against Bishop, who still hasn’t given up an earned run all season.
Bishop’s performance overshadowed a great start by Republic’s Hailey Johnson, who held a powerful Kirksville lineup in check for 9 1/3 innings before giving up a run. Kirksville threatened several times, but Johnson pitched out of trouble when she had to. She left Kirksville runners stranded on third base in the second, the fourth, the fifth, and the seventh innings.
Republic will play Platte County in the third place game Saturday afternoon. Kirksville advances to play Cape Girardeau Notre Dame.
Here’s the game-winner by Hailey Johnson in the state quarterfinals.
Hailey Johnson slugged a grand slam with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Republic advanced to the state semifinals with a dramatic 4-2 win over Southern Boone County at Ash Grove Saturday. [Read more...]
The News-Leader had a long article about the Lady Tigers softball team today, as they prepare for their quarterfinal game against Southern Boone County.
After Haley Johnson tied the state record for home runs (13) and drove in the second most runs (54) in state history last season, opposing softball teams adjusted, prudently pitching around the Republic High School senior as much as possible this fall.
Trouble is, Republic adjusted too, moving Johnson up to the leadoff spot and putting a couple of capable run-producers –senior Amanda Davis and sophomore Payton Appleberry –behind her to make other teams pay for dealing free-passes to Johnson.
Go read the whole thing here. The Lady Tigers play today at 4 p.m. in Ash Grove.
Senior Amanda “Tater” Davis had never hit a home run before, at any level. Until Wednesday. With Republic leading Carl Junction by one run in the top of the 6th inning, Davis hit a grand slam to break open the game and propel the Lady Tigers to a 6-1 sectional victory. [Read more...]
Hailey Johnson struck out 11 and reached base four times to lead Republic. She doubled to lead off the first, and that led to an unearned run that scored when Rachael Michaelis reached on an error later in the inning. Johnson also doubled in the second, setting up RBI hits by Amanda Davis and Payton Appleberry. The Lady Tigers led 4-0 after two innings.
Both offenses were quiet until the bottom of the sixth, when Republic scored three more insurance runs. A walk to Johnson, a groundout by Davis, and another hit by Appleberry put runners on first and third. Michaelis and Logan Keck followed with RBI hits, to make the score 7-0.
The game got interesting in the top of the 7th, thanks to some shaky defense by the Lady Tigers. Three singles and two infield errors made the score 7-3, and Reeds Spring had runners on first and third before Johnson struck out cleanup hitter Shailyn Brown to end the game.
Johnson and Appleberry each had two hits for Republic. They’ll play in the sectionals–the round of 16–Wednesday evening at Bolivar.
The Republic softball team is one win away from another district title. Republic beat 4th-seeded Cassville 7-1 in the district semifinals Saturday. That sets up a district final against Reeds Spring Monday.
The Lady Tigers broke on top 1-0 in the first inning. Hailey Johnson walked, and Amanda Davis sacrificed courtesy runnger Logan Keck to second base. Keck scored on an RBI base hit by Payton Appleberry.
After Bolivar tied the game, Republic scored two more to retake the lead. Carlie Campbell scored on a throwing error by the Cassville catcher as she was trying to steal second base. Bre Hemphill walked and scored on a base hit by Hailey Johnson to make the score 3-1.
Hailey Johnson hit a home run in the bottom of the sixth, and the Lady Tigers scored three more runs to make the score 7-1, where it ended.
Republic will meet Reeds Spring in the final at Bolivar, Monday at 5 pm. The two teams met during the first week of the season, with Republic winning 7-3.
Second-seeded Reeds Spring advanced to the district final with a semifinal win over Bolivar.