West County Fulfills Coach’s Prophecy, Wins MAAA Tournament Championship
(Ste. Genevieve) Three seed West County won the MAAA tournament championship for the second straight year when they defeated top seed Ste. Genevieve Wednesday evening, 5-0. Gracie Wright broke the stalemate with a two-run home run in the 5th inning.
Wright says it took her a second to realize that she had hit her second homer of the season.
Wright went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and threw a complete game shutout in the circle. She struck out seven batters, walked one, gave up seven hits and hit two batters. Morgan Simily scored on a passed ball in the fifth, and Reese Smith provided a two-run bomb in the top of the seventh.
Smith went 3-for-3 at the plate with a walk and two RBI. Following a 5-2 loss at Ste. Genevieve on April 5th, their third loss in four games, West County coach CJ Wright told Regional Radio “I promise you, nobody wants to play us in the conference tournament.” West County won their three tournament games by a combined 21-0.
Alexis Hedgcorth went 2-for-4 at the dish. Jacy Tongay, Lacey Lamar and Natalee Womack each singled for the 15-3 Bulldogs.
For the 12-5 Dragons, Ava Huber went 4-for-4 in the leadoff position. Alyssa Beckerman and Hope Schmelzle each went 1-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch. Ava Greer threw a complete game, striking out 11, walking three batters and giving up five runs, four earned.
Interview with CJ Wright:
Interview with Gracie Wright:
Interview with Ste. Gen’s Becky Keim:
Full Game Audio: