West County Softball Wins 1st District Title Since 2018

(Frankclay) What would’ve made a great softball game in Springfield instead played out in Marble Hill at Woodland High School.

State-ranked West County captured the Class 2 District 2 title by defeating state-ranked, conference foe Ste. Genevieve 12-5 on Tuesday. It’s the Bulldogs’ first district championship since 2018.

Ste. Genevieve won the regular season matchup 5-2 on April 5th, however, West County won the conference championship over the Dragons 5-0 to go with their district championship. Bulldogs coach C.J. Wright gave his credit to the Dragons.

Senior Gracie Wright tossed seven innings, struck out 10 batters, walked three and gave up eight hits.

The Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single from sophomore Chloe Staffen. Wright was pretty confident that wouldn’t be the only run scored in the game.

The Bulldogs evened up the score in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from senior Reese Smith. The game remained tied until the bottom of the third when sophomore Grace Barton hit a two-out grand slam to put West County up 5-1.

Ste. Gen picked up three runs in the top of the fourth to make it a one-run ballgame, but that’s the closest the game would get. Six different players recorded an RBI for West County. Barton led the team with six RBI of her own.

Wright isn’t surprised how far this team has gotten.

West County improves to 22-3. They’ll head south to take on the 17-10 Malden Green Wave Tuesday afternoon at 4:30. Malden have won eight of their last nine games.

West County were state runner-ups in 2015 and came in fourth place in 2016.
Ste. Genevieve ends their season with a school record 18 wins to go with seven losses.