SPRINGFIELD, Mo--In a run-rule rematch from April 11th, the 19-4 Fair Grove Eagles tried to exact their revenge against the 35-1 Mountaineers to advance to the Class 2 state championship. Fair Grove jumped on the scoreboard in top of the first with a pair of runs. The first came on this brilliant double steal plating Brooke Daniels followed by a sacrifice fly. The Eagles defense flashed their talons in the bottom of the second. Jaelah McDannald induced a twin killing, inning ending 1-6-3 double play. But in the bottom of the third, the Mountaineers offense couldn't be stopped. Rae Downing recorded her eighth triple of the season to put Mt. Vernon in front, 3-2. A few batters later, Hali Stokes hit a bleeder through the left side of the infield, bringing home Cheyenne Bieber to make it 5-2. In total, the Mountaineers batted around the order twice, scoring 13 runs, eight of them coming with two outs. Mt. Vernon run-ruled Fair Grove for the second straight meeting, winning 13-2 in five innings. "Well we've seen their pitcher before and one thing that I've seen us grow really well in actually was us laying off the high pitches. I didn't see us chase a single one of those and that's been a really bad habit all season long. We've been put in situations, in game situations like this before, so this isn't anything new to us we just know how to keep pushing and keep focused and we jsut can't listen to anythign out there because it was really crazy out in the stands for sure," said Mt. Vernon outfielder Allyson Burk. "We know that we can score runs and that hasn't been a problem all year. So, we know as long as we have an at bat or two left then we won't panic. Our girls continue to do the things that we ask them to do. Which is look for a certain pitch in a certain area until you get two strikes, and once you get two strikes you just shorten up and try to hit it back at the pitcher and our girls did a great job of that that inning," said Mt. Vernon coach Matt Schubert. Mt. Vernon will play for their first state title since 2016, Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Chris Pinson, ozarks first.
Mt. Vernon run-rules Fair Grove in Class 2 Softball State Semifinal
by: Chris Pinson