INA — The Nashville Hornettes won last year's state championship behind then-freshman pitcher Maci Ingram. It's fitting that the Teutopolis Lady Shoes, stacked with freshman standouts like Kadi and Anni Borries and Allison Apke, were looking to knock off Ingram and Nashville to keep their state dreams alive. But the Shoes found out how hard that road can be, as Ingram dominated Teutopolis' potent offensive attack, striking out 16 in a no-hitter as Nashville beat Teutopolis 3-0 and eliminated the Shoes."She's a pretty special pitcher," said Teutopolis coach Rich Niebrugge. "There's not many people who can say they won the state championship as a freshman. Her riseball was popping, it had some late movement on it and she mixed in offspeed pitches to keep the girls off balance. "I've got some pretty solid hitters, so for her to go through and mow through our lineup like that, that's a pretty special pitcher."Teutopolis had just one baserunner on the day, as Chelsey Hardiek broke up Ingram's perfect game with a leadoff walk in the sixth inning. The Wooden Shoes' margin of error was razor slim with Ingram on the mound, and they found themselves in a hole early when Kadi Borries surrendered a homer to Hannah Yung to lead off the second inning. "The home run, she made a good pitch, it was low and out and the girl just made a good swing," Niebrugge said. "I didn't fault Kadi one iota for that pitch."Down 1-0, Borries kept up her end of the bargain until the fifth inning. Jordi Harre reach on an Apke error at third, and after walking Nashville star Shaye Harre with two outs, Borries had a chance to get out of the inning. But Brian Winchester, who was 0-for-2 to that point, came through big with an RBI single to right field. Right fielder Tara Stephens attempted to throw out Shaye at third, but her throw went wide, allowing the Hornettes to get another run. Things could have been worse, as Yung was hit by a pitch and Nellie Snead singled up the middle. But center fielder Julie Went came up throwing, and fired a strike to Anni Borries behind the plate, who tagged out Winchester to keep the score at 3-0.Now facing a 3-0 deficit, the Shoes scrapped against Ingram, but couldn't come through with any offense. After Hardiek's walk, Ingram struck out Danielle Repking, Wente and Kadi Borries in order to wipe out the runner.Ingram opened the seventh with her 16th and final strikeout, and got a pair of groundouts to end the game and the Shoes' season. Niebrugge said he knew Ingram would be tough, but never gave up his belief that his Shoes could come back. "I thought the girls would come around and start picking her up," he said. "In no way did I think this game was over."Repking was the lone Shoe to hit a ball out of the infield, flying out to center in the third inning. Borries allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out six on the day. She surrended three walks, all to Shay Harre, who entered the day with a batting average over .600 and an on-base percentage over .700.""I didn't fault Kadi one iota for that pitch," Niebrugge said. "I thought Kadi did a fantastic job today. Those two runs, I'd like to think they shouldn't have happened."The Shoes (20-4) have a great foundation to build on with Repking, Apke and the Borries all finishing their freshman seasons, but they saw Monday"We got a lot of girls who get a lot of softball in over the year," Niebrugge said. "If we want to get to the point next year where we're celebrating, a lot of it's going to come from how hard we work this offseason. These girls don't win state by having girls pick the ball up in March and put it down in May."Nashville advances to the 2A softball semifinals where they will face top-ranked Kankakee McNamara Friday.
Teutopolis 000 000 0 0 0 3Nashville 010 020 X 3 7 0WP - Ingram LP - K. Borries
Teutopolis: Hardiek (0-2, BB)