Linn wins shootout against New Bloomfield for softball district title

MOKANE -- The Linn Lady Wildcats won a shootout.

In a game that featured 27 runs scored and 31 hits, Linn outlasted the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats for a 15-12 victory Tuesday in the Class 2 District 3 Tournament softball championship game at South Callaway High School.

Top-seeded Linn (22-6), which won its first district title since 2019, will host the Elsberry Lady Indians in the Class 2 state quarterfinals Saturday. Game time has not been announced.

Elsberry (20-4-1) won the District 4 Tournament on Tuesday with a 13-1 win against Louisiana.

New Bloomfield scored five runs in the top of the first inning. Linn answered with five runs in the bottom half of the first.

Linn took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second. New Bloomfield answered with three runs in the top of the third.

However, Linn took the lead for good in the bottom of the third with a run that scored on an error, then added four runs in the fourth to build a 13-8 advantage.

New Bloomfield scored two runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh, bringing the tying run to the plate. But Linn stranded two runners on base, ending the game with a groundout to the shortstop.

Ava Warren had four hits -- three singles and a double -- to lead Linn. She drove in two runs and scored three times.

Sophia Voss and Hannah Hackmann each went 3-for-5 with three RBI. Voss had two doubles and a triple, while Hackmann had two singles and a double.

Emma Monnette added two singles and two RBI for Linn, while Kenzy Hackmann and Katlyn Starke each had two hits.

Voss pitched all seven innings for Linn, finishing with six walks and five strikeouts.

Myah Briggs hit a pair of home runs to lead the New Bloomfield offense. She started the scoring with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning, then added a two-run blast in the fifth to make the score 13-10.

Briggs finished 3-for-5 at the plate with five RBI and three runs scored.

Peityn Thomas had three hits and two RBI, while Bella Talbot had two hits -- including a triple -- and two RBI. Avarie Edwards added two hits and Emma Powell drove in two runs.

Edwards pitched all six innings for New Bloomfield, walking six batters without a strikeout.

New Bloomfield, the No. 2 seed in the district, ends its season with a 19-11 record.

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