Reigning Champ Marceline Softball Opposes Final Four First-Timer Eugene

Reigning state champ Marceline will oppose Final Four first-timer Eugene in the Class 2 softball semifinals Friday. Marceline reached its third Final Four in four years with a come-from-behind 6-3 win over Elsberry in the quarterfinals. Coach Todd Lowther…

Two home runs in the game marked 38 for the season to break the program record set last year. Ireland Bloss has already broken her own single-season school record with nine home runs, Ella Lowe has eight and Addison Huber has seven. Lowther says repeating as state champions will require his 25-5 Lady Tigers to be present in each moment.

Eugene is 18-12 and coach Mark Richard says the Lady Eagles got hot at the right time.

Eugene shutout Kelly 5-0 in the quarterfinals following a 12-10 eight-inning win over Iberia to earn its first district title since 2005. The Lady Eagles’ regular season schedule featured seven eventual district champions and two state semifinalists. Richard says the South Callaway Tournament was his team’s turning point.

You can hear the Class 2 semifinal between Marceline and Eugene Friday on KRES with pregame starting at 10:45. Austin Ward and Colin Schowe will have the call.