The reigning state champion Marceline Lady Tiger softball team will try to make their third Final Four in four years when they host Elsberry Thursday. Cassi Rodgers continues filling the ace role in the circle for head coach Todd Lowther.
Ireland Bloss has three postseason home runs and a team-high nine overall, breaking her own single-season school record, while Addison Huber and Ella Lowe each have seven. The 24-5 Lady Tigers have clubbed 36 home runs, one shy of the program record set last year.
In contrast, 26-3 Elsberry has just seven home runs as a team. Coach Levi Jacyna…
Mackenzie Gladney has five of those home runs. The team has stolen 95 bases and only been caught seven times. Addyson Steele is 21-2 with 229 strikeouts and a 1.37 ERA in 153 2/3 innings. This is the fourth straight year Elsberry has reached the state quarterfinals but the Lady Indians have come up short each time.
You can hear Elsberry at Marceline on KRES with pregame starting at 5:40. Austin Ward will have the call.