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Archers Fall Short in Region XVI title Game; Seven Earn Postseason Honors

April 30, 2012

Tory Ellis  
Sophomore Tory Ellis was the top vote-getter for the All-
Region XVI first team.

The St. Louis Community College softball relied all year on the sophomore tandem of Dani Whitehead (Incarnate Word Academy) and Samantha Deen (Affton) in the pitcher's circle. Last weekend, the Archers nearly pitched their way to a Region XVI championship.

East Central College took the title after eking out a 1-0 battle that remained scoreless into the sixth inning. Three hits and a walk provided the only run of the game.

After dropping a first-round game to third-seeded East Central, second-seeded STLCC responded with a 10-2 drubbing of Cottey College, whom the Archers dominated all season, to stay alive. The Archers then knocked off top-seeded Mineral Area College 4-1 to advance to the tournament's championship game, and a rematch against East Central.

Despite the first-round loss, STLCC entered the game with a 3-2 record against the Falcons in 2012, and had averaged more than five runs per game in the two teams' five meetings.

But for the first time this year against East Central and just the fourth time overall, the Archers were shut out in the championship game. Despite the loss, the Archers' late-season title run and winning record yielded an impressive All-Region XVI haul.

Seven STLCC players received all-region honors, including six first-team selections and the top vote-getter.

Sophomore second baseman Tory Ellis' robust offensive year helped her to receive more votes than any other Region XVI player. Ellis (Fox), who is an NJCAA All-America candidate, earned her first-team All-Region XVI honors by batting .318 with a team-best 34 RBI and 36 runs scored. Ellis was a feared power presence in the middle of the Archers order, blasting 11 of the team's 20 home runs.

Ellis was joined on the Region XVI first team by sophomore Jennifer Ridenhour (Ritenour), who batted .310 and scored 27 runs; freshman Jessica Neider (Lindbergh), who batted .274 and scored 30 runs; sophomore Kelley Bridgmon (Seckman), who hit .328 and had 30 RBI; and pitchers Deen and Whitehead, who combined for all 26 Archers victories and nearly 300 innings in the circle. Freshman infielder Taylor Mosier (Affton) was an all-region honorable mention.

Head coach Wayne Bryan's Archers completed their first year as a district-wide program with a 26-23 record.

STLCC softball team sophomores  
Archer sophomores are, from left, Kelley Bridgmon, Desiree Toth, Samantha Deen, Jennifer Ridenhour and Dani Whitehead. Bridgmon, Deen, Ridenhour and Whitehead were named to the All-Region XVI first team after the Archers lost in the Region XVI title game.