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STLCC Falls to East Central in Region XVI Final

April 28, 2013

Tori Ellis  
Tory Ellis was part of a productive sophomore class for
the Archers this season.

St. Louis Community College’s softball team saw its postseason run reach its conclusion Sunday in a 12-2 loss to East Central College in the Region XVI championship game.

The third-seeded Archers reached the title game by defeating second-seeded Mineral Area College twice in the tournament. Ultimately, however, East Central quieted the Archers’ bats with a run of dominant pitching in the tournament. In their two games against East Central, STLCC was held to just two runs.

“It’s all about pitching,” Archers first-year head coach Glen Ellis said. “East Central really has it, and they held us down. By that (championship) game, we just didn’t have the pitching to match East Central.”

As for Ellis, the Archers’ skipper guided STLCC to within a win of a regional title, a run that becomes particularly noteworthy in light of the team’s struggles mid-season. Mired in a mid-season slump, 10 games below .500, the Archers mounted a late-season rush that saw the team win five of eight leading up to the regional tournament. Despite losing a productive sophomore class, particularly offensively, Ellis remains encouraged by the experience for his younger crop of players.

Among the promising young players are freshman pitchers Nicole Willie (Oakville) and Katie Harper (Kirkwood). Willie carried the load in the circle for the Archers throughout the regional tournament, an experience that will likely serve both her and STLCC well entering 2014.

“It really helped the freshmen to see the whole experience,” Ellis said. “I think they really grew a lot and know what to expect. It’s going to be a real plus.”