Softball wins school's 1st ever Sectional

DUBOIS - Wood Memorial won its first softball sectional championship Wednesday night with a 7-2 victory over Northeast Dubois in a class A sectional game.

Kenzie Tooley pitched a complete game for the Lady Trojans, who play North Daviess and the North Daviess regional Tuesday afternoon.

Tooley allowed five hits in leading Wood Memorial to victory.

Chloe Mowery was 4-for-4 at the play for the Lady Trojans including an RBI single (her first of two for the game) to put Wood Memorial on the board first in the top of the second inning.

Tooley helped her cause at the plate by hitting 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

“It was hard for me not to get too confident today because I knew we could do this,” said Wood Memorial head coach Fred Reel. “I knew they had it in them. They did everything exactly as we planned.”

Wood Memorial scored two quick runs in the second to take the early lead. Peyton Shoultz led off the inning with a single and advanced from first to third on the double from Tooley.

Mowery followed with an RBI single to put the Lady Trojans on top, 1-0. Later in the inning, Khloye Strickland grounded out with less than two outs allowing Tooley to score from third for a 2-0 lead.

Wood Memorial finished with 10 hits with all coming from the middle and bottom third of the team’s batting order.

“They’re done it all season,” said Reel. “We’ve got a nice little mix right now going on on the batting side.”

After a scoreless third, Wood Memorial added three more runs in the fourth to build a 5-0 advantage.

Tooley started it off with a one-out single and scored from first base on an RBI triple off the bat of Mowery for a 3-0 lead.

Gretchen Reel reached on an error and Mowery was temporarily stuck at third until Strickland’s single into right field plated Mowery for a 4-0 lead.

Then, Bridget Reel grounded out to short allowing Gretchen Reel to score the Lady Trojans’ fifth run of the game.

“A key for us tonight was getting an early lead,” said Reel. “I told them, ‘the more runs we score, the harder it’s going to be for them,’ and it was. I could see it.”

The Jeeps picked up their first hit off Tooley in the third as she had thrown three perfect innings to that point. Northeast Dubois’ leadoff hitter Brooklyn Dodd reached.

Dodd moved to third on a single to left from Mackenzie Zehr, who advanced to second on the throw into the infield.

It was the Jeeps’ best opportunity to score and get back into the game, but Tooley struck out three of the next four hitters (the other reaching on a walk) to keep the Jeeps scoreless to that point

“That’s the third time we’ve done that this year,” said Reel of his team allowing runnings to reach in scoring position, but not allowing a run to score.

NE Dubois finally pushed across a run in the fifth before Wood Memorial added two more in the sixth. The Jeeps scored one more run in the sixth, but it was as close as they’d get before Wood Memorial recorded the final out.

“The more we piled on, it gets hard,” said Reel. “I’ve been on the other side of it. It’s hard.”