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July 11, 2013

Creek Notches Victory as Missouri Sweeps Illinois Softball All-Stars

The Missouri All-Stars took two games from their Illinois counterparts o Saturday in Quincy, IL. The Missouri roster included: Courtney Baalman, First base, Canton; Brianne Caldwell, Outfielder, Palmyra; Lauren Caldwell, Shortstop, South Shelby; Bailey Couch, Catcher, Knox County; Olivia Crager, First base, Monroe City; Megan Creek, Pitcher/Infielder, Scotland County; Tegan Garner, Pitcher, Monroe City; Devin Gudehus, Shortstop, Knox County; Kelsey Henderson, First base, Louisiana; Mackenzie Hustead, Outfielder, Knox County; Ashton Reitz, Pitcher/Outfielder, North Shelby; Carly Spalding, Shortstop, Monroe City; Liz Stansberry, Shortstop/Pitcher, Palmyra; Hannah Trump, Catcher, Clark County; Alexis Van Nostrand, Catcher, Palmyra; and Gabby York, Catcher, Hannibal.

It took a furious late-inning rally, but the all-star team from Missouri made a winner out of Scotland County R-I standout Megan Creek in the opener of the double-header all-star softball contest pitting the best from northeast Missouri versus their Illinois counterparts.

Creek, who is Canton bound in the fall to play softball for Culver-Stockton College, pitched a complete game for the Show-Me Staters in the first game of the twin bill played Saturday, July 6th at Harry Phillips Field in Quincy, IL.

The SCR-I graduate surrendered 14 hits in her seven innings of work. Only five of the seven runs attributed to her were earned. She walked one and struck out six.

Missouri looked destined for defeat after a pair of errors in the fourth inning allowed Illinois to build a 7-2 advantage, erasing an early 2-0 Missouri lead.

But Creek's teammates battled back with a three-run fifth inning fueled by triples by Alexis Van Nostrand of Palmyra and Clark County's Hannah Trump.

Missouri tied the game at 7-7 on a two-run single by Monroe City's Carly Spalding. Trump concluded the rally with an RBI single to make it 8-7.

Creek closed out the game in style, striking out the side in the seventh inning to pick up the victory.

Missouri made it a clean sweep with a 5-4 victory in the nightcap.

Tegan Garner of Monroe City notched the win, going the distance, allowing 10 hits and just two earned runs in seven innings of work.

Missouri took control of the game with a four-run second inning. The lead was 5-0 until Illinois broke through for three runs in the bottom of the fifth. A lone run in the seventh was not enough to avoid the Missouri sweep.

Van Nostrand was the star on offense again for the Missouri squad, going 3-4 at the plate. Her six hits on the day tied the record for the most in the game's 10-year history.

Creek scored a run as a courtesy runner in the second contest and was 0-1 at the plate as a pinch hitter.

With the two victories, Missouri extended its advantage over Illinois to 12-8 in the series' history.

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