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Crocker Lady Lions win at softball sectional despite flu, lose quarterfinal
CROCKER, Mo. (Oct. 17, 2009 UPDATED 4:45 p.m.) — The Crocker Lady Lions softball team won the state sectional competition in Bolivar against Montrose by a score of 2 to 0 Friday night and advanced to quarterfinal competition Saturday in Jefferson City against the Clopton Lady Hawks at 3:30 p.m., but lost to Clopton by a score of 1 to 0.

Friday’s sectional victory happened despite a flu outbreak that closed classes for the last three days of the week and prevented the Crocker softball team from practicing.

Crocker R-II School Board President Don Mayhew, whose daughter is one of the softball players, said about two dozen fans travelled with the team to Bolivar, which had dry fields unlike St. Elizabeth where the state sectional was expected to be played.

“We would have had more people if we could have played at St. Elizabeth as was originally scheduled, but pretty much all the parents were there and we had a good crowd. We had a good group of students with boyfriends coming and all that,” Mayhew said. “The girls played a pretty good game against Montrose and came out ahead. It was a pretty chilly night, and we would have liked to see them do a little bit better but they got a ‘W’ and that’s what counts.”

Mayhew credited pitcher Katie Shockley, a junior, with the win.

“Katie Shockley pitched a heck of a game,” Mayhew said.

His daughter Nicky agreed.

“It feels good I like to be on the winning team,” she said. “She did a great job. She’s really an important part of our team.”

While the Crocker team was not able to practice because of flu, Mayhew said she didn’t believe that was a major problem for the team whose members took second place last year in state softball competition.

“We’re just able to be good without having to practice so much. We do practice a lot,” she said.

Don Mayhew said he’s kept in touch with school officials and believes there’s no reason the school can’t open Monday as scheduled after a three-day hiatus due to the flu.

“The reason we made the decision to cancel classes was to get ahead of the contagion so the students who had been exposed could work through their illness without infecting others. I am confident we did what we needed to do,” Mayhew said. “Our janitorial staff did an amazing job of trying to get the school ready for Monday. They spent the last couple of days working like little busy bees.”

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