Despite losing last nights State Quarterfinal game 7-6 to New Bloomfield, the Elsberry Lady Indians have proven to be a team that no one can take lightly.

For the third straight season, Elsberry was unable to get over that final hurdle to reach a spot in the final four. Something that no Elsberry softball team has ever accomplished. For that matter, until three years ago, no Elsberry softball team had ever even played in a quarterfinal game, now they have appeared in three straight.

Lady Indians

After riding a seven game winning streak to end the season, the Lady Indians rolled over their competition to capture a third straight district championship winning 15-0, 8-0 and 11-0. 

That set up a showdown with New Bloomfield on Wednesday night. Elsberry found themselves down early as New Bloomfield scored after a double and single in the first inning.

That lead didn't last long when Elsberry bounced back to score two runs in the bottom of the first. Mya Pflasterer singled, followed by a bunt from Katy Talbot who reached on an error. Pflasterer advanced to second then onto third after a ground out. Talbot also moved up on the ground out. Payton Robinson drove in both runs on a single to take a 2-1 lead.

Elsberry added a third run in the bottom of the third inning after a double off the bat of Talbot was followed by a single from Kelsey Pflasterer.

In the top of the fifth New Bloomfield took advantage of an error, a single, a triple and a homerun to move ahead 5-3

Once again the comeback kids answered in the bottom of the inning as Mya Pflasterer led off with a double, an advancement to third on a ground out and then scoring on a error off the bat of her sister Kelsey Pflasterer. Mackenzie Gladney followed with a single and then came around to score on a single by Ashlyn Jauvax to go back on top 6-5.

New Bloomfield was able to tie the score in the top of the sixth after a double, single and fielders choice. They then took the lead on a single.

New Bloomfield tightened up the final two innings allowing only one running to reach and retiring her on a double play to end the game.

Addyson Steele took the loss for the Lady Indians despite an impressive performance on the bump. She allowed seven runs on 10 hits, striking out six.