Three Monarchs softball players, Bailey Guiles, Autumn Hughes, and Amy Spieler, recently signed Letter of Intents to continue their education and softball career after they finish at MCC-Maple Woods.
The Maple Woods softball team finished up the 2015 campaign with a strong showing
at the Region 16 Tournament. Going into the tournament as the fifth seed out of six
seeds, the Monarchs defeated 4-seed North Central Missouri College 4-1, feel to 1-seed
and eventual champion Jefferson College 5-1, then defeated sixth seed St. Charles
College before falling to NCMO 7-3 to finish 2-2 in the tournament.
Highlights of the season include four walk-off wins, including their first win of the season against Region 16 rival Crowder College. Anna McFadden’s base hit up the middle scored Audrea Allen with the winning run with one out in the seventh inning to cement the Monarchs’ comeback with a 5-4 win.
The Monarchs’ also recorded walk-off wins in back to back games against Kansas City
Community College. In Game 1, Autumn Hughes scored the winning run with two outs when Chelsea Long was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. In Game 2 of the double-header, Kelsi Broyles slammed a seventh inning 2-run home run to send the Monarchs to their first win of
the doubleheader 9-8. The fourth walk-off win came against Region 16 rival NCMO,
when Bailey Guiles scored on a misplayed ground ball hit by Alyson Klint.
The biggest non-Region 16 win came against then #5 NJCAA Division II ranked Highland College, a 5-2 win. Jordyn Tieman picked up the win and Audrea Allen blasted a homerun to pace the Monarchs.
The Monarchs finished the season 14-26 (6-14 Region 16), doubling their win total from the 2014. The Monarchs must replace their entire pitching staff for 2015, as Audrea Allen, Kelsi Broyles, and Jordyn Tieman all are out of eligibility.
Ten players return for 2016, including four of the top five hitters on the team: first baseman Amy Spieler; first team Region 16 shortstop Chelsea Long; centerfielder Bailey Guiles; and third baseman Autumn Hughes.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month nationwide, and the Monarchs showed their support by wearing pink in fall game against Avila University.