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.
We’d like to take a moment to honor and recognize our three sophomores: Audrea Allen, Kelsi Broyles, and Jordyn Tieman.
Audrea Allen is from Kansas City, MO and graduated a semester early from Park Hill HS to join the Monarchs. She is majoring in criminal justice and her short term goal is to work at the fire station, then move to Alaska and become a police officer.
Audrea playes OF and pitches for the Monarchs. As a freshman, Audrea hit .279 with two home runs, six doubles, and 11 RBI’s. This season Audrea has started 28 games and is hitting .250 with three home runs, 16 RBI’s, and two doubles. On the mound she is 4-8 with 38 strikeouts in 59 innings pitched.
Kelsi Broyles is from Independence, MO and graduated from Truman High School. She will graduate with her associate’s degree in nursing in May.
Kelsi is a pitcher and first baseman for the Monarchs. As a freshman, Kelsi hit .208 with two doubles and five RBI’s. This season, Kelsi has played in 27 games and is hitting .333 with one home run and 10 RBI’s. On the mound Kelsi has a 6-9 record.
Jordyn Tieman is from Grain Valley and went to Grain Valley High School, where she graduated a semester early to join the Monarchs. Jordyn plans on attending Northwest Missouri State University in the fall to complete her bachelor’s degree. Her goal is to become an elementary school teacher.
Jordyn is a pitcher and first baseman for the Monarchs. This season Jordyn has played in 24 games and is hitting .214 with 11 RBI’s and two doubles. On the mound, she has pitched 73 innings and has 36 strikeouts.
Thank you Audrea, Kelsi, and Jordyn for your leadership and commitment to Maple Woods and our softball program.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month nationwide, and the Monarchs showed their support by wearing pink in fall game against Avila University.
When the Monarchs gather at MCC-Maple Woods for practice this semester, it will be with a new head coach at the helm: Kary Kankey, who was previously an assistant coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University, will take over the head coaching duties.
Kankey brings more than 14 years of head coaching experience at the college level, as well as playing and team management experience. She was previously the head coach at Defiance College in Ohio and Norfolk State University in Virginia before relocating to the Liberty area with her husband.