Avery & A.J. Lead Lady Tigers to District Title Game

Avery Romans had a big game at the plate and in the circle, and A.J. Fenske walloped a mammoth home run to lift Republic to a six-inning, 11-1 win over Willard in the district semifinals Thursday. The Lady Tigers advance to play Webb City Friday in Republic at 5 pm.

Republic jumped ahead with five runs in the first inning, aided by two Willard errors. Kaitlyn Ragsdale led off with a single, stole second base, advanced to third on an error, and scored on a wild pitch. Megan Weis and Julia Higgins both walked, and Willard pitcher Cheyenne Terry almost worked out of trouble. But with two outs, Willard left fielder Sydney Schader dropped a fly ball from Megan Thorne, allowing two more runs to score. Romans followed that up with a single, and Riley Laub drilled a double to the fence in right field to score two more, making the score 5-0.

Republic scored a single run in the fourth inning, when Megan Weis hit a one-out triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Higgins.

After Willard scored an unearned run in the sixth, Republic ended the game with five more runs after two were out in the bottom of the inning. Higgins doubled (her 15th of the season) and Collier singled her home. Fenske followed that with a long home run over the center field fence to make the score 9-1. Thorne singled, Romans doubled, and Laub singled, making the score 11-1 and ending the game after six innings.

Romans had three base hits and didn’t allow an earned run. Willard didn’t get a base hit until there were two outs in the third inning. They managed only three hits for the entire game.

Weis scored twice, walked twice, and tripled. Fenske and Laub each had two base hits for Republic, who improved to 20-6.

The Lady Tigers advance to the district championship game, where they’ll play Webb City Friday, weather permitting. The Cardinals beat Carthage 9-0 in the other district semifinal.

If both the softball and football teams play Friday, Republic Tiger Sports will livestream the district championship softball game in its entirety, starting at 5 pm. We will record pre-game Senior Night ceremonies for football, and join the Republic/Carthage football game in progress at the completion of the softball game. (If softball is rained out, the district championship game is tentatively planned for Saturday at 11 am.)


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
Farr Better Plumbing – For residential, commercial, or emergency service, they’re your plumber in Republic.
Allstate Agent Jessy Pritchett – Ask about Drivewise, to help you drive safer and lower your cost.
VisionHealth Eye Center – Outstanding eye care. Exceptional eyewear!
Old Towne Event Center – The home of your next great event, right here in Republic.
Mid-Missouri Bank – Click to follow us on Facebook!
Kris Yocum – Republic’s State Farm Insurance Agent
Central Gas Propane – Locally owned, community involved. Call them at 725-3833.
Pinegar Chevrolet – Pick Pinegar every time!
Yocum Automotive -Republic’s home for complete auto service and computer diagnostics.
Farmers Insurance – The Nathan Dixon Agency has a game plan for all your insurance needs.
Republic Glass – Commercial, Residential, Auto – If it’s glass, see us!
Hines Street Pharmacy – Your locally owned neighborhood pharmacy.
Absolute Roofing – Click for info on Republic’s roofer.
Rocco’s Italian Kitchen – Pizza. Pasta. Perfection.
Agent Sarah Rader – Save money by combining your home and auto insurance with State Farm.
Elliott, Robinson & Company, LLP, CPAs – Proud sponsor of the By the Numbers feature on Republic Tiger Sports.
NY Life Agent Michael Weeks – Proudly supporting Republic athletics!
Black Lab Coffee – Be the Change. Coffee. Breakfast. Lunch. Catering. Delivery. (Previously Heroes Coffee)
Heady BBQ Company – Home of the famous Pig Nasty Sandwich!
Southern Sun Electric – Call (417) 865-6377 for your electrical needs.
The Bank of Missouri – Your hometown bank supporting the home team!

Get Republic's Sports Magazine delivered direct to your mailbox.



Republic Tiger Sports is a one-of-a-kind magazine full of glossy photos, feature stories and interviews, and more. And it’s 100% about Republic. Subscribing to the magazine is one of the best ways to support continuing Republic Tiger Sports coverage, and you can do that now for less than $2 a month.