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Washington’s softball season came to an end with a 5-2 loss to Marquette in a Class 4 sectional contest Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Marquette High School.

The Lady Jays (20-9) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a single by Sarah Becszlko followed by a two-run homer over the left-field fence by Ellie Quaethem.

Marquette (26-3) answered in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run homer to right-center field by Annah Junge.

The home runs by both starting pitchers made the score 2-2, which remained the score until Marquette took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Some misplays in the field by the Lady Jays helped the Mustangs score three unearned runs in the fifth inning.

“We’ve played great defense all year and to have one inning with errors kind of stinks, but that’s softball for you. We’ve won games when we took advantage of the other team’s errors. That’s just the way it goes,” said Washington Head Softball Coach Phil King. “Marquette is a great team. They got even with us after we beat them in this game last year. They’re 26-3 and have beaten a lot of good teams. They were second in state two years ago.”

Quaethem pitched the first five innings for Washington, allowing five runs, two earned, on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Taylor Hendrix tossed a scoreless sixth inning, allowing one hit and registering two strikeouts.

Junge pitched all seven innings for Marquette, allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

Jessie Huxol, Becszlko and Quaethem each had one hit for Washington. Quaethem added two RBIs and a run. Becszlko scored a run. Jena Monehan drew a pair of walks.

“The girls are disappointed, especially the seniors, but I hope they understand how great of a season we had. We won our first-ever GAC conference title, our first conference title since 2001, we reached 20 wins for the second year in a row and we won a district title for the second year in a row,” King said. “It hurts to lose, but very few teams get to end the season with a win. We can’t focus on our last game. We have to focus on the season as a whole and we had a phenomenal season.

“We have a great group of girls. This senior group has been very successful with back-to-back 20-win seasons. We’re losing a lot with the seniors we have, but the future still looks great.”

Photos from Washington’s sectional softball game at Marquette are below.


Washington High School soccer player Zach Harms is the Washington Missourian’s Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Harms, a senior defender, has played a large role for the Blue Jays’ big season as they take aim at a second straight district championship.

“Zach has been absolutely crucial for our team this year. He has logged the most minutes of the season by anyone. He has been an absolute anchor for our back line and keeping some great players shut out,” said Washington Head Soccer Coach Derek Schriewer. “He’s not the type of player to put up goals and assists, but his ability to put my game plan into effect from the back line moving forward has been remarkable and crucial to our great season. Zach deserves some recognition for the solid defensive soccer he’s played.”

Zach Harms


Make it two straight district championships for the Washington High School softball squad.

Playing in the championship game of the Class 4 District 4 Tournament at Eureka High School on Friday, Oct. 6, the second-seeded Lady Jays knocked off top-seeded Eureka 12-1 in six innings.

“We’re playing awesome softball right now. It’s similar to last year when we made our run to state. We just don’t have a hole on this team. We have nine solid batters in our lineup,” said Washington Head Softball Coach Phil King. “It’s a fun time for us. It’s our second district title in school history and our second in a row.”

Washington (20-8) will play Marquette (25-3) in a Class 4 sectional contest Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Marquette High School at 4:15 p.m. It’s a rematch of last year’s sectional game, won by the Lady Jays, 2-1, at Lakeview Park.

Click here for the MSHSAA Class 4 softball playoff bracket.

Holding a 2-1 lead over Eureka after four innings on a two-run homer by Jena Monehan, Washington broke it open with three runs in the top of the fifth inning and seven runs in the top of the sixth.

The highlights were two-run home runs by Ellie Quaethem and Taylor Hendrix.

“We had really good momentum from the Northwest game (10-0 win in district semifinals). Our hitting continues to improve and our pitching and defense have been great,” said Washington senior center fielder Nichole Brinker. “We’re excited to be going back to the playoffs and hopefully getting to state like we did last year.”

Brinker scored a pair of runs in the game, making her the school’s career leader in runs scored with 85. She already holds the school record in career hits with 147 and career stolen bases with 68.

“It’s really exciting to hold those records,” Brinker said. “Going into the season, I didn’t think I was even close to breaking them. I just keep playing hard and my teammates are backing me up all the way. It’s been a great experience.

Quaethem pitched all six innings for the Lady Jays to earn the win over Eureka, allowing just one run.

“I thought I pitched pretty well. I could have done better, but I like the way the game ended. We won, so that’s all that really matters,” Quaethem said. “It was nice to get that 2-1 lead. Having the lead always helps when you’re pitching.”

“Ellie pitched phenomenal,” King added. “She’s been doing a great job for us. She steps up when she needs to and does her thing.”

The winner of Wednesday’s Washington-Marquette game advances to the Class 4 quarterfinals on Saturday, Oct. 14, against the Seckman-Cor Jesu sectional winner.

Photos from the Washington-Eureka district championship game are below. Click on the attached link below for the MSHSAA Class 4 softball playoff bracket.


Washington High School softball player Nichole Brinker has been named the KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week.

Brinker, a senior center fielder and four-year varsity player, has played a major role in the Lady Jays’ success on the softball diamond, winning back-to-back district championships. This season, she has a batting average of .435, an on-base percentage of .495 and a slugging percentage of .471. She also 13 stolen bases and 12 RBIs.

Brinker, who holds a 4.0 grade-point average, owns school records in career hits (147), career stolen bases (68) and career runs (85). She also is a member of the WHS girls golf team, where she qualified for the sectional tournament this fall in her first season on the team. Brinker also plays on the WHS basketball team during the winter season.

Nichole is the daughter of Mike and Lisa Brinker.

Nichole Brinker


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