Three home runs propel Missouri Tigers to Game 1 win over Baylor


By Barbara Maningat

Two Missouri Tiger home runs and a Lindsay Muller grand slam lit up the scoreboard in Game 1 of the three-game series against Baylor, Friday, March 30. The Tigers took the 6-1 win, scoring all runs off the bats of Nicole Hudson, Corrin Genovese and Muller.

After a quiet first inning, Hudson and Genovese put Missouri on the board each with one-run homers in back-to-back innings. Both scored their third home runs of the season. They made their hits count as Hudson went 1-for-3 with one run and one RBI and Genovese went 1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI. 

Muller blasted her fourth season home run with a grand slam in the sixth inning. A Genovese walk, followed by singles by Jenna Marston and Kelsea Roth loaded the bases for the four-run streak. Muller went 1-for-3 on the game.

Chelsea Thomas delivered from the mound with seven strikeouts and allowed only three hits in five innings. Bailey Erwin relieved Thomas in the sixth inning and allowed one unearned run in two innings. She closed the game with three hits and one strikeout. 

The Tigers improved to a 5-2 record in conference play and a 26-5 record overall. Game 2 starts at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at University Field.

Tigers forced to play Aggie ball, Texas A&M issues first series loss

By Barbara Maningat

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No. 19 Texas A&M served up some solid competition, defeating No. 10 Missouri softball team in a tight three-game series at College Station. Missouri ended their 17-game winning streak in Game 1 Friday with a 2-1 loss, but hope struck when the Tigers took the 6-5 win in Game 2. Game 3 went seven innings without a run and ended the game with an Aggie run in the bottom of the eighth.

The Tigers simply could not deliver from the plate as Aggie pitcher Mel Dumezich took control of the game.

Dumezich proved to be a threat from the mound and at bat in the first game; she issued seven strikeouts and contributed two runs with the game-winning home run in the first inning. Tiger Kelsea Roth contributed the only run for the Tigers with a double to center, scoring Corrin Genovese. The Tigers managed four hits to counter Dumezich, but it was not enough as they fell 2-1.

Dumezich allowed just enough leeway in Game 2 for the Tigers to capitalize and take the win. After Roth doubled to score Jenna Marston in the first, the game came alive in the second inning as the Tigers added five runs. Genovese doubled to left field, scoring Princess Krebs and pushing Ashtin Stephens to scoring position. Marston then singled and sent Stephens and Genovese home for a 4-0 lead. Later, Roth hit a double to left field and sent Marston home and Ashley Fleming to third base after she drew a walk. Fleming then scored an unearned run to close the inning. Two outs into the second inning, the Aggies sent in Lauren Ainsley to relieve Dumezich. Missouri responded with five runs against Ainsley, ending the second game with a tight 6-0 Tiger victory.

It was the battle of the pitchers in the series closer. Missouri’s Chelsea Thomas threw seven and one-third innings allowing only two hits, one error and the game-winning run, while Dumezich allowed just one hit to Genovese in the third inning. Combined, the pitchers kept the batters quiet for seven full innings until Aggie Jenna Stark hit a double to score Cassie Tysarczyk for the win in the extra inning.

Genovese and Roth led the Tigers in hitting, contributing a combined eight hits on the series – but the team recorded only 11 hits on the series, six of them from game two.

Thomas is now 11-3 on the season and the Tigers fall to 23-5 overall, 4-2 in conference play. Missouri will return to Columbia to host a doubleheader against the Evansville Aces on Wednesday, starting at 3 p.m.

Missouri softball ends Kansas rivalry with three shutout victories

Story by Barbara Maningat

With two wins on Sunday, the No. 12 Missouri softball team took a three-game series from Big 12 rival Kansas by a combined score of 24-0.

The games took the all-time border war record to 63-40 in favor of Missouri. The Tigers have recorded seven straight shutout victories and are on a 14-game winning streak. They have only allowed three runs over the 14 game span.

Overall, the Tigers are satisfied with how they ended the era.

“We definitely wanted to come out and show them how good we are. Go out on a good note,” senior Ashley Fleming said. “I don’t know if they’ll end up playing them in the regular season next year or not, but conference-wise this is the last time, so I don’t think we could’ve done it any better than we did.

Kansas struggled to respond to the 24 Missouri runs on the series and could only deliver 10 hits.

Kelsi Jones and Fleming led the Tigers. Each player recorded game-ending home runs in run-rule victories. Jones finished the series with a team high six RBIs, two runs and two hits. Fleming went 4-for-11 with three runs and three RBIs.

Jones contributions were clear on paper, but her teammates also took notice.

“To come in and pinch hit on Friday and to hit a home run, that’s pretty big and then she came up big again for us today,” Chelsea Thomas said. “So that confidence building, building into the next couple weekends, is going to be huge.”

Doubleheader Game 1, 5-0 Missouri

In the first game of the doubleheader, Chelsea Thomas threw a shutout. The win improved her record to 10-0 on the season. Jenna Marston and Fleming each went 2-for-3 and scored one run each. Lindsey Muller added two RBIs on one hit.

The Tigers took an early three run lead in the first inning. Corrin Genovese drew a walk and advanced to second on a line drive from Fleming. Nicole Hudson then reached first on a fielding error by Jayhawk first baseman Marissa Ingle and advanced to second. Genovese scored an unearned run on the same play to put Missouri on the board. A wild pitch by Alecia Pille allowed Fleming to come home for another unearned Tiger run. The pitch put Hudson in scoring position. Muller closed the inning with a sacrifice ground out to shortstop Mariah Montgomery to score Hudson.

The game slowed down until the bottom of the fourth inning. Marston singled up the middle and advanced to second after Genovese was hit by a pitch. Muller recorded her second RBI scoring Marston with a single to left field.

In the fourth inning, Mackenzie Sykes singled to right field and advanced to third off an Ashtin Stephens double. Sykes added another Tiger run when Jenna Marston grounded out to second base.

Doubleheader Game 2, 9-0 Missouri

Kristin Nottelmann pitched a season high six shutout innings. Nottelman struck out seven batters and allowed only two hits. This win improved her record to 6-2. Fleming and Jones led the game with three RBIs apiece.

The Tigers churned out six runs in the bottom of the third inning, while the Jayhawks struggled from the mound. Kansas pitcher Morgan Druhan issued a walk to Genovese and pushed Marston to second. Fleming then smacked a line drive double deep into center field, scoring Marston for the first run of the game. Druhan then issued walks to Hudson and Muller that scored Genovese and loaded the bases. A sacrifice fly by Princess Krebs sent Fleming home for a 3-0 lead before Jones homered to right field. Krebs gave Mizzou a 6-0 advantage.

The score would remain at 6-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning. The Tigers looked for just two runs to end the game. Marston added one when she doubled then scored off a hit by Angela Randazzo.

Then, in similar fashion to the game-winning home run by Jones in game one of the series, Fleming homered to right field for two RBIs and closed the game 9-0.

“It felt good. It was good to end the weekend on a hit like that,” Fleming said.

Missouri now sits at a 20-3 and 3-0 in conference play. The Tigers take on Iowa in another doubleheader on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Mizzou defeats Kansas for 13-game winning streak

By Barbara Maningat

Missouri softball kicked off Big 12 conference play with another run-rule victory, defeating rival Kansas 10-0. Chelsea Thomas got the win, giving her a 9-1 record on the season. She pitched four and one-third shutout innings before allowing one hit in the top of the fifth. Lindsey Muller led the team and went 3-for-3 with one RBI while Corrin Genovese and Nicole Hudson each recorded two hits. In the last play of the game, freshman Kelsi Jones drove in three RBIs with her third home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth inning, helping the Tigers end the Jayhawks’ 20-game winning streak.

Due to Saturday’s weather, the Tigers and Jayhawks will play a double header on Sunday, starting at noon.

KBIA: Missouri Amish population expanding, moving

By Barbara Maningat, Nick Gass and Krysta Brown (Columbia, MO) | Posted Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 at 3:54pm | UPDATED: October 13, 2010 at 5:15pm

When the Amish decide to start a new settlement, it’s a community decision.  Learn more about the process and one man’s move from Clark to Brashear, Mo. CLICK HERE to view the full story

Audio Intro: In the past 20 years, Missouri has seen a sharp increase in the number of Amish settlements, from 15 in 1991 to 38 this year. As the population moves to traditionally non-Amish areas, businesses, both local and national, have worked to accommodate them. KBIA’s Nick Gass has more.

On a Tuesday afternoon, workers at Countryside Market fill and seal bags of curry seed to go on the shelves.  For the past two years, Nathan Byers and his family have been running a country supply store outside of Kirksville that caters to the farming community in the area. Byers says that he’s seen five or six different Amish groups come into the store, including Amish from the local settlements in Clark and Greentop.

When Clarence Miller and his wife moved from Clark, Mo., to Brashear, Mo., they moved to a place they hoped would allow them to have more farmland and build a better life. Their desires aren’t much different from anyone who chooses to relocate for their employment, but as the founding members of a new Amish settlement, their responsibility is far greater.

Like the westward pioneers before them, these present day Americans have left their home for unfamiliar territory. They’re not merely moving to a new settlement – they’re building it.

For the past 20 years, Amish Americans have been migrating westward and into Missouri, causing an increase in settlements, according to a study by The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College. The study also reports an increase in Amish birth rates over the same time period. The result has been a movement of Amish families from areas where land has become scarce to less-populated areas of the country.

“Families who are seeking to maintain a farming and rural lifestyle are looking for reasonably priced land in more rural and secluded areas where they can continue to make a living with a family style farming,” said Donald Kraybill, a senior fellow at the Young Center at Elizabethtown College. “This enables them to preserve their culture more effectively and ward off some of the unwanted forces of modernization and high-tech living lifestyles.”

For Miller, the search for land meant a move of 75 miles north from an established Amish settlement in Clark, Mo. On a busy morning, he interrupted his work to describe the impact of the move after living in one place for nearly 50 years.

“It was hard to leave old friends and neighbors. Some of them visit and the neighbors we have now are real nice. You do get homesick,” Miller said.

Since 1991, Missouri’s Amish population has tripled to about 9,500 people according to the Elizabethtown study. (The U.S. Census does not collect information based on religious affiliation.) The study also reported Amish have started 23 new settlements in Missouri since 1991 for a total of 38. The only other state with as many new settlements is Wisconsin.

Miller has noticed the increased population, but said it isn’t because of an influx of new families.

“When [the Clark settlement] was established in 1953, there was a lot of land and opportunities, but as time went on, people married and land ran out,” Miller said. “In this day and age, it’s hard to tell when’s the right time [to move]. Opportunities are less than that time because land is so expensive and with the economy the way it is.”

Although Miller has found and developed this land in the past four months, a local business owner said that not every Amish family is able do the same. Sharon Marohl teaches riding lessons and runs a general store at her home in Clark, in the middle of mid-Missouri’s Amish country. For 16 years, she and her family have lived side-by-side with their Amish neighbors.

“I know that [Miller’s settlement] is working on—I’m not sure settling is the right word—reestablishing a settlement that some Amish from Pennsylvania tried to start in the Kirksville area,” Marohl said. “They worked very diligently at it, but Pennsylvania soil is very different than Missouri soil, and for two years in a row they had no crops.”

After the Pennsylvania settlement uprooted, they sold their land in Brashear and returned home. Word spread throughout the Amish communities in mid-Missouri that the land was available, so the overpopulated settlement in Clark took an immediate interest.

The decision to leave his home in Clark was not an easy one, Miller said. Jeff Gingerich, an Amish businessman, said that the elders in Clark met to discuss who would be most capable of establishing a new settlement – but ultimately, it was “a community decision.”

“It’s a hard decision knowing if you’re the right person to do it,” Miller explained. “[It took] a few years. Thoughts would enter my mind that this should be done. The realization didn’t come until I bought land and made efforts to move up here.”

After the move, Miller’s first task was to get his farm started. He owns 238 acres to grow corn and raise cattle. Typically, a settlement will grow as other families also look for land. Miller’s settlement has nine families, with a new family due to arrive from Macomb, Ill., in less than a month.

Marohl said the settlement now has to figure out how to get the supplies they cannot make themselves and who can act as the liaison between the Amish and the non-Amish.

Miller glanced into the distance, surveying his farming property, as he enumerated the work he has yet to do before the seasons change and, in his words, “the snow flies.”

A big priority for Miller is building. He plans on finishing off a workshop where he will make oak rocking chairs for sale. Other projects include finishing a neighbor’s basement, but that’s not the biggest project ahead.

“I feel a lot of pressure,” said Miller, who has the added burden of building a new school for the new settlement.

Miller is unsure about how soon the community will multiply. He said he cannot focus so much on the future; he already feels blessed by the opportunity to start a new home.

“You just thank the good Lord that he’s given you the strength and the health to go on,” Miller said.