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Oerly allows two hits; Bruins shut out Mexico

Friday, October 1, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:59 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Rock Bridge shuts out Mexico 10-0 on Thursday. The 10-run mercy rule shortened the softball game to five innings.

Junior Kayla Turnbull led the Bruins going 3-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and a run.

Emily Lay, a senior, also was 3-3, scoring two runs and batting one run in.

Pitcher Kelsey Oerly gave up two hits and recorded one strikeout, facing 17 hitters.

“This is two wins in a row,” coach Jennifer Mast said. “It’s really big for us.”

HICKMAN TENNIS:

The Kewpies lost to Marshall 7-2 Thursday.

Hickman’s Amy Trae and Kristen Seaberg beat Amy Durham and Ann Lewis 10-7 in No. 2 doubles.

Katie Glenn won at the No. 1 spot, beating Marshall’s Nicki Erickson 10-8.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS MISSOURI:

Chief Randy Boehm accepted the Outstanding Agency of the Year award on behalf of the Columbia Police Department at the Law Enforcement Torch Run Awards Luncheon Monday.

Representatives from Missouri law enforcement agencies met in Osage Beach to honor one another for their volunteering and fundraising efforts.

The Missouri LETR is a group of law enforcement agencies that support Special Olympics Missouri. The LETR hopes to raise more than $1 million by the end of 2004.

GOT SOME LIP:

As if being 0-3 weren’t bad enough, one of Kansas City’s biggest stars missed practice Thursday with an injury that coaches had never even heard of before.

Dante Hall could only stand on the sideline all day with an ice pack on his painfully infected lower lip. The All-Pro kick returner had stitches taken after getting the injury early in Sunday’s 24-21 loss to Houston.

“His lip was infected, pretty well puffed up,” coach Dick Vermeil said. “It hurt to even jog, bouncing that lip.”

Vermeil said Hall was taking antibiotics and would probably be ready for Monday night’s game at Baltimore, where Kansas City won 17-10 last year with the help of Hall’s 97-yard kickoff return.

Nevertheless, not once in a coaching career that began in 1959 has Vermeil ever had a player miss time with an infected lip.

“We always talk about, ‘Do something for the first time,’ ” Vermeil said. “That’s it.”

Another first for Vermeil is starting a season 0-3. Everyone understands a fourth straight loss would almost certainly doom the Chiefs to also-ran status following last year’s 13-3 campaign.

“You’ve got to love the challenge,” defensive end Eric Hicks said. “Why not make it the hardest possible stage you could have to get your first win? We’re going to go in there fully expecting to win. We need to win. We’ve got to shut down No. 31 to do it.”


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