MONROE – Churubusco’s softball season came to an end after a close sectional championship game.

Despite dropping to a 7-0 deficit, the Lady Eagles rallied in the last two innings, scoring five runs, but not enough to win.

Churubusco lost 7-5 to the South Adams Starfires at Sectional 36 host Adams Central.

“Their pitcher started out on fire,” said Churubusco head coach Phil Nicolette. “We didn’t see a rise ball during the season. We try to practice it, but you can’t simulate it in practice.”

Despite the loss, Nicolette was proud of the team’s will to battle back, rather than giving up after the 7-0 deficit.

“They could have just folded over and let them 10-run us,” Nicolette said. “I think if we had a couple more innings, we could have had them. We battled back.”

The Lady Eagles end their season after proving that they’re not going to be an easy team to beat in years to come.

Churubusco softball won its first conference tournament championship this season.

“We’re an up-and-coming team and we’re going to continue to get better every year,” Nicolette said. “This was a good experience for all of them. We’ll come back next year and try to improve on it.”

Nicolette said he could tell it had been a good season after seeing the seniors try so hard to keep the game alive.

Paige Stauffer hit a key double at the end of the game, and Mallory Pearson made big plays throughout the game.

“You could tell they didn’t want to go home yet — they didn’t want the season to end,” Nicolette said.

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Churubusco 5, Woodlan 1

The Lady Eagles beat Woodlan 5-1 in eight innings in the semifnal game to advance to the sectional championship.The game was scoreless, sending it to an eighth inning, when the Lady Eagles’ bats went wild, scoring five runs. Woodlan scored one run in the bottom of the eighth.