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Teno honored by Albia, Chariton softball teams

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Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 9:35 am

The Chariton softball team was outmatched when it came to playing Albia on Monday. The 11th ranked Lady Dees rolled in a 10-0 shutout, boosting their conference record to 9-1. The Chargers fell to 0-10.

But in terms of sportsmanship and comraderie between the two teams, the Lady Dees and Chargers stood on equal ground as they honored eighth grade Albia player, Ella Teno.

Teno is cancer free after three bouts with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Chariton’s Coach Deb Sueferer has been a long-time advocate of “Go-Pink” games, raising money for breast cancer research and her Charger team was uniformed in pink to play the Dees. Albia (and their fans) were clad in the “Ella Strong” purple t-shirts and uniforms. Both Chariton and Albia coaches wore purple.

Teno was escorted to the mound by her parents, Tom Teno and Melissa Curiel, where she was met by Albia head coach Larry Achenbach. She was handed a bright yellow softball and threw out the ceremonial first pitch to sister, Olivia, who pitched the JV to victory just before the varsity contest.

She then received a gift from the Chariton team.

The event raised over $900 for the American Cancer Society.

Chariton senior pitcher Sophia DeMaria held the Dees scoreless in the first inning, but junior centerfielder Erin Heaton came up in the second with two on and ripped a triple to start Albia’s scoring. Four runs scored in the second inning and four more in the third. Albia scored single runs in the fourth and fifth as Coach Achenbach put in a number of reserves.

DeMaria pitched a total of three and a third innings, giving way to Grace Bengston for an inning, then returning to finish the game. DeMaria gave up six runs on five hits, walked five and struck out one. Bengston gave up four runs on two hits, walked two and struck out two.

Albia’s Jena Lawrence had another rock solid performance on the mound, yielding one hit, an infield single, to Saydee Terrell. She walked one and struck out eight.

Hannah Isley had three hits and an RBI, Erin Heaton had a two-run triple to lead the team at the plate.

The Dees face two critical games in their quest for a conference title. They travel to Clarke on Tuesday and Centerville on Thursday.

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