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Senior SB Salute: Missouri shakes rust, preps for Illinois

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Adam Rung addresses his team of Missouri all-stars during Friday's practice at Clark County High School. Adam Rung addresses his team of Missouri all-stars during Friday's practice at Clark County High School.
The Missouri all-stars lead the all-time Senior Softball Salute series 10-8 over Illinois. The Missouri all-stars lead the all-time Senior Softball Salute series 10-8 over Illinois.

KAHOKA, Mo. (WGEM) -- Sunday night marks the 10th annual Senior Softball Salute, where Illinois and Missouri will meet in a battle of the best high school softball players in our area.

Even though the Show Me State leads the all-time series, they feel like they have something to prove.

With Missouri being on the losing end of every area all-star game this year across all-sports, Adam Rung's team says they want to change that on Sunday.

"Before we started practice, coach was like, 'I know they beat us in the football and basketball games, so we've got to take one of them," Palmyra's Alexis Van Nostrand told WGEM Sports.

"We always kind of wondered playing for Palmyra what it would be like playing against the QND's and QHS's and we never got that chance," added Palmyra's Brianne Caldwell.

"So it's kind of a neat opportunity to go out and just see what their talent is like on that side of the river."

"I think that's what makes the game unique," said Missouri head coach Adam Rung.

"You've got two states that are going to face each other that don't get to face each other during the season, so it's kind of a feeling out on who has the better softball, and we look forward to that challenge."

Keep in mind, Missouri plays it's softball throughout the fall season, while Illinois just wrapped it up on the diamond in the spring.

However, you won't find any excuses from this Missouri squad.

"We've got good athletes that'll pick it up, and good softball players that enjoy game and they're competitive," said Rung.

"I think they're going to want to go out and give their best performance. "

"I don't think it's going to hurt us too bad," Van Nostrand added.

"It's kind of like riding a bike, you get back on and you know how to do it."

"We'll be fine," said Brianne Caldwell.

"I mean once you play softball, you're a softball player for life."

Sunday's game will be played at Harry Phillips Field in Quincy, with the first game of the doubleheader starting at 5:00 PM.

Tickets at $3 dollars for adults, and $1 dollar for children.

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