Prep Diamond Round-up/Lady 'Hounds post third straight win
SWEET SPRINGS -- Whatever else may be its faults, the Sweet Springs softball team can sure hit the ball.
The Lady Greyhounds garnered their third victory in a row Monday, reaching double digits in runs scored throughout the streak, by clubbing Wellington-Napoleon, 16-3 in five innings.
The Lady Tigers (0-3) led after their first turn at the plate, 3-0, seniors Kelsey McCarthy and Heather Cleary getting RBI singles. However, Sweet Springs answered with 11 runs in the bottom half of the frame and never looked back.
Senior Brooke Schelp and juniors Kara Kreisel and Jennifer Vogelsmeier started the rally with three straight singles to loaded the bases. An error and walks forced in three runs, with three more crossing on freshman Sammi DeWeese's double.
Kreisel added a two-run double and a triple by Vogelsmeier and freshman Stephanie Krause's single knocked in two more runs before the dust settled.
Sophomore Laura Keesaer plated a pair of runs with a triple in the second inning and Kreisel had a two-run single in the fourth. After the rough start, Kreisel settled down to toss four hitless, scoreless stanzas.
Senior Breanna Schelp and junior Megan Dohrman contributed with two runs each for the Lady 'Hounds (3-2), who play Wednesday at St. Paul.
Wellington-Napoleon 12, Sweet Springs 3
SWEET SPRINGS -- Junior Kyle Nixdorf went three for three, drove in a run and scored four times as visiting Wellington-Napoleon pulled away from the Sweet Springs baseball team Monday, 12-3.
Sophomore Devon Register's two-run single in the top of the sixth inning and a three-run seventh sealed the victory for the Tigers -- whose three first-inning runs, two on senior Zach Bolton's single, were all answered by the Greyhounds.
A walk, error and hit batter loaded the bases in Sweet Springs' half of the first. A run was forced in when senior Nick Steinkuhler was nicked and two more crossed on freshman Quin Jones' single.
After that, it was all Wellington (2-2) -- which scored unearned runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings due to four Greyhound errors. Junior Daniel Gower and sophomore Joe Hough blanked Sweet Springs over the final six frames.
Even though the Greyhounds (0-5) had nine hits during the game, including three singles by freshman Carlton Berryman, they left 11 runners on base. Sweet Springs heads to St. Paul for a game Wednesday.
Paris 15, Slater 1
PARIS -- It took two weeks into the season for the Slater baseball team to finally get on the diamond.
Unfortunately, it didn't stay on the field long, bombed out in five innings Monday, 15-1, at Lewis and Clark Conference rival Paris. Senior Jeremy Mikel hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to cap the Coyotes' 16-hit assault.
Paris scored seven runs in the second, sophomore Derek Vanlandingham driving in a run with a double and sophomore Joe Gilliam and seniors Dan Ensor and Jonathan Kirklin following with RBI singles. Gilliam, who tossed a two-hitter and struck out nine, had a two-run single as the Coyotes (2-0, 1-0 L&C) tallied five more runs in the third.
The Wildcats didn't get on the board until the top of the fifth. Sophomore Kyle Durham lead off with a single, swiped two bases and came in on a pitch that got away.
Junior Justin Herring got the only other hit for Slater (0-1, 0-1), which plays today at Braymer.