Prep Diamond Round-up/Chiefs romp on Northwest

Thursday, April 17, 2008
Sophomore Jermie Pittman struck out nine Fayette batters, but didn't get much run support during the 'Cats' 7-1 loss. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

HUGHESVILLE -- Junior Taylor Wesley tossed his second shutout of the season Wednesday as the fourth-ranked Santa Fe baseball team pounded Northwest of Hughesville, 16-0 in five innings.

Wesley struck out nine batters, although the four walks and three hits he yielded meant the Mustangs (3-1) had runners on base in every frame -- but wound up stranding seven of them.

The Chiefs were more efficient offensively, scoring in four of their five turns -- including three in the top of the first inning, sophomore Hunter Rolf delivering the key blow with an RBI double.

Rolf had a two-run single in the second, as did senior Kenzie Thorp in the fourth.

Santa Fe blew the game wide open with eight runs in the fifth. Junior Ben Catlett and Thorp each had two-run singles in front of the capper: a grand slam by sophomore Matt Lovercamp.

Catlett went four-for-four and scored four runs and Thorp had five RBIs to lift his season total to 22 in a mere seven games. The Chiefs (7-0) are scheduled to play today at St. Paul.

St. Mary's 15, Sweet Springs 7

SWEET SPRINGS -- Sloppy defense allowed St. Mary's of Independence to pull away from the Sweet Springs baseball team Wednesday during a 15-7 contest at City Park.

The Greyhounds committed six errors for nine unearned runs, including six of the nine tallies during the third and fourth innings as the Trojans turned a 2-1 lead into an 11-1 cushion.

Senior Ben Boucher's two-run single got St. Mary's off to a good start in the first inning. Freshman Chris Wiseman and senior Michael Niemeyer also had two-run singles, coming in fourth frame.

Sweet Springs chipped into the deficit with three runs in the fifth, two coming in on sophomore Zach Thomas' single. Thomas also knocked in a pair of runs in the sixth, but it wasn't enough for the 'Hounds -- who got to within five runs before the visitors plated three more on three errors in the seventh.

Sophomore Joey Kenney had three hits, stole four bases and scored three times for the Trojans (3-1).

Sweet Springs got three hits from sophomore Aaron Schlatweiler. The 'Hounds (0-6) will open play Monday in the I-70 Conference Tournament at Concordia against St. Paul.

Fayette 7, Slater 1

SLATER -- Fayette advanced into the semifinal round of the Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament with a 7-1 decision Wednesday at Slater.

Senior Jeremy Dawson and sophomore Logan Ball combined on four-hitter for the Falcons, who led from start to finish -- scoring an unearned run in the second inning on back-to-back errors and three more in the third, two on Ball's double.

Ball had an RBI double in the fifth to make it 5-0 before the Wildcats got on the scoreboard on freshman Levi Thomas' two-out single.

Junior Jacob Rice and sophomore Phillip Brinkley also had RBI singles for Fayette (2-4), which will play top-seeded Paris on Saturday at Moberly.

Sophomore Jermie Pittman went the distance for Slater, striking out nine batters and walking only two. The 'Cats (1-7) are slated to play today at Concordia.

Softball

Sweet Springs 13, St. Mary's 2

SWEET SPRINGS -- The game began with a bang and ended with a boom for the Sweet Springs softball team Wednesday.

The Lady Greyhounds scored six runs in the first inning, getting two-run singles from sophomores Kristin Jones and Niki Hall, and finished on a sixth-inning grand slam by junior Stephanie Krause for a 13-2 home win over St. Mary's (0-6) of Independence.

Sophomore Kathleen Tyler allowed only four hits for Sweet Springs (3-4), which finished the game without an error. The Lady 'Hounds play defending champion Santa Fe in the first round of the I-70 Conference Tournament Monday at Concordia.

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