Curry, Chiefs roll over Sweet Springs
ALMA -- Sophomore Andrew Curry threw a five-inning shutout and drove in five runs Monday as the Santa Fe baseball team clobbered visiting Sweet Springs, 17-0.
Curry struck out 10 of the 15 batters he faced, issuing no walks and yielding only one hit. He also stroked a two-run single in the first inning and was on base when freshman Keaton Graf hit his second homer of the season. Sophomore Chad Tieman added a solo shot later in the stanza for a 5-0 lead.
Curry and senior Nathan Michaels had two-run singles in the second, with senior Nathan Wesley smacking an RBI double. The sixth-ranked Chiefs scored four runs on a walk, three errors and two hits -- including Graf's run-scoring single -- in the third.
Junior Dalton Wilkinson, Curry and Tieman plated runs with singles in the fourth for Santa Fe.
The Greyhounds (3-3) only had one runner reach base, freshman Jacob Schowengerdt getting a one-out single in the second inning, and he was picked off by Curry. Sweet Springs will have a week off before Monday's game at defending Class 1 state champion Concordia.
Santa Fe (6-3), which hosts St. Paul today, banged out 14 hits during the game.
The Sweet Springs girls took advantage of the Lady Chiefs' eight errors for a 6-4 win.
Freshman Katie Viets try for a third straight no-hitter was ruined by the first batter she faced, sophomore Chelsea Winter leading off with a single -- and then scoring on sophomore Callie Gieselman's base hit to close the deficit to 3-1.
Gieselman also brought Winter home with a single in the third, but senior Shelby Hayworth tripled and came in on junior Ashley delRosario's single in the fourth to extend Sweet Springs' lead to 5-2.
The Lady Chiefs (2-5) trimmed the margin to one in the bottom half of the frame when freshman Megan Bishop tripled in a run and crossed the plate on a grounder, but Viets retired 10 straight batters and got an insurance run in the fifth on singles by junior Brittany Higgins and sophomore Mikalah Vogelsmeier.
The Santa Fe pitchers, senior Molly Sander and sophomore Jessica Catlett, limited the Lady 'Hounds (7-1) to four hits and two earned runs.