However, the Chiefs weren't ranked in the Class 1 Top 10 in the pre-season. They did crack the poll at No. 3 last week, though, even before they won three games Saturday for the Knob Noster Tournament championships.
Santa Fe's pitchers allowed only three earned runs and all-state sophomore Keaton Graf hit two homers and drove in eight runs during the run to the title.
The Chiefs opened pool play with an 8-3 victory over St. Paul, Graf's two-run shot in the third giving them a 4-1 lead. Graf knocked in two more runs with a triple in the fifth.
Junior Sam Schmidt had three of the five hits recorded by the Saints (2-1) and a pair of RBIs.
Santa Fe committed five errors for three unearned runs during a 5-3 win over Archie, but once against made a 4-1 third-inning lead hold up. Senior Andrew Smith began that three-run frame with a double and scored on senior Dalton Wilkinson's single. Junior Andrew Curry doubled in Wilkinson and came in on junior Chad Tieman's single.
Curry tripled and scored on Graf's single in the fifth.
Senior Canon Jones had two singles and drove in all three runs for the Whirlwind (3-1).
The Chiefs won the championship game easily, 13-2 in five inning, Curry -- an all-state left-hander -- allowing only two hits and striking out 10.
The Chiefs added to a 5-2 lead with four runs in the fourth, Wilkinson delivering an RBI double and Tieman plating two runs with a single. Four more runs in the fifth, three on Graf's third dinger of the season, put the game out of reach.
Senior Jacob Gavel scored both of the runs for the Golden Eagles (2-3).
Wilkinson knocked in five runs and Smith scored four times in the finale. Today Santa Fe (5-0) will host its main I-70 Conference rival, fifth-ranked Concordia.
Marshall rallied with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday to pull out a 3-2 NCMC decision over visiting Hannibal.
Senior southpaw Aaron Skinner went the distance on the mound for the Owls, making only one crucial mistake -- surrendering a two-out home run to junior Justin Price after sophomore Eric Hugenberg singled to lead off the fourth inning.
That gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead, Marshall scoring once in the second. Skinner walked and junior courtesy runner Trent Toliver stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scoring on a balk.
Senior Jordan Pannell got on base on a dropped third strike to begin the Owls' sixth. Skinner's bunt was botched and a sacrifice by sophomore Mason Paulus put the go-ahead runner in scoring position. Senior Tyler Hunt singled in the tying run and junior Henry Tietz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded the give Marshall the lead.
Skinner blanked Hannibal (1-3, 0-3 NCMC) in the seventh to close out the win.
Sophomore Tyler Cott singled and walked twice for the Owls (4-0, 3-0), who host Warrensburg today.
SWEET SPRINGS -- Sophomore Katie Viets yielded only one hit, struck out five and didn't allow an earned run Friday as the Sweet Springs softball team crushed Sacred Heart for a 16-1 non-conference home win.
The Lady Greyhounds scored nine runs in the first inning and never looked back. Junior Rebecca Tyler and sophomore Ashtin Tyler each had two-run singles during the rally.
Tyler doubled and scored the first of two runs in the second and Viets added a two-run single, and came in on Hunter's base hit, as Sweet Springs tacked on four runs in the fourth.
The Lady Gremlins (1-1) got their lone run in the first on senior Johanna Hohne's single.
Senior Ashley delRosario had two hits and scored twice for the Lady 'Hounds (2-0), who play Barstow today at Kansas City.
The Sweet Springs baseball game against Sacred Heart was called off Friday due to wet grounds. The 'Hounds are scheduled to host Wentworth Military Academy on Wednesday.