Hall gives 'Hounds walk-off win
SWEET SPRINGS -- Sweet Springs sophomore Jacob Hall went from goat to hero with one swing of the bat Thursday.
Hall stood to be the losing pitcher before stroking a one-strike pitch to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning to drive in two runs to give the Greyhounds a walk-off 3-2 non-conference decision over visiting New Franklin (1-6).
The game was scoreless through seven innings. Senior Zack Giffen scattered five hits over five innings before being lifted for Hall -- who got through the first two frames unscathed, but surrendered two-out RBI singles to junior Dustin Mehrhoff and sophomore Gavin Bishop in the top of the eighth.
Junior Koy Harris blanked Sweet Springs through seven innings, but was yanked after a pair of walks to open the eighth. Sophomore Jackson Dorson got the first two outs before walking Giffen to load the bases. Sophomore Hunter Sims was plunked to force in a run before Hall singled on an 0-1 count to win the game.
The 'Hounds (3-4) head to seventh-ranked Concordia on Monday.
Concordia 9, Santa Fe 7
ALMA -- A five-run sixth inning was decisive as No. 7 Concordia claimed a 9-7 victory Thursday at Santa Fe.
Long balls are always a threat in the tiny Alma park, with four hits this game. Senior Blake Schreiman had a pair of two-run shots, in the first and seventh innings -- giving the Chiefs an early lead, but not enough to overcome the 9-5 deficit they faced during their final at-bat.
Seniors Peyton Sowers and Matthew Chiddix both walked and stole home to put Santa Fe up 4-3 in the fourth, but the sixth inning was decisive as freshman Austin Droege's grand slam put Concordia (6-2) up for good. Senior Abram Frerking followed with a solo shot.
The Chiefs (1-4) are scheduled to make up last week's rained out clash with Carrollton on Friday at T-Bones Stadium in Olathe, Kan.
Sweet Springs 16, Santa Fe 1
ALMA -- The Sweet Springs softball team scored 15 unanswered runs, 12 in the sixth inning, for a 16-1 non-conference win Wednesday at Santa Fe.
After junior Brooke Conner put the Lady Greyhounds ahead with a solo homer in the first, the Lady Chiefs tied the game on senior Sadie Limback's double in the bottom of the frame. That was all freshman Kynleigh Fuehring allowed for Sweet Springs, giving up five hits and striking out eight.
The sixth inning was a disaster for Santa Fe (3-3), which committed three errors and gave up four walks -- three which forced in runs. Junior Lauren Eagle and Fuehring stroked two-run doubles and Sweet Springs (4-1) got RBI singles from junior Sydney Vaught, sophomore Emma Sims and freshman Kyla Giffen.