'Hounds reach district finals

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

SMITHTON -- Sweet Springs is playing the Cinderella role in the Class 2, District 15 Tournament at Smithton.

The seventh-seeded Greyhounds followed Saturday's 7-1 first-round upset of the host team -- with senior Drew Weber taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning -- by knocking off No. 3 seed Sacred Heart (10-10) in the semifinals Tuesday, 10-1. That avenged a March 20 meeting in Sedalia when the Gremlins scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh for an 8-7 walk-off win.

Senior Zach Giffen's double put two runners in scoring position for Sweet Springs in the first, both crossing on an error and senior Justin Sims singled in a run in the second. Sacred Heart (10-10) got its lone run on freshman Kyle Kennon's single in the bottom of the second.

Freshman Georgie Ortzian doubled and came in on an error in the fifth and senior Bret Green singled and scored in the sixth before the 'Hounds put the game away with five runs in the seventh, Green delivering a two-run single.

Sweet Springs (10-11) will seek its first district title since 1998 Wednesday when it meets fourth-ranked Lincoln, the No. 1 seed which knocked off Windsor, 10-0, in the semifinals.

Santa Fe 18, Otterville 0

ALMA -- It must have seemed like old times Tuesday at the Alma City Park baseball field, what with Santa Fe pounding a hapless visitor.

That was in the first round of the Class 1, District 10 Tournament, where the second-seeded Chiefs took five innings -- only because that was the minimum -- to pound No. 7 seed Otterville into submission, 18-0.

Senior Matthew Chiddix made sure this wouldn't be his swan song with a two-hit shutout, striking out 11 batters and walking none, while also driving in three runs.

Santa Fe scored nine runs in the bottom of the first inning, which began with three Eagle errors, a hit batter and a bases-loaded walk. Another boot, Chiddix's two-run single, an RBI single by senior Matt Peters and the inning's fifth error completed the rally.

An error also opened the Chiefs' second at-bat, with singles by senior Carson Graf and junior Tanner Begemann stuffing the sacks. Chiddix walked to bring in a run, with two scoring on Peters' double. Chiddix scored on an error and two came in on senior Blake Schreiman's double.

Senior Jared Rieves singled in a run and two more scoring on both Graf's double and senior Leyton Minnis' single. An error allowed the frame's seventh run to cross.

A Schreiman single and four straight free passes gave Santa Fe two more runs in the fourth.

The Chiefs (4-15) will meet No. 3 seed LaMonte, a 3-2 winner over Green Ridge, in the semifinal round Wednesday.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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