Lady Greyhounds finish third
CONCORDIA — The Sweet Springs softball team won two of three games this week to claim third place in the I-70 Conference Tournament at Concordia.
The fifth-seeded Lady Greyhounds never trailed Wednesday during an 8-3 victory over Crest Ridge in the trophy game. Junior Jaelyn Winfrey doubled in a run and scored in the top of the first inning and, after the Lady Cougars (13-3) scored solo runs in the third and fourth, regained the lead on sophomore Jessie Hartline’s two-out, two-run double in the fifth.
Freshman Lauren Shahan had an RBI single and two more scored on Hartline’s single in the four-run sixth that sealed the Lady ‘Hounds’ (9-9) victory.
Sweet Springs 6, Santa Fe 2. Sweet Springs scored four runs in the second inning Monday to beat Santa Fe in the first round, 6-2.
Senior Kynleigh Fuehring cleared the loaded bases with a double and scored on Shahan’s double during the rally. Shana tripled in a run and Winfrey singled her home in the fifth for a five-run lead.
The Lady Chiefs scored a run when senior Maddie Bickel singled and came in on a grounder in the fourth and freshman Charlesie Lamphier singled and stole three bases in the seventh.
Concordia 9, Sweet Springs 4. The Lady Greyhounds’ bid for a seventh tourney title was ruined Tuesday by Concordia, 9-4.
Sweet Springs had only three hits through five at-bats, but led 3-1 before the Lady Orioles racked up five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Caley Smith tied the game with a two-run double and senior Tatum Abney singled in the go-ahead run.
Concordia (13-2) added three runs in the sixth, two on senior Lauren Fiene’s double. The Lady ‘Hounds tacked on a final tally on senior Leah Eagle’s seventh-inning double.
Santa Fe 19, Orrick 2 Santa Fe advanced to the consolation final with a 19-2 mercy-rule drubbing of Orrick. The Lady Chiefs (8-4) take on Lone Jack for the trophy Friday.
St. Paul 10, Santa Fe 0. The Santa Fe baseball team has won six championships, the last one in 2015. The chances for another one was spoiled Monday with a 10-0 first-round loss to second-seeded St. Paul.
Senior Justin Griffith threw a one-hitter, striking out seven of the last eight batters he faced, for the Saints — who took a 4-0 lead into the fourth and added five runs then, two on freshman Jayden Maggert’s homer. St. Paul will play for the title Saturday against Lone Jack, which has won two of the last three finals.
Santa Fe 5, Sweet Springs 4. The Chiefs scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday for their first win of the season, a 5-4 consolation semifinal win over Sweet Springs.
The Greyhounds (3-8) scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh to extend the game, but Santa Fe broke the tie with a two-run single by sophomore Jason Tebbenkamp — who touched the plate with the needed insurance run on senior Carter Wodrich’s single.
Sophomore Noah Fogarty drove in two runs with a double in the bottom of the eighth, but sophomore Evan Fogarty got the last out in a fly ball for the save.
Crest Ridge 11, Santa Fe 2. Junior West Marten didn’t allow an earned run and struck out eight over six innings of work Wednesday as Crest Ridge claimed the consolation trophy with an 11-2 win over the Chiefs (1-13). Marten helped his cause by driving in four runs for the Cougars (6-10).
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