Prep Diamond Round-up: 'Cats one and done at L&C tourney
MOBERLY -- The Slater baseball team's participation in the annual Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament at Moberly was short and not so sweet.
The Wildcats stayed closer in their second meeting of the season against Paris than during the first one, but were eliminated in Wednesday's play-in contest, 8-1. The lone Slater run came on junior Donald Fizer's homer in the top of the third inning.
Senior Jeff Marshall singled in two runs for the Coyotes in the first inning and Paris got three more runs in the third, junior Jeremy Mikel and senior Ryan James stroking RBI doubles. Senior Talmadge Henderson knocked in a run in the fourth with a base hit and Paris scored twice more in the fifth on a Marshall double and James single.
Henderson tossed a three-hitter, striking out nine, for the Coyotes (5-4) -- who will take on Westran in Saturday's semifinal round.
Senior Eric Ward and junior JaRon Allen had singles for the 'Cats (0-7), set to travel to Brunswick today.
St. Paul 11, Sweet Springs 7
SWEET SPRINGS -- Sweet Springs had a chance to stop the hottest team around Wednesday, but couldn't hang on to the ball or get key hits when needed.
Two passed balls and three dropped third strikes, along with sophomore Tyler Bredehoeft's two singles to drive in three runs, staked St. Paul to a 8-1 lead en route to an 11-7 victory Wednesday at City Park. However, it wasn't easy for the Saints.
The Greyhounds tallied four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, freshman James DeWeese drawing a walk with the bases loaded and allowing three more runners to cross. When junior Jake Hunter smashed a two-run homer in the fifth, the margin was only a run.
Sweet Springs got two more runners on base in that frame and packed the sacks during the next two turns, but couldn't push another run across -- stranding 10 for the game.
St. Paul (8-0) put the game away with three runs in the sixth, two scoring on senior Jacob Bingenheimer's double.
Senior Clay Steinkuhler went the distance, striking out 11, for the 'Hounds (1-8) -- who take a seven-game losing streak into Monday's home game against Crest Ridge.
Sweet Springs 15, St. Paul 10
SWEET SPRINGS -- The Sweet Springs softball team beat St. Paul for the second time in a week Wednesday in a 15-10 home slug-fest.
It could be as easily called a "boot-a-thon," since the teams combined for 14 errors leading to 15 unearned runs. However, there were some key hits -- especially for the Lady 'Hounds, who got a two-run homer from senior Valerie Wulff in the third inning and a bases-loaded triple by freshman Laura Keesaer in the sixth.
The Saints (0-5) got RBI singles from juniors Abby Schelp and Esther Mehl during a five-run rally in the top of the sixth, taking a 10-6 lead. Sweet Springs answered with nine runs during the bottom half of the frame, sophomore Jennifer Vogelsmeier plating two with a single and junior Brooke Schelp's single driving in Keesaer.
Wulff, Schelp and senior Amber Winfrey each had a pair of hits for the Lady 'Hounds (3-6), who host Crest Ridge Monday.