Prep Diamond Round-up/'Hounds, Chiefs pound the ball
SMITHTON -- When he got some help from the defense, senior right-hander Dane Schnakenberg kept finding his way out of jams for the Sweet Springs baseball team Monday.
Schnakenberg scattered six hits and struck out nine -- overcoming six walks, three hit batters and five errors -- but may not have survived at Smithton if not for the stick of Andrew Kueker. The senior third baseman was a single shy of hitting for the cycle, driving in five runs during the Greyhounds' 11-8 non-conference victory.
Junior Sean Smith had a pair of RBIs as the Tigers (1-1) took a 4-2 lead into the fifth inning. Kueker put Sweet Springs ahead with a three-run homer, but a double by sophomore Clint Wehrman plated two runs as the lead changed hands for the third time.
Kueker followed freshman Zach Thomas' RBI single with a two-run triple in the sixth and senior Levi Bernard tripled in a run and scored on junior James Deweese's single in the seventh for a pair of insurance runs.
Deweese and freshman Billy Martin each had two hits for the 'Hounds (2-1), who host Fayette on Thursday.
Santa Fe 14, Northwest 9
ALMA -- Santa Fe's pitching couldn't shut down Northwest's offense, but the Chiefs did more damage with the sticks Monday to pull out a 14-9 non-conference home win.
The Mustangs took an 8-5 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, getting a solo homer from junior Ian Wiskur in the process, but couldn't hold on. The Chiefs tallied nine runs during their turn at the plate behind three walks, an error and eight hits -- including a pair of RBI singles from sophomore Taylor Wesley and run-scoring safeties by junior Logan Wesley and sophomores Brandon Schmidt and Max Capps.
Junior Will Alexander's third hit of the game was a solo tater to begin the seventh, but Northwest (1-3) was unable to add to it.
Wesley was five for five at the plate with six RBIs, Capps went four for four and scored three times and sophomore Ben Catlett drilled a homer for Santa Fe (3-0) -- which entertains Crest Ridge Thursday.
Sweet Springs 7, Smithton 6
SMITHTON -- The Sweet Springs softball team recovered from an early 6-0 deficit to rally for a 7-6 non-conference win Monday at Smithton.
The Lady Tigers got a pair of unearned runs in the first inning and scored four times in the second, two on junior Alysa Cairer's single, but senior Kara Kreisel took care of matters the rest of the way -- allowing only two more hits while tossing five scoreless frames.
The Lady Greyhounds didn't begin their comeback bid until the fifth, when sophomore Stephanie Kreisel cracked the goose egg on the scoreboard with a two-run single. Kreisel followed with a triple and came in on freshman Kristin Jones' base hit.
Krause doubled home a run in the sixth, but the big play of the game came off a bunt by senior Cymantha DelRosario with one out in the seventh.
Smithton (1-1) threw the ball away, allowing one run to score and putting DelRosario in position to cross with the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
The Lady Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Kreisel recorded her sixth strikeout to finish the game.
Krause was three for three with three RBIs for Sweet Springs (3-1).
Northwest 5, Santa Fe 3
ALMA -- Defense cost Santa Fe a 5-3 non-conference home to loss Monday to unbeaten Northwest of Hughesville.
Senior Sarah Christopherson surrendered only three hits and whiffed nine batters, but the Lady Chiefs committed six errors -- two by Christopherson herself -- to yield five unearned runs.
The only RBI for the Lady Mustangs (4-0) was on junior Kelcey Dankenbring's third-inning single.
Santa Fe had six hits off of freshman Mariah Wiskur, including singles by senior Ashton Smith and Christopherson for a run in the top of the first inning. Smith also had a single in the sixth, but wound up as one the 12 runners left on base by the Lady Chiefs (1-2).