Triple plays are often the result of poor base running. Not so in the Championship game of the Oak Ridge Tournament. With the host school leading 1-0 over Leopold in the 3rd inning and runners on 1st & 2nd, a ground ball to 2B who shoveled it to the shortstop making the pivot and the relay. Meanwhile, the runner, running aggressively, tried scoring from second base. NOTHING DOING! Cut down, it was the everyday 4-6-3-2 triple play for Leopold. Leopold went on to grab a 6-3 win-- their first win every over Oak Ridge and their first tournament Championship in the Oak Ridge Tourney. Leading the way from the plate was Lance Seiler who was two of three ( a double and Home run). Stay tuned though...a conference rematch is this week and Oak Ridge(5-5) will have their ace ready for the Wildcats (6-3).
Sending you news of our first no-no's of the year! (I'm sure that they've been more but these are the first that we've learned about in MO). Damon Adrian (Eugene) twirled a 5 inning no-no in the Eagles 10-0, 5 inning victory this week. Adrian walked the first batter then retired the next 15 batters. At the plate, Adrian helped himself by going 2 for 2 with an RBI. Eugene(10-1) is ranked as the #4 team of Class 2 in Missouri.
Southpaw Tyler Burgess (Webb City) was sharp in his 4-0 shutout win over six-time defending class 2 Kansas Champ, St. Marys-Colgan(7-1). Burgess raised his personal record to 5-1 as the the Cardinals(9-3) handed the Panthers their first loss of the year. Burgess struck out 13 batters, permitted but 2 hits and walked none in the win. This type of sterling performance is nothing new to this Sophomore, he spun a no-no himself earlier this year as the Cardinals tumbled Carl Junction 8-0 (15 K's on that day!)
Union Coach, Ryan Bailey, must have thought it was ground hog day. His Wildcat team won two Four Rivers games by identical 10-0 scores. On Tuesday, Tyler Thompson recorded our 2nd no-hitter of the week as he white-washed New Haven. He was followed by a two-hitter on Thursday from Ashton Goudeau as Union shut down St James in 5 innings.
OTHER PITCHING GEMS.....
#2, Class 4 team, the Rock Bridge Bruins(12-1) used Ryan Phillips stout, if not spectacular pitching, to edge Hickman 3-2. Phillips scattered 8 hits during his time on the bump and used the bat of Todd Reller who drove home all three runs. The Kewpies(5-4) scored the first earned run of the year against Phillips in this contest.
Sr. Payton Bosserman raised the Grain Valley record to 8-2 with an 8-0 win over Harrisonville in a MO River Valley-West conference game. The Eagles crossed the plate six times in the first inning then rode the 3 hit, 12 strikeout, 2 walk performance of Bosserman to the winners circle.
Helias', Jeremy Hart, scattered six hits in six innings as the Crusadors upped their mark to 11-2 with a 6-2 win over Mexico. Hart allowed just one earned run and struck out four in his first work from the mound all year.
#1 vs #1 in one game !!.......................
When Eureka (#1, Class 4 team) hosted Notre Dame (Cape)-#1 ranked class 3 team--something had to give. Eureka scored a run in the bottom of the 7th on a sac fly to left field from Chase Bollinger driving home a sliding Logan Meyer to give the Wildcats a 3-2 victory. The game was played in a drizzle though out most of the game. ND dropped to 8-1 on the year while Eureka completed a really tough week. The Wildcats(11-4), who entered the week with only one loss all year, dropped games to Marquette, Vianney, Parkway West in a four day span. The win over the defending Class 3 Champions made their weekend much more enjoyable!
I DIDN'T GIVE AT THE OFFICE; I GAVE ON THE FIELD...
Perryville's bats were completely silent for 5 2/3 innings as Kyle Rollet (St Vincents) was dominating on the mound. A lone single in the 6th to end the no-no attempt did not result in any runs so the Pirates trailed the Indians 2-0 going into the bottom of the 7th. A HBP started the 7th for Perryville, a line drive hit which was misplayed allowed the first run to score. After a wild pitch and a walk, the tying run scored on a double play. Extra innings...after St Vincent (4-6) went out without a run in the top of 8th, the walking bugaboo bit the Indians. With one out, a walk (Rollet replaced), stolen base had winning run on 2B. When the next batter struck out, the ball got away from the catcher, his errant throw to first base went into right field and the winning run scored from second base....ugh....what a way to lose to a rival.
But...it happens frequently in baseball. The team that finishes with the most runs doesn't always do it by scoring runs on their own.
Hickman was holding onto a 5-2 lead over Jeff City(8-8) as the final half of the 7th inning began. Without a hit, the Jays win 6-5 on an error, three hit-by-pitch, wild pitch and two walks. Just a bit over a week ago, Hickman pummeled the Jays 17-3 ! You figure.....
Hazelwood West sits atop the Suburban North Conference with a two game lead in conference (8-4, 7-0). Justin Harms (.474) and Robert Wright (.440) have been the power sources at the plate. The Wildcats have a very tough stretch between May 6 to May 12 as they'll face Hazelwood Central (9-5,5-2) in a Sub North game. Following the Hawks are Holt (10-4), Howell (11-5) and Howell Central(10-5) as the Wildcats take a tour through the GAC South.
Despite the glittering records of the three teams listed above, the GAC-South leader (at the moment) is Ft Zumwalt South (12-2,1-0). The Bulldogs have held their opponents to three runs or less in ten of their 14 games. AJ Walkenhorst, is the horse, as he carries a 4-0 record and a 0.64 ERA.
The Holt Indians also look to the mound for their strength. Holt's pitching has only allowed 11 runs in the last 8 games! Nolan Fisher brings a 3-0 mark and a 0.95 ERA.
Meanwhile, Tony Perkins has his Howell Vikings blasting the ball all over the place. His team has scored double figures six times and been held under six runs only four time this year. Brett Graves (.481) and Jake Ivory (.455) are leading the way.
Next Monday, you can hear the Ft Z South-Howell game on www.prepcasts.com. Tune in BJ Schulte for all the exciting action
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