Let’s change it up a bit, let’s take a close look at Class 1 rankings to begin things off here.
We have a new #1—Cooter Wildcats! Cooter moves up a couple notches to take over the top spot with their unblemished record. Meanwhile, #2 Oran pushed its record to 7-0 as they whipped Scott County Central(4-3) 10-0 in 5 innings. Zac Chasteen needed a scant 58 pitches during his 5 innings of work to wrap this one up in a hurry. This ten run explosion comes after a tight 1-0 win over Oak Ridge in their last win. Kody Moore blasted one over the boards and a double to lead the Eagles at the plate.
Slipping to #3 after two losses last week, the Concordia Orioles “righted their ship” as they shut out Wellington 5-0 as part of the 10th annual Frank White Classic held at Kaufmann Stadium. Carter Brown threw a gem for the O’s. He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out six in the outing which was somewhat abbreviated. Each coach had agreed to use their JV players in the final inning so all could enjoy the thrill of Kaufmann stadium. That’s high school sports…or, the way it should be.. from this person’s perspective.
At # 5 in class 1, LaPlata knocked off Canton 5-1 this week. Ace Hayden Fouch was the winning pitcher as the Bulldogs are now 6-0. Key hits came from Christian Bunch and Ty Hegginger in the win.
The #8 ranked, Class 1 team, Sturgeon, outhit a determined New Franklin Bulldog team 9-5 for a win this week. Sam Pollack and Spencer Kelly each banged out three hits to lead Sturgon. The pitching combo of Spencer Kelly and Koddie Schumaker pitched four and three innings respectively to gain the win. Kelly had quite a day—was the winning pitcher, went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a triple and two RBI’s.
Looking to break into the top ten in class 1 is Pilot Grove. Now 7-0 after beating Higbee 11-4 in CCAA action this week, Higbee took early leads twice in the game but the Tigers offense exploded for five runs in the 3rd to turn the tide. Outhitting Higbee 13-3, Pilot Grove was led by Kendall Kraus (3 for 4, double and 2 RBI) and Taylor Acton (2 for 4 with both hits being doubles)
Crystal City (11-2) remains on top of the Class 2 poll after two easy wins this week. The Hornets toppled St Pius X 10-0 and Valley Park 10-3 for their wins. Their only losses this week were to Mother Nature as a couple games were postponed. Nick Rothweiler (.550) and Alex Winkelmann(.500) are the regulars holding a .500+ hitting mark. A tough week is in store for the Hornets this week. A large school Hillsboro team, that’s been up and down as well as Valle Catholic ( #4, Class 2 team)and Orchard Farm (9-2). Stay tuned here for the Hornets results. Hear the Valle Catholic- Crystal city game on www.prepcasts.com
At #2, Conway (10-0) won three games this week. The best win of the week was the 3-2, 8 inning thriller over Fordland (6-4). Each team scored in the 4th and the 8th! Conway scored two runs in the top of the 8th and held off Fordland’s rally in the bottom half. Nathan Huckaby led the hitting attack by going 4 for 4 with a double.
The #4 team, Valle Catholic (7-3) handed the #7 team, Twin Rivers their first loss (5-1) of the season 7-3 this week. The Warriors are once again one of the elite teams of this class. Competing last week in the Red-Blue Tournament against Class 3 and Class 4 teams just sharpens their skills for post season. On Monday, Valle will dedicate their new baseball field “Alumni Field” vs St. Pius of Festus. Listen to that game also!!
Stockton(8-2), the #5 team saw a four run lead evaporate in the top of the 5th when Ash Grove plated four runs to tie the game. Stockton pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 6th and won 5-4. Ash Grove actually outhit the winners 8-6!
Slowing their climb up the ranks, Chaffee(#7, 10-2) took a tumble this week. The Red Devils fell to Scott City 6-4. The Rams took the lead when Chris Limbaugh jarred the ball loose at the plate which made it 5-4 Scott City (5-5-1). Chaffee had all types of chances in this one. Seven runners were stranded in the first four innings and 8 errors in the game kept Red Devil base-runners all over the place throughout this game. Jamie Scholz went the distance as he worked in and out of trouble more often than Houdini.
Still resting at #1(but maybe not for long) the Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats (11-2) had two one run games this week. Edging a strong Orchard Farm(9-2) Eagle team 9-8. WCA was tied at 7 after 5 innings with the Eagles. At Orchard Farm scored a run in the top of the 6th, the Wildcats crossed the plate twice to set up the win. The next day, Westminster dropped a 5-4, 9 inning game to Lutheran St-Charles(8-4).
Also splitting two games this week was the #2 ranked, St Francis Borgia Knights(10-2). Borgia’s ten game winning streak was snapped by Windsor(9-2) 12-2. Giving the Knights some of their own medicine, the Owls jumped on SFB for five runs in the first inning, scored three more in the 4th and the 5th as they broke it open early. Borgia had some early opportunities to score but stranded six runners between the 2nd and 4th innnings.
In line with the top two teams, #3 Notre Dame (Cape) NE won two of three games this week. The Bulldogs(8-1) dropped their first game as Jackson beat them 4-1. The next day, ND topped Poplar Bluff 12-10 in a slugfest. The shutout pitching of Eric Hayes capped off the week with a 5-0 whitewashing over Charleston.
Meanwhile, the #8 team, the Boonville Pirates (9-3) won a slugfest this week as they beat Hannibal 12-8. In addition to the 20 runs scored, there was 21 hits by both teams as pitchers struggled to have easy innings. Leading the way at the plate for the Pirates was Kyle VanderLinnden who as 2 for 3 with 3 RBI’s
Hoping to break into the top ten circle are the Kennet Indians. Now 8-1, the Indians used a huge 8 run explosion as they beat Sikeston(5-2) 10-2 this week. Andy Lack chalked up the win with 5 1/3 innings of good work including 9 strikeouts. Adam Grantham hit a double and a Home run for the winners.
The #1 ranked Howell Vikings tasted defeat for the first time this week and then tasted it again! After 13 wins (superstitious with the 13?), the Vikings fell to Cape Central 7-5. Central jumped on Howell for five first inning runs, tapped on another in the 2nd and 3rd and fought off the hard charging Vikings to gain the win and some attention from around the state. Howell HR’s by Jake Ivory and Gordy Gundaker turned the momentum around in the 5th. Another run in the 6th and runners in the 7th kept everyone glued to their seat for the entire game but Cape prevailed. On Saturday, intra-district rival, Howell Central (12-3)upended the Vikings(13-2) 4-1. Alex Erb was dominant on the bump for the Spartans. He scattered seven hits, had six strikeouts and walked only one in this outing. Central won their 8th game in a row and hopes to move into the top ten.
Hoping to move up a notch, the Rock Bridge Bruins(13-1) rocked Hickman 8-0 this week. Leadoff man Ryan Phillips shot the first pitch of the game over the fence to put the Bruins on the boards before most were sitting comfortably in their seat! John Miles (3-0) six scoreless innings and lowered his ERA to 0.30 for the year! Miles has committed to Mizzou after he graduates this year. Will this be our new #1 next week ?
Webb City, #3 team at 11-2, suffered an extra-inning 10-9 defeat to Neosho this week. Dalton McDaniels’ “walk-off” three run round trippler ended this see-saw game for Neosho. Neosho was on top 6-3 prior to 3 runs in the 5th and a run in th 6th by the Cardinals. Neosho forced extra innings with a run in the bottom of the 7th. Webb City plated two runs in the 8th only to see McDaniels’ blast end this thrilling game. Other news from Webb City, Tyler Burgess signed with MO State to play baseball. His 0.75 ERA last year was an integral part of the Cardinal success.
The #6 ranked Vianney Golden Griffins(13-2) had quite a week. The Golden Griffs won three one-run games ! Edging Parkay Central(2-11) 12-11 on Monday, the DeSmet Spartans(10-5) 6-5 on Tuesday and Howell North(12-5) on Thursday 7-6 (listen to replay of Vianney vs Howell , Vianney used late inning heroics twice to keep their week clean. A run in the 7th broke the tie with DeSmet to gain the win. Againt Howell North, a three run rally in the bottom of the 7th snatched victory from defeat. On Saturday, Vianney was beaten by Oakville(10-2) 6-4. Oakville used a five run 5th inning to knock off the high flying Griffins. Oakville was on the cusp of the top ten last week and fights to get a spot in their top ten.
St Louis U High (#7) remained flawless at 10-0 as they won their only game of the week over Chaminade 14-2.
The Branson Pirates (#8) had an up and down week. Beating Cathage 9-6, the Pirates had to rally as they trailed 6-3 after 4 innings. A five run inning in the 5th turned things around. Isaac Johnston had three hits and two ribbies to spark Branson’s offense. Later in the week, Branson was the victim of a two-run walk off HR by Ozark’s Michael Headlee in the bottom of the 7th. Ozark won this pitchers dual 2-1 as Headlee’s shot provided all the offense needed. Each team could only scratch out four hits in this well played game on a very windy day.
A tip of the ol' ball hat to two long-time, successful coaches in Missouri. Each of them notched their 400th career win this week. Steve Lael (Branson) and Bob Dunahue (Howell North) both broke the 400 barrier this week. Congrats to each to them and wishing you many more down the road!