(KMOV)-- This week, three of the #1 teams fell to their opponents. In many cases, however, the #1 were facing other top ten teams. It's great for these programs to be willing to schedule other top flight teams. Let's take a closer look now. But if you prefer, check the MHSBCA rankings yourself first, then see what these teams did this week.
In Class 4, many of the top teams played a full schedule this week. Often this leads to going deep into the pitching rotation. It's fairly obvious that a #3 or #4 starter wouldn't have the results of your ace or #2. So don't read too much into these "tough" weeks for some of these teams. When district rolls around, the numero uno and the #2 will be on the bump.
The #1 ranked, Rock Bridge Bruins had a busy week. Coach Justin Towe had to go deep in his pitching rotation against several quality teams. On Monday, the Bruins(Class 4, #1 team) edged Helias 3-2, on Tuesday Jeff City fell to Rock Bridge 13-3. On Wednesday on a game that you may hear as a replay Rock Bridge vs CBC, CBC toppled the Bruins 8-4. Brennan Devers went the distance for the win, Mike Ehrard bombed his 8th round tripper of 2011 and Derek Cornell banged out 3 hits for the Cadets. Rock Bridge bounced back the next day as they impressed many scouts with their 13-3 win over the #3 ranked, Howell Vikings (23-3). The score was 5-3 entering the 6th inning when the Bruins crossed the plate eight times and the mercy rule was invoked. John Miles (headed to Mizzou) was impressive on the bump. The Bruins clearly indicated that with their #1 or #2 on the mound, they are state contenders.
Parkway South (#2, 19-3) suffered through a 1-2 week. Splitting games with Eureka (12-9) in a Suburban West 2-game series started the week. Later in the week, the Kirkwood Pioneers (8-11) upset the Patriots 8-7. Zac Boswell's grand slam set the tone for the Pioneers.
At the #3, Tony Perkins' Howell Vikings dropped their game to Rock Bridge but won their other two games of the week. An easy 15-2 win over Hillsboro and a tight, probably much tighter than expected, 10-8 win over Parkway West (10-13). The injury to Case Munson is a tough loss for the Vikings.
The Liberty Bluejays at #6 have pushed their record to 20-3 as they continue their winning streak to eleven games. The 12-2 win this week over Blue Springs avenged an earlier 3-2 defeat. The 13 hit attack was led by Braden Brown's 2-3, 3 RBI performance. The other win this week was a close 14-11 win at Blue Springs South. The Bluejays trailed 8-3 after 3 innings prior to banging home 10 run in the final 3 innings. Matt Dye was the hero in this one. He went 3 for 5, had 3 runs batted in and picked up the save!
The #7 team, Lee Summit West (19-4) bounced back with three wins this week after losing two last week. Tough wins this week over St Joseph-Central 2-1 and North KC 1-0 shows the talent on the Titan pitching staff.
The Oakville Tigers (#9, 17-6) had a rugged 1-3 week this week. Splitting games with Lafayette (won 11-5, lost 12-4) early in the week, the Tigers dropped consecutive games to Lindbergh by the same score 8-4. Friday's loss was an 8 inning game that Oakville rallied to tie the game 4-4 in the 7th but left the bases loaded. Lindbergh(14-7)seemingly sensing new life, crossed the plate four times in the 8th. Listen to this entire, exciting 8 inning game Lindbergh @ Oakville. The hitting star for the Flyers was Sean Murphy who had three hits including a two-run home run. Lindbergh had been beaten by Oakville in district last year and felt a sweep was necessary to avenge that tough loss. Coach Darin Scott has seen his squad continue to improve and may now be looking for a top ten spot.
Also hoping to land in the top ten are the Vianney Golden Griffins (18-7) led by Coach Scott Brown. The Grifs are currently riding a five game winning streak now (through Friday) including impressive wins over CBC (15-4) 8-4 and Howell Central(19-5) 10-5. Six of the seven Grif losses have been by 3 or less runs as they play a schedule loaded with top flight teams. Apparently miffed by not being mentioned for the past couple weeks in the Prepcasts flash, the Golden Griffins modified their team cheer at the end of practice this week. For this week, as the team gathered for the post-game or post-practice talk and broke with a cheer, the chant simply became "Bob" as they hoped that it would motivate themselves further. Or maybe, it was so that I would hear them and put them in the flash. Mission accomplished Grifs ! From my point of view, it sounded like fun! My name has never been used as a rallying cry previously but..what the heck...why not? The win over CBC where the prolific Vianney bats were sizzling (10 hits in first 3 innings) may be heard again on CBC vs Vianney replay.
Other teams on the outside looking in that may merit attention are the Howell Central Spartans (19-5), CBC (15-4), Farmington (15-3) and Jefferson City(13-6).
At #1 the Westminster Wildcats (17-3) went 3-0 this week. The best win of the week was a win over the surging Lutheran South Lancers(14-9) 9-3. The Wildcats have two tough games on tap this week as they face MICDS (13-5) and John Burroughs(12-6). Tate Matheny is one of three regulars hitting over .500 for the slugging Cats.
St Francis Borgia (17-4) went 2-2 for the week. Opening the week with losses on Monday and Tuesday to Hermann (8-8) 6-5 and Chaminade (8-9) 2-0 respectively, Borgia finished the week by winning the last two games. Wins over St clair 9-1 and Warrenton 10-0 followed later in the week. In the Warrenton victory, Cody Gardner allowed just two hits in the shutout win. This week may cause the Knights to fall in the rankings.
Listed at #4, the John Burroughs Bombers(12-6) are in the grips of a five game losing streak! Coach Andy Katzman dropped two games to MICDS(13-5) by 7-5 and 13-3 scores. A 3-2 loss to a talented Ladue (14-4) squad completed this week of action. Alex Jasiek (.488) and Davey Holmes(.475) have been big contributors to the Bomber offense all year long.
Notre Dame (Cape) (#6, 13-3) lost their first game of the week when Scott City upset them. Scott City(8-6-1--don't you love to see tie scores?) scored two runs in the bottom of the 7th to pull out a 9-8 win. This game saw 25 total hits...wonder how long it lasted? Forrest Copeland drove home the winning run of the game. Notre Dame's pitchers hurled back-back shutouts in the next two games this week. Jr. Cody Heisserer went the distance in the 6-0 whitewash of Cape Central. Steve Carmen was the winner in the 10-0, 5 inning win over Kelly the next day. Talking about #1, #2 and #3's as starters....take a look at this week for ND !
At #7, N. Calloway finally had their unblemished record tarnished. After going 15 straight games with wins, N. Calloway lost to Fatima 11-1 in the semifinals of the Fulton Tournamennt. The Comets roughed up ace Grant Cundiff as they finished this one off in 5 innings. Fatima is a team to watch in the post-season!
The Boonville Pirates ran their win total to 17 and were holding a nine game win streak when the Oak Grove Panthers gained some "pay-back" from an earlier season loss and whipped the Pirates 11-0. Zac Taylor pitched a three-hitter in the 5 innings and matched the Pirate hit total himself as he was 3 for 3 at the plate! Oak Grove had received some votes but now has to be strongly considered a top ten team with this one-sided victory. MICDS hung up two wins over Burroughs so they also have to be knocking at the door.
There are several other teams hoping to joing the top-ten dance. One is the Kennett Indian (16-2). This week they won the Bootheel Conference Tournament Championship (for the 3rd consecutive year) as they handled the Malden Green Wave 9-1. Thomas Stillman blasted a home run and drove home two runs for the Indians. Another team is Potosi (15-3) who won two games this week. The Trojans beat W.County 13-3 and N. County 5-1 this week. And, we'd be remiss if we didn't include the red-hot Ste. Genevieve Dragons. Now 11-5 after knocking off the #1 seed-Farmington in the semifinals of the MAAA Tornament. The 4th seeded Dragons upended their intra-city rival, Valle Catholic(17-4), 7-6 in 8 innings in the Championship game of the tournament. Down 6-2 entering the bottom of the 6th, Valle rallied to tie the game with 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th. The defending two-time tourney champ seemed to have the "mo-jo" in their dugout. But...no...Ste. Genevieve, a squad of many talented sophomores, had Sr. Michael Haynes rip a triple to right field to drive home the winning run. District 1 of Class 3 should be lots of fun with ND, Ste. Gen, Kennett and Scott City !
As mentioned above, #1 Valle Catholic(17-4) lost a heart-breaker in the Championship game of the MAAA Tournament. Thus far this year, Valle has rolled past most Class 2 opponents (save Crystal City) with ease.
#2 Crystal City(15-4) won both its games this week. The Hornets handled Charleston easily 11-1 followed by a 5-0 shutout of St. Vincent. These wins aren't enought to push the Warriors off of the throne (#1 spot in Class 2).
At #6, the Chaffee Red Devils continued their winning ways this week. Now 16-3, the Devils beat Saxony Lutheran 9-3. Chaffe scored in each of the first five innings and coasted to the win. Daniel Dooley struck out 7 in his 4 2/3 innings of work.
A team deserving of some recognition is the 12-5 Barat Academy team. Tough losses to Hancock and Kennedy have slowed down their express but what a year for them!!
Like several other #1 ranked teams, Oran had its unbeaten, winning streak snapped. Maybe, an omen last Saturday had some wondering. Last Saturday in the Championship game of the Chaffee Tournament, mother nature's heavy rain downpour stopped an 11-1 game that Oran was leading over Shawnee, Ill in the 5th inning. Was this a sign that the streak wouldn't continue ? This week, the Eagles lost in 8 innings to a fired up Charleston team 4-3. Charleston rode the strong pitching of their ace, James Naile. It's doubtful that this single loss in extra innings will bump the Eagles from the top rung of the rankings.
It was the best of times and the worst of times for Laplata's (#3) batters this week. A 19-0 shellacking of Brashear saw the bats red-hot from #1 to #9 in the lineup. Hayden Fouch, Clay Tyler and Taylor Wheeler all bombed home runs. On Friday, Pilot Grove stymied the bats and beat LaPlata 2-1 ! The beauty of high school sports, ya never know what you'll see on a given day. With that 2-1 win over LaPlata, #6 Pilot Grove raised its record to 8-2.
On Tuesday, the #4 Concordia Orioles used their powerful bats to knock three over the boards in a 6-2 win over Wellington-Napolean. Drew Smith popped out a 2 run blast in the 1st inning. Carter Brown hit one in the 5th and Tolias (no first name available) blasted a 2 run dinger in the 6th.
Holding a 15-2 record in the 7th spot is Winona. Still smarting after last Saturday's tough 6-3 loss to #2 Dora, no scores were reported this week. Sounds like lots of practice.....ugh…..tough at this time of the year.
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