This week, some teams were able to squeeze in some games and others lost out to Mother Nature's spring showers. Each week, we've been trying to high light some of the top ten teams. There has been an effort to "spread the wealth" about as many different teams as possible. So, if your team isn't mentioned this week, make sure to send us some impressive "goodies" for next weeks flash. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
#1 Francis Howell rebounded from last week's loss with four resounding wins to raise their record to 17-2. Far and away the most exciting victory was the 13-10 win over Vianney. The Vikings scored 7 runs in the bottom of the 7th on Case Munson's HR blast. It was a record breaking day for Munson. He was 4 for 5, with 9 RBI's and 3 Home Runs !!
# 4 The Staley Falcons pushed their mark to 10-1 with an 8-4 over Park Hill this week.
At the #5, the Parkway South Patriots, coached by Adam Stahl, still hold an unblemished record at 15-0. The Pats beat the Lafayette Lancers twice this week (back-back days) 8-6, and 6-4. South has won five games this year by two runs or less (I guess that means 1 run!). The leading hitters for this team who hope to move up in the ratings are John Calloway (.600), Danny Holst (.542) and Anthony Duke (.511).
As a side note, I like the new Suburban conference approach in baseball. The teams are playing back-back conference games with the same opponent. Clearly this heightens the importance of a deeper pitching staff, the ability to adjust at the plate and on the bump, to stay focused.
#8 spot is filled by Lee Summit West. The Titans are now 11-2. Two wins this week over Wm Chrisman 15-0 and Summit Christian Academy 21-0 were followed by a tight 3-1 loss to Lee Summit North. Each team scored a run in the 1st inning and then the pitching dominated until North pushed a tally over in the 6th inning for the win.
Several other teams have their eyes set on the top ten and are piling up impressive credentials while doing so. Watch these teams closely!
The Oakville Tigers are now 12-2 after beating Vianney last Saturday and Mehlville twice this week. The 8-1 win on Tuesday was a 2 hit , 12 strikeout gem by Chad Gendron. Coach Rich Sturm seems to always find a way to get his Tigers in post-season play in the fall and spring (he coaches softball in the fall)
The Pacific Indians (11-1) won two more ball gams this week in the Four Rivers Conference. Hermann fell 15-2 on Monday and Union 6-0 on Thursday.
The Jefferson City Jays are now sporting a healthy 12-4 record after hanging up two more "W's" this week. The Jays slugged their way to 12-6 win over Hickman as they pounded out 14 hits. Later in the week, Jeff City beat Rolla 7-2. Paul McMahon chalked up the complete game with as he gave up 6 hits and struck out 6 in the victory.
Blue Springs South (6-1) have lost more games to the weather than to anyone else. On Tuesday, the Jaguars squeezed in two games (one tourney game and one non-leage game). South beat O'Hara 10-2 and Belton 6-4 for a twin-killing.
Not to be forgotton are the Farmington Knights! The Knights are 9-1. Their only loss was a 5-4 thriller to Notre Dame (Cape). In 8 of the 9 wins, Farmington has held their opponents to 2 runs or less ! WOW !
#1 rated, Cooter Wildcats saw their perfect mark vanish. Now 8-2(the first loss was to a Class 2 power-Twin Rivers), the Wildcats dropped a thrilling 2-1 game to the Senath-Hornersville Lions. Exon Moncada was the complete game winning pitcher for the Lions. A superb defense kept the Wildcats offense at bay. A diving catch in the 6th and a double play in the 7th were key components of the Lions win. Unrated, Senath-Hornersville crosses their fingers as they look at next week's ratings.
#2 Oran is making a move to grab the top spot in Class 1. Now 13-0 after two wins this week, the Eagles fought off a late rally by a determined East Prairie (4-6) team and won 5-3. A day earlier, Oran smashed four first inning doubles and set the tone for a 12-2 drubbing of Saxony Lutheran. Saxony is a talented 9-2 team but, on this day, they had no answer for the sizzling Eagle bats. Tyler Huering and Nolan Urhahn blasted round trippers for Oran.
The #3 Concordia Orioles shut out Braymer 11-0 in five innings in their only contest of this rained filled week.
At #1, the Westminster Wildcats(12-1-1) bounced back after their loss to Lutheran St-Charles last week. In two convincing wins, the Wildcats "had their way" in 17-2 win Principia and a 11-1 win over a Class 4 team-Chaminade. Tough games with MICDS and Ladue loom on this week's schedule.
Still at #2, the St Francis Borgia Knights won both their games this week. A 14-11 win over the DeSoto Dragons saw a game that was tied after the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th innings. A 3-run 6th inning was the difference for the Knights. This slugfest had five dingers ! For Borgia, Trent Leimkuehler belted two over the boards while Cody Gardner joined him for a 4-bagger. The Dragons had home runs from Tanner Benton and Cody Carlin. The second win of the week was a 11-1 win over cross-town rival-the Washington Bluejays.
With a 10-1 record, John Burrough hopes to move upward from their #5 spot. This week the Bombers racked up two more wins. They beat Christian of O'Fallon 6-5 on Monday as a 3-run, 7th inning was needed to snatch this win. On Thursday, Burroughs won a 10-2,
The #8 Boonville Pirates(13-3) had a very busy week as they competed in a wood-bat tourney. On one of the tourney days, Boonville's hurlers didn't allow a run in either game! Kyle VanderLinden twirled a two-hitter in the 6-0 win over Centralia. In the abbreviated, 5 inning 2nd game of the day, Grant Davis threw a no-hit, 5 walk 5-0 win over the Hickman Kewpies(7-9). Boonville did fall to Grain Valley 4-3 on the first day of the tournament. Ironically, Grain Valley (14-2), who is making a bid for top ten recognition, was dropped by Centralia (4-6) by a 7-1 score.
While we're on the "no hitter" theme, add these to the collection. Holden's Jake Bryant threw a no-no against Carrollton in a 5 inning 13-0 win a a Missouri River Valley Contest. Holden is now 7-6 for the year. Another no-no could be found in Warrensburg as Austin Granger took care of KC Center. The 21-0 win was a 5 inning contest.
Orchard Farm and Winfield, each 10-3, are knocking on the top-ten door as each continues to stack up the wins. Orchard Farm had a come-from-behind 4-3, 8 innings win over Laddonia (R-VI). A two run 7th kept the Eagles alive and they crossed the plate with the winner in the 8th.
The best matchup of the week was Crystal City (#1) taking on Valle Catholic (#4). These two teams have won the Class 2 title each of the last 2 years. Valle won it in 2009 while Crystal defeated Valle in the state tourney and won the title in 2010. On this day, the potent bats of the Warriors (10-3)would not be denied. Valle scored multiple runs in four different innings in route to a 13-7 win over Crystal City (12-4). Andrew Bader led the hitting barrage as he went 3 for 3 and scored four runs for Valle. Alex Stoll also chipped in with 3 hits and drove home a run. Valle scored 4 runs in the 1st, the Hornets grabbed the lead in the top of the 3rd as they plated five runs. From then on, the Warrior bats took control of the game.
On the next day, Crystal City threw their ace- Alex Winkelmann against the Orchard Farm Eagles (10-3). Winkelmann was superb! He shut Orchard Farm 2-0, allowing just 5 hits and striking out 15 (15 of the 21 outs)!
The #7 ranked, Chaffee Red Devils elevated their record to 12-2 win a win this week over Bell City 11-1. Alex Davie raised his record to 4-0 with the victory. The Red Devils capitalized on a leaky Bell city Defense that suffered through 7 errors.
West County is making a play for rankings honors as they banged out 14 hits in a 13-6 over Kinsgton this week. W. County scored in six of the seven innings. Kyle Harrison was the winning hurler with five strong innings and he provided the offensive punch with a 3 for 5, 4 RBI hitting performance.
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