April 11, 2011 FLASH
Let's zero in on some of the top ten teams across the STATE to bring you up to speed on their latest play.
Tony Perkins' #1 ranked, Class 4 team, the Francis Howell Vikings upped its record to 12-0 with two more wins this week. The Vikings handled Ft Zumwalt South (a long-time rival) 10-2 and Duchesne Pioneers 14-6. There won't be any change at the very top this week in the voting. A busy four game schedule this week is on tap for this GAC South team. Listen to the Howell-Ft Zumwalt South game replay.
#5 CBC(8-2) was on opposite ends of their two games this week. Early in the week, the Cadets were hammered by Howell North 12-2. Bouncing back behind the superlative hurling of Stanford-bound, David Schmidt, the Cadets upended #6 Class 4 team, Vianney 9-1. Schmidt gave up 5 hits and 1 run as he enjoyed the three HR explosion from CBC's offense. Mike Ehrhard(#3 of the year), Brennan Devers and Parker Stewart all went yard.
#7 in the last Class 4 poll, Parkway South (8-0-1) had a rough week. Early in the week, South tied Parkway West(4-7) 11-11 then used a five run explosion in the 2nd inning to beat Summit (2-6) 7-5. Danny Holst is one of the area leaders in hitting with a .630 average, a .778 slugging percentage and 13 runs scored as he "jump starts" the Patriot offense. John Calloway's .615 average provides South with a potent 1-2 punch. Michael Patterson is the ace of the staff with a 3-0 mark and a slick 0.82 era.
#8 the Branson Pirates (4-2) had a quiet week as they won 10-1 on Friday over Odessa. The five run 6th inning broke things open in this one. Mike Compton continued his extra base barrage as he banged out a double and triple. Compton has an extra base hit in every game since the opening game.
#10 Truman(7-2) couldn't solve the magnificent 3 hit pitching of Nathan Shores of Park Hill(6-3) as they fell 5-1. A three run outburst in the 5th proved to be the diference. The ace of the Patriot staff James O'Dell tasted defeat for the first time this year in the loss. Park Hill hopes to move into the top ten.
Also looking to land in the top ten are the Howell North Knights coached by Bob Dunahue. The Knights are now 11-3 after going 3-0 this week with wins over St. Charles, CBC and Warrenton. Howell North owns impressive wins over Vianney (10-2), Howell Central (8-3) and CBC (8-2) in the 2011 campaign. The foursome of Mike Wilson, Braxton Martinez, Dan Define and Chris Volpo lead this potent, varied attack.
Like in class 4, the #1 class 3 team, the Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats went unbeaten this week. Posting a 3-0 mark with wins over Cuyahoga Valley, Lutheran North and Whitfield, their record was raised to 10-1-1. Jr. Tate Matheny, son of former Cardinal Mike Matheny, continues his powerful days at the plate. Not only is Matheny hitting .558 but his slugging average is 1.163. He has 14 extra-base hits including 3 dingers.
#2 Class 3 team, Notre Dame (Cape) pushed its record to 6-0 this week as they trounced Ste. Genevieve 15-3. ND outhit Ste. Gen 16-1 in this win. Jesse Schott banged one over the boards while Kyle Campbell went 3 for 3 from the dish.
#3 Springfield Catholic raised its record to 7-3 with three wins this week. A tough 12-11 win over Cassville was followed by two easy wins this week. The Fighting Irish bested Hollister 14-1 and Fordland 19-3 later in the week as they "put on" thier hitting shoes.
After winning the Red Division of the Red-Blue Tournament in Springfield, the Williard Tigers are fighting for a spot in the rankings. Now 11-2 after a 13-1, 5 inning championship win over Glendale, the Tigers are just 3 wins short of the 14 win total of 2010! The Championship in this annual tournament was its first in 15 years! Willard ace, Spencer Blackser grabbed the win to make his record 3-0 for the year.
In the Blue Division, Greenwood (Ark)(16-2) took the tourney crown by scoring 4 runs in the 8th to edge Ozark(5-5) 11-7. Returning home, so to speak, Greenwood coach Randy Gardner, a former Parkview coach and assistant at Hillcrest, has now won championships in both of this trips to the Red-Blue Tourney as the Greenwood coach.
After wrapping up the championship trophy of the 37th Annual Bill O'Dell Tournament in Carthage, the Carl Junction Bulldogs (8-4)have set their sights on top ten status. Riding the brilliant hurling of Payton Walker, the Bulldogs whipped the host school 7-1 on Saturday. After two Tiger runners in the first, Walker set down 15 of the next 18 batters. It was the first defeat of the season for Carthage (8-1). Carl Junction avenged an earlier season loss with the title win. Six of the eight hits came out of the the #6,7,8,9 spots of the Bulldog batting order. Maybe the lineup will be turned upside down next week ?
Grain Valley (8-0) crosses their fingers about the rankings as they won two games in the Marshall Tournament this week. In game 1, the Eagles rallied from behind to top the Marshall 6-3. Cody Cloughley banged out two hits with 2 ribbies to lead the Eagles to a 5 run 5th inning. The 2nd game 9-0 win over Windsor capped a DH sweep behind the strong pitching of Zach Zurbrick (3 hitter with 8 K's) and Cloghley (4 hitter, 12 K's).
Sitting atop the #2 polls are the Hornets of Crystal City (9-2). The Hornets compete in a predominantly Class 3 conference- Jefferson County Conference. This week, Crystal split a pair of games. The dropped a 7-3 contest to the Windsor Owls (7-2) and they pounded Herculaneum 15-0 for their win of the week. The Hornets have only surrendered 27 runs in 11 games! Ace Alex Winkelmann has been tremendous in 2011. He's 3-0, 0.86 era, 52 K's and only 7 walks in his four starts. Valle Catholic traveled to compete in the Red-Blue Tournament in Springfield and faced teams that were primarily class 4. That type of scheduling, against larger-strong schools, pays dividends down the road.
With a 10-1 record, the Chaffee Red Devils look to move into the rankings. This week Chaffee broke open a tight 3-1 score after 5 innings by scoring 2 runs in the 6th and 6 in the 7th to win a deceptively sounding 11-1 win over Leopold. Andrew Dooley gave up only 3 hits as the winner. Cody Payne was 3 of 4 for the winners at the plate.
Ranked #1 in class 1, the Concordia Orioles fell twice this week. The defending class 1 champs took it on the chin both times. Santa Fe(#6,and a state wide power in class 1) smacked the Orioles 15-3 on one day. The next day, the Lexington Minutemen scored nine runs in the 6th to win 17-7! Lexington (3-4) outhit Concordia 14-8 in this heavy hitting game.
#4, class 1 team, the Oran Eagles moved its record to 6-0 with 13-8 win over Scott City (2-4-1). Super soph Kody Moore started his first game of the year and went six strong innings to lead the Eagles. Moore, not only dominated on the mound, he continued his torrid hitting. He went 3 for 5 with two doubles and 4 RBI's. Amazingly, Scott City pounded out three dingers. Jamie Scholz, Chris Limbaugh and Heath Pobst all took round trippers.
Working to move into the top ten, Cairo (5-0) won a thrilling 9-8 win over Paris. Trailing 7-3, the Coyotes of Paris scored two run in the 6th and three more in the 7th to take an 8-7 lead. Two of these three runs scored on an error. Ironically, Paris returned the favor in the bottom of the 7th as both the tying and winning run scored on an overthrow.
Dadeville(6-1) had its Class 1 top-ten hopes slowed down when they were outslugged 18-13 by Pleasant Hope(4-3). Pleasant Hope slugged out 18 hits and survived ten of thier own errors to take the win. Dadeville was handed their first defeat of the year.
TOUGHEST LOSS OF THE WEEK:
The Chillicothe Hornets (2-5) trailed 9-3 to Lafayette (St Joseph) when they hung up a "9" (9 hits and 9 runs) in the 6th inning to take a 12-9 lead. Things looked good for the Hornets! Lafayette scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th (including the winning run on an error) to grab a wild 13-12 win over the Hornets.
ANOTHER LOSING NO-NO
In back-back weeks, we have a hurler who twirls a no-hitter only to find himself on the short end of the score! Rogersville's (4-7) Ethan Schlesener pitched a no-hitter but lost 2-1 to the Bolivar Liberators(6-5). Bovivar pushed both of their runs across on an error (real surprise there) and a balk. Both teams scored in the first inning and then nothing but goose-ggs for the next 6 innings!