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Ste. Genevieve sophomore Chad Donze pitches during the MAAA baseball tournament third-place game against Central on Saturday.

Matt King, Daily Journal

Ste. Genevieve 4, Central 2

STE. GENEVIEVE – Daniel Vaeth drove in three runs, and pitcher Chad Donze went the distance Saturday to help the Ste. Genevieve baseball team capture third place in the MAAA tournament.

Leadoff man Derek Morganthaler scored twice while going 2-for-2, and the fourth-seeded Dragons got past Central 4-2 while playing flawless defense.

Each team had six hits in the contest, and Ste. Genevieve (15-10) never trailed after Waylon Kemper singled and scored on a Grant Staffen ground out in the second inning.

Donze threw effectively to contact and secured the complete-game win without nearing his maximum amount of available pitches.

Vaeth widened a 2-1 lead with a big two-out, two-run single against Central lefty Dillon Manion after Brandon Hinson singled and Morganthaler hustled out an infield hit in the fifth.

The Rebels drew closer when Luke Gaia beat an RBI infield single to extend the game, but previous batter Matt Richardson was retired on a superb ranging play by Staffen at second base.

Jace Bland went 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Richardson, Garett Bowen and Holden Mayberry added singles for Central (7-16), which placed fourth despite being seeded 10th.

Manion pitched all six innings and struck out one over six innings. He induced a double play after Ste. Genevieve put runners at the corners in the opening frame.

Dalton GIesler singled and walked for the Dragons.

Valle Catholic 4, Farmington 2

STE. GENEVIEVE – Chris Loida pitched a complete game and escaped a bases-loaded mess in the seventh inning to lead Valle Catholic past Farmington 4-2 in the MAAA tourney fifth-place game.

Tristan Rollhaus had two RBI and Kaden Bauman drove in another for the Warriors (21-3), who extended a 2-1 lead with two runs in the fifth inning.

Loida recorded four strikeouts and allowed two runs on five hits for the win.

Ryan Propst notched two hits to lead the Knights (9-10).

North County 6, Arcadia Valley 0

STE. GENEVIEVE – Kolten Poorman compiled nine strikeouts and threw a four-hitter as North County shut out Arcadia Valley 6-0 for seventh place in the MAAA tournament.

North County (15-7) scored three times in the sixth inning to strengthen a previous 3-0 advantage.

Drew Forney and Eli Claywell tallied two hits apiece to match Poorman, who also had two RBI for the Raiders.

Isaiah Gibbs pitched 5 2/3 innings and fanned four in defeat for Arcadia Valley (11-9).

Fredericktown 5, Bismarck 0

FREDERICKTOWN – Logan Winkelman and Justin DeBeaux combined for a shutout as Fredericktown salvaged ninth place in the MAAA tournament with a 5-0 triumph over Bismarck.

Isaak Starkey notched two RBI on two hits, and Jonathan Moore had a single and double to pace the Blackcats (8-10), who scored four runs in the third inning.

Winkelman allowed six hits plus three walks and struck out five over 5 1/3 innings for the win. DeBeaux obtained the last five outs in relief.

Grant Latham, Joey Gillyon and Shawn Mork provided two hits each for Bismarck (12-7). Hunter Drake totaled seven strikeouts over three innings on the mound.

Colten Rehkop singled twice, and Logan Watson added a sacrifice fly for Fredericktown.

Valley 10, Kingston 1

FREDERICKTOWN – Winning pitcher Ethan Matthews collected four hits and two RBI at the plate to lift Valley past Kingston 10-1 for 11th place in the MAAA tournament.

Dustin Payne added three hits while Andy Breakfield and Trent McClain drove in two runs each. Valley (9-11) built a commanding 6-0 lead through two innings.

Matthews notched seven strikeouts through four frames, and Thaddeus Heifner fanned four while earned a three-inning save.

Alex Wilson paced Kingston (1-17) offensively with three hits. Keith Jessen struck out six over four innings.

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