It was conference night on Tuesday in the Mineral Area, and for half of the teams it was a good one. But for the other half, not so good, since the scores were a little bit lopsided.
North County 13, Potosi 0
POTOSI – The North County Raiders continued their dominance of the conference when they shut-out the Potosi Trojans on Tuesday, 13-0. The Raiders made the best of 11 hits, and Albert Cooley shut down the Trojans, allowing only two Potosi hits. Cooley struck out three batters in his five innings pitched.
Adam Howard hit his fourth home run in the last five games played, and went 2-3 for the night with three RBIs. Lucas Hulsey was 2-4 with a double, Ryan Blankenship went 3-3, and Justin Neeley was 1-3 with a double. Lance Eftink, Dusty AuBuchon and Nick Eckl each had one hit in the game.
Matt Reed and Matt Rogers were the lone hitters for Potosi. Rogers hit was a double.
North County, 5-1, will be at home on Thursday against Central. Potosi, 2-5, will play next at home on Monday against Cape Central.
Valle 13, Kingston 5
KINGSTON – The Valle Warriors scored first in their game against the Kingston Cougars on Tuesday. They also scored plenty in the their 13-5 win. Five of their runs came in the second inning, giving the Warriors control of the game.
Travis Uding pitched for Valle and threw five innings, giving up only one hit, and striking out seven batters and walking four.
Steve Collier was 4-5 with a double and a triple, while knocking in four runs in the process. Aaron Palmer was 3-4 with a double Phil Stoll was 2-3, and Uding was 2-4 with both hits being a double. Zach Wipfler went 3-4 in the game.
Kyle Smith was 2-3 with two doubles for Kingston, and Nathan Yates had a single and a double.
Valle picked up their first win, and will be home against Bismarck on Thursday. Kingston will travel to Caledonia on Thursday to play Valley.
Fredericktown 11, Farmington 1
FARMINGTON – The Fredericktown Blackcats scored two runs in the sixth inning and then held on to the 11-1 lead in the bottom of the inning to win the ballgame against the Farmington Knights. D.J. Hinkle pitched all six innings, allowing only six hits, two walks, and two hit batsmen, while striking out four batters.
Hinkle was backed up by great defense from his teammates as Fredericktown committed only one error in the game. The Blackcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.
Farmington’s only offensive surge came in the fourth inning when Josh Kimrey singled in Luke Vogelsang for Farmington’s lone run. Calvin Gipson and Tyler Halpin each homered for the Blackcats, and Sonny Cooper and Joaby Sikes each added a double.
Fredericktown, 3-2-1, will play next in the South Haven Tournament starting on Thursday. Farmington, 2-3, will host Ste. Genevieve on Thursday.
Ste. Genevieve 13, Central 3
STE. GENEVIEVE – The Ste. Genevieve Dragons unleashed their bats Tuesday and gave the baseball many long trips as they downed the Central Rebels 13-3 in five innings. The Dragons connected for five triples , a double and a home run to rock Central pitching for 12 hits. The Rebels had seven hits in the game.
Andy Miller picked up the win as he threw all five innings, allowing seven hits and striking out six batters. The Dragons posted Miller to a 9-0 lead after two innings of play. Dustin Fallert did much of the damage as he went 3-3 with a triple and a home run and also drove in six runs. Fallert’s three-run homer came in the fifth inning to end the game
Dane Werner, Miller and Houston Meyer each were 2-3 with a triple. Jake Donze was 2-2 with a triple, and Nathan Rice was 1-1 with a double.
Brice Boren and Jimmy Thompson were both 2-2, while Ronnie Calvird, Brock Boren and Bo Beckett each had one hit for the Rebels. Thompson drove in two runs and Calvird drove in one.
Ste. Genevieve, 4-3, will be next at Farmington, and Central, 2-4, will be at North County, with both games on Thursday.