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Conference has full slate of baseball games on Tuesday

FARMINGTON – The Farmington Knights nearly saw a conference game get away as the Potosi Trojans scored first and took the lead again in the third inning before the Knights would explode offensively in the sixth inning to secure a 6-2 conference win.

D.J. Politte for Potosi and Josh Boyer for Farmington locked horns from the pitching mound, but neither pitcher would get the win. Josh Taylor was the pitcher of record when Farmington took the lead for good. Potosi was only able to get two hits each off of Farmington’s two pitchers.

“We played really good defense tonight” said Farmington coach Craig Gibbs.. Farmington’s two pitchers only struck out three batters and had to rely on the Knights’ stellar defense behind them.

Farmington will be at Central on Thursday, and Potosi will travel to Ste. Genevieve the same day.

Potosi 101 000 0 – 2

Farmington 100 005 x – 6

Potosi –

Hitting: Rogers 2, Politte, White.

Pitching: LP- Politte 6i 6r 9h 8k

Farmington –

Hitting: Kimrey 2, Holman 2, King, Vogelsang, Usherwood, Taylor, King, Wulfert. 2b- Holman 2, Kimrey, King.

North County 14, Ste. Genevieve 4

STE. GENEVIEVE – The North County Raiders won by 10 runs, 14-4 over the Ste. Genevieve Dragons, but still had to go the distance since they did not get the lead until the top of the seventh inning.

Wes Foshee kept the Dragon hitters off-balance as he allowed only six hits for the Ste. Genevieve squad to be the winning pitcher for North County.

David Burle supplied firepower for the Dragons with a double and a three-run homer and four RBI.

The game was only 6-4 going into the seventh inning. Jake Donze kept North County off-balance, but the Raiders found reliever Tanner Wolk’s pitches more to their liking.

Adam Ketcherside made two defensive gems in centerfield to keep Ste. Genevieve from grabbing the lead in the game.

North County will host Fredericktown on Thursday.

North County 130 011 8 – 14

Ste. Genevieve 100 003 0 – 4

North County –

Hitting: Harris 3, Peterson 3, Eckl 2, Hawkins 2, Eftink, Blankenship, Thompson, Burt, Blunt. 2b- Peterson 2, Blunt. 3b- Harris.

Pitching: WP- Foshee 6i 4r 6h 5k 1bb, Blankenship 1i 1k.

Ste. Genevieve –

Hitting: Burle 2, Hess 2, Greminger, Schweigert. 2b- Burle, Hess. HR- Burle.

Pitching: LP- Donze 5i 5r 7h 10k 2bb, Wolk 2i 9r 8h.

Fredericktown 8, Central 6

FREDERICKTOWN – The Fredericktown Blackcats hung on against the Central Rebels Tuesday to win their first game of the season, 8-6. Trailing 6-1, the Blackcats scored seven runs in the bottom fifth inning.

D.J. Hinkle, who had been roughed up in the first four innings, was regenerated with the outburst of Fredericktown runs and shut down the Central batters the rest of the way.

Central outhit Fredericktown 7-4, but three of the Blackcat hits were in the seven-run fifth inning to go along with three hit batters and three Rebel errors.

Matt Thompson was 3-4 with two home runs and four RBIs for Central.

Central 103 200 0 – 6

Fredricktown 100 070 x – 8

Central –

Hitting: Thompson 3, Calvird, Forsythe, Piel, Gann. HR- Thompson 2.

Pitching: LP- Forsythe

Fredericktown –

Hitting: Tinnin 2, Skaggs, Pruett. 2b- Pruett.

Pitching: WP- Hinkle 7i 6r 7h 10k 3bb.

West County 17, Valle 4

STE. GENEVIEVE – The West County Bulldogs jumped out early and scored all of their runs in the first three innings to go on to a 17-4 five-inning triumph over the conference-leading Valle Warriors. John Barnett set the tone on the mound for the Bulldogs with three scoreless innings of two-hit ball.

The Bulldogs had plenty of power with three home runs, including grand slams by James Abel and Sean Brake. The Bulldogs had a total of 13 hits in the game.

West County, 3-2 and 2-1 MAAA, will play next at Crystal City this afternoon. Valle, 3-1 and 2-1 MAAA, will play at Arcadia Valley on Thursday.

West County 23(12) 00 – 17

Valle 000 13 – 4

West County –

Hitting: Dowd 3, Barnett 2, Abel 2, Whitehead 2, Sullivan, Glore, Blair, Brake. 2b- Barnett, Abel, Whitehead. HR- Abel, Brake, Dowd.

Pitching: WP- Barnett 3i 0r 2h 3k 2bb, Hackworth 2i 4r 6h 2k.

Valle –

Hitting: Jokerst 2, Basler 2, Shilly, Wipfler. HR- Odneal.

Arcadia Valley 9, Valley 6

CALEDONIA – The Arcadia Valley Tigers scored five runs in the fourth inning and slugged out 16 hits to earn a 9-6 road win over the Valley Vikings on Tuesday.

The Tigers held a slim 1-0 lead before their offense broke out in the fourth. The Vikings scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to make things interesting before ultimately falling short.

Logan Smith went 2-for-3 at the plate and pitched a complete-game, nine-hitter with 14 strikeouts to earn the win. Nick Benz was a perfect 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored, while Luch Laird finished 3-for-4 with two RBI for Arcadia Valley (2-3).

Ryan Forbes led the Vikings’ attack by going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two runs scored. Kris Kearns also picked up a pair of singles. Jordan Kearns worked all seven innings and struck out two in the loss for Valley (1-2).

Arcadia Valley will host Valle in a key conference game on Thursday, while Valley travels to Bismarck.

Arcadia Valley 100 501 2 – 9 16 1

Valley 000 120 3 – 6 9 3

Arcadia Valley:

Hitting – Benz 4, Laird 3, Smith 2, Klinsbeck 2, Helms 2, Esselman, Yarbrough, Wilson. 2b – Laird, Smith, Esselman.

Pitching – Smith (W) 7i 6r 9h 14k 3bb.

Valley:

Hitting – Forbes 3, K Kearns 2, Martin, Fahland, Smith, J Kearns. 2b – Martin, Forbes. 3b – Forbes.

Pitching – J Kearns 7i 9r 16h 2k 3bb 5hp.

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