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Miners and Chiefs split double-header showdown

BONNE TERRE – The MABA 16-year-old baseball league opened play on Saturday, and the two teams which are expected to contend for the league title met for a crucial double-header at North County High School. Nothing was settled between the Farmington Chiefs and North County Miners as the two games were split.

The Chiefs used great defense and some seventh inning magic to pull out a 3-1 win in the opener. The game was tied when Farmington’s Waylon Gonz reached first base on a wild third strike. Logan Smith followed with a RBI hit to put the Chiefs on top, then scored an insurance tally on another clutch hit.

Dustin Bess struck out three batters and scattered four hits and three walks over seven innings to earn the victory. Aaron Blunt pitched well in the loss for North County.

The Miners responded emphatically with an easy 9-1 victory in game two. Tyler Beers led the charge by going 4-for-4 at the plate, and Josh Jaco was 2-for-3 with a triple. Ronnie Calvird had a triple among his two hits while Blunt and Chad Moss had two singles each. Nick Counts added two hits including a double.

Derek Stroup took the loss on the mound, but had two hits for the Chiefs. Mark Lupkey singled in his only at-bat. The Chiefs will play Potosi next Saturday while the Miners battle Ste. Genevieve.

13-YEAR-OLD LEAGUE

Marlins 17, Astros 7

Marlins 11, Astros 1

PARK HILLS – The Leadwood Marlins started the MABA 13-year-old season with a pair of wins on Saturday, defeating the Park Hills Astros 17-7 in the first game of a double-header, and 11-1 in the nightcap.

Levi Barton struck out five batters over four innings to earn the win in game one, and Matt Franklin tossed two innings in relief. Trevor Kean went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI, while Kevin Braucksieker was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI.

Cody Goodson added two singles with three runs scored and three RBI for the Marlins. Jerid Rhodes countered with two hits for the Astros, and teammate Kohl Lewis added a triple.

Braucksieker got the win in game two with 11 strikeouts and only three hits allowed. He also drove in three runs with three hits, including a triple. Barton had two hits and three RBI while Goodson finished 2-for-2. A.J. Pierce doubled home two runs and Clint Thomas had one single in each game.

Lewis picked up a double for the Astros. Jordan Pace and Jeff Counts each had singles. The Marlins will face the Blue Jays on Saturday, and a the Astros are set to meet the Raiders.

Raiders 19, Blue Jays 5

DESLOGE – The North County Raiders thrived on offense in the second of two games against the Farmington Blue Jays on Saturday. The Raiders followed a 16-6 win from earlier in the day with a 19-5 triumph.

Tanner Beers scattered seven hits and worked all five innings in the victory. He also picked up two hits at the plate. Cody Mahurin went 5-for-5 with four doubles in a huge night, while Nate Maeys went 3-for-5 with two triples. Derek Emily added two singles and Sam Hulsey had a double.

Ethan Bullard led the Blue Jays by going 2-for-3 with a triple, and Zack Thomas was a perfect 2-for-2. Dennis Chandler, Brett Shelton and Anthony White each had one single.

CAL RIPKEN MINOR

Rangers 16, Cards 2

Rangers 25, Cards 3

BONNE TERRE – The Bonne Terre Rangers were on cruise control throughout a double-header sweep of the Bismarck Cards on Saturday. The Rangers rolled to a 16-2 triumph in game one, then exploded for a 25-3 win in game two.

Austin Johnson struck out eight batters to earn the win in the first contest, and Dylan Emily fanned five on the mound in the nightcap.

Derek Mitchell was 3-for-3 with two home runs in the opener, and Emily was 2-for-2 with one homer. Jace Burt was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and Kaleb Warden had two hits with a triple. Johnson added a single and double while Jonathan Stabenow picked up two singles.

Elliot Sutton doubled to lead Bismarck in game one. Cody Davis, Logan Blunt, Tyler Halter and Klayton Loughary each had singles.

The Rangers connected for four home runs in game two, including two more from Mitchell. Bradley Bess was 4-for-5 with a homer, and Eric Thompson had a home run among his two hits.

Stabenow also finished up with four hits while Emily had three, including two doubles. Burt, Warden and Garrett Coffman added two hits apiece. Jason Ragsdale led the Cards with two singles.

The Rangers will play a crucial double-header against the Expos in Park Hills on Saturday. The Cards will also meet the Stingers in Potosi on that evening.

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