FREDERICKTOWN – The new North County soccer team could not find an answer to stop a lethal Fredericktown scoring tandem on Wednesday.
Senior Dustin Bess netted a hat trick plus an assist, and junior Logan Royer buried two more goals to give the Blackcats their second consecutive victory in a 5-0 shutout over the Raiders.
Bess tallied his first marker five minutes into the action on an assist from Drew Johnson, then added goals in the 55th and 73rd minutes to extend the Fredericktown lead. Bess has struck for five goals in his last two matches.
Royer made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal in the 15th minute, and struck for the second time 10 minutes later, giving the Blackcats a 3-0 advantage at halftime. Matt Smallen earned the win in the nets with three saves.
Festus 12, North County 2
DESLOGE – The North County defense committed five errors at home on Wednesday to help district-rival Festus pull away down the stretch for a 12-2 victory in six innings.
After Festus scored twice in each of the first two innings, North County responded in the home half of the third. The threat began when Erica Inman and Brittney Coleman sandwiched hits around a walk to Katie Gibson with one out.
Inman sprinted home on a wild pitch and narrowly beat the tag to put the Lady Raiders on the scoreboard. Gibson then scored on a RBI ground out from Jennifer Hackworth to make the score 4-2.
Festus regained control for good in the fifth when Ashley Yuengel ripped a three-run homer that skipped past the North County outfield. Molly Sellman earned the win for the Lady Tigers, who collected 15 hits in the contest.
Catcher Jamie Bullock went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Lady Raiders, who also had singles from Amanda Crocker, Jenna Dennison and Hackworth. Gibson recorded eight strikeouts and also had a hit in the loss.
North County (5-9) will host Ste. Genevieve in conference action today.
Farmington 9, North County 0
BONNE TERRE – The Farmington Knightettes remained unbeaten in MAAA Conference tennis action on Wednesday with their second 9-0 win of the season over North County.
Sina Rennhak posted the lone singles shutout of the day over Jessica Hilgedick, and Kaitlyn Crocker claimed an 8-2 triumph over Brittney Walling at No. 6 singles.
Farmington (6-3) picked up 8-1 decisions from Jesi Bayless over Rachel Evans, Stephanie Forsythe over Natasha Short, Sidni Bloom over Hope Trolinger, and Brittney Murray against Chelsea Senter.
The Knightettes’ top doubles pairing of Bayless and Forsythe collected an 8-1 win, while Rennhak combined with Bloom, and Alicia Murray teamed with Courtney Jensen to post 8-0 shutouts.
Farmington will travel to Jackson this afternoon. North County will next compete at the Fredericktown Tournament on Saturday.