Spring sports for Missouri high schools officially opened on March 19, but most teams waited for a Monday start, only to find wet weather canceling out their openers. Tuesday’s sun greeted nearly every scheduled game to be played by MAAA Conference teams with only Arcadia Valley’s golf match at Clearwater being postponed due to Clearwater’s course being unplayable. (See sidebar on page 8 for all scores.)
Sullivan 6, North County 3
BONNE TERRE — The game was relocated to North County with Sullivan’s field still unplayable, but even with the home field advantage, the Raiders could not damage the Eagles’ pitching. The Raiders were no-hit until the sixth inning, and they could only muster three singles in the last two frames for a 6-3 loss.
Pitcher Derek Emily had the Eagles on the ropes until the fourth inning. Emily only allowed four singles in his four innings on the mound.
Sam Hulsey, Brian Jones and Nate Maeys had the Raider’s only hits, all singles as there were no extra-base hits in the game for either team.
North County will seek their first win today at 4:30 p.m. at home against De Soto.
Potosi 14, Arcadia Valley 0
POTOSI — The Potosi Trojans were granted a defensive gem by their pitcher Devin Hampton to capture 14-0 win over the Arcadia Valley Tigers on Tuesday. Hampton struck out 10 batters and gave up only one hit in pitching all five innings of the run-shortened game.
Dylan Eye supplied the muscle with a three run home run and a single. Tanner Glore hit a triple and Andy Reed had a single and a double. Landon Young, Brad Wright, Dakota Glore and Devin Hampton had one single each.
Potosi is now 2-0 on the young season and will host Valley this afternoon. Arcadia Valley (0-1) will travel to Valle on Thursday for their next contest.
Steelville 10, Valley 3
STEELVILLE — The Valley Vikings trailed by only two runs before the Steelville Cardinals ran away with the game for a 10-3 win.
Darren Adams struck out seven batters in a losing effort, and Logan Midgett was 3-4 with a triple to lead the Vikings on offense.
Valley will make up their game today at Potosi from Monday’s rain-out.
Crystal City 10, Fredericktown 0
CRYSTAL CITY — The Fredericktown Blackcats lost a 10-0 game to the Crystal City Hornets to open their 2010 season. The Blackcats faced the Hornets ace pitcher who gave up only two hits, one single each by A.P. Lewandowski and Riley Bumgardaner.
Fredericktown will travel to Marble Hill on Thursday to play Woodland.
Jackson 13, Ste. Genevieve 0
STE. GENEVIEVE — A fourth-inning power display helped Jackson seize total command in a 13-0 victory at Ste. Genevieve on Tuesday. It was the season opener for both clubs.
Sophomore shortstop Clay Baker blasted a long grand slam off Dragons reliever Kyle Abt, and Tyler Koch added a two-run shot later in the fourth to create a healthy 8-0 lead.
Bobby Clark pitched five scoreless innings and opened the scoring for Jackson with a RBI double in the fourth.
Dustin Raney recorded five strikeouts and allowed three earned runs for the Dragons before being pulled in the fifth. Raney and Tyler Kent each singled as Ste. Genevieve managed just two hits overall.
Potosi 7, De Soto 2
POTOSI — The Potosi Trojans tennis team were also victorious as they bested the De Soto Dragons 7-2 with a clean sweep in doubles.
Colin Schlosser and Colt Sutton teamed up to win the No. 1 doubles. Nick Turnbough and Caleb Marler were 8-3 winners in No. 2 doubles, and Zach Shepard and Kyle Portell ran an 8-0 shut-out in the No. 3 doubles match.
Schlosser played No. 1 singles for a 9-7 win. Sutton won 8-2 at No. 2 singles, Marler won by a score of 8-1 in No. 4 singles and Portell doubled up his opponent 8-4 at No. 6. Potosi lost the No. 3 and 5 singles by default.
The Trojans next meet will be at home on Monday to host Crystal City.
St. Pius 8, North County 1
ST. PIUS — The North County Raiders found it tough going in their season opener as they suffered an 8-1 loss to the St. Pius Lancers on Tuesday.
Freshman Lucas Rodgers was the only player to salvage a win for the Raiders with an 8-3 score in No. 3 singles.
Jimmy Lashley and Connor McBride battled hard before finally falling by a score of 9-7 in the No. 1 doubles match. Rogers and Kenny Nobles lost the No. 2 doubles match also by two games, 8-6. Alex Wetholz and Peter Hickman suffered an 8-2 loss in No. 3 doubles.
Lashley again came close to a win before falling 8-6 in his No. 1 singles match. Nobles won five games before falling 8-5 in singles. McBride and Michael Hernandez both suffered 8-1 losses, and Tyler Laplant was shut out in their respective singles matches.
St. Vincent 192, Ste. Genevieve 213
STE. GENEVIEVE — The Ste. Genevieve Dragons dropped their first meet Tuesday on their home course to the visiting St. Vincent Indians by a score of 192-213.
Adam Keith led the Dragons with a score of 50, Ryan Mueller shot 51, Greg Thomas had a 54 and Brock Meyer scored a 58.
St. Genevieve will host Perryville on Thursday.