Valle Catholic 6, Kingston 5
CADET – The MAAA Small-School baseball regular season winning streak of Valle Catholic will surpass 10 calendar years after the Warriors escaped Thursday with a 6-5 victory over Kingston.
Connor Basler went 3-for-4 with a double, and Garrett Jaegers slammed a leadoff home run while going 2-for-4 as Valle Catholic (17-1, 4-0) notched its 78th consecutive conference win.
Junior Cole Wood pitched five stellar innings for the win, and departed with a 6-0 lead after compiling nine strikeouts and allowing just one hit.
Kingston (7-9, 1-4) rallied with four unearned runs in the seventh against reliever Tyler Blum, but left the potential tying tally at second base when the final out was recorded.
Billy Hovis had a two-RBI single, and pitched a complete game in defeat. The left-hander allowed three earned runs and fanned five.
Nick Oberle contributed two RBI for the Warriors, overcame four defensive errors to prevail. Valle can clinch its 10th straight league title by defeating Valley on Wednesday.
Gavin Heath finished 2-for-4 to pace the Kingston offense. Jonathon Dickerson and Lane Saunders also singled.
Potosi 2, Ste. Genevieve 0
POTOSI – Noah Skaggs protected an early lead by pitching a three-hit shutout, and notched six strikeouts as Potosi claimed a 2-0 conference win over visiting Ste. Genevieve.
Zach Price singled twice and produced the lone RBI of the contest as a wild pitch helped the Trojans pick up two runs in the opening frame.
Jacob Nicholson and Ethan Nixon also had two hits apiece while Tristan Brown and Austin Heflin added singles for Potosi (9-10, 2-3).
Derek Morganthaler paced Ste. Genevieve (7-10, 2-3) by going 2-for-3. Drew Toombs also singled.
The Dragons had a runner at first base in the seventh inning, but Skaggs punctuated the complete game by inducing a double play ground ball to Noah Jacobsen.
Arcadia Valley 4, Bismarck 0
IRONTON – Junior right-hander Jake Pryor scattered four hits and struck out 12 in a shutout as Arcadia Valley completed conference play by defeating Bismarck 4-0.
Trey Jones finished 2-for-3 including a double, and Tatum Jones added an RBI double for the Tigers (9-3, 4-1), who scored three times in the fifth inning.
Pryor did not issue a walk while going the distance on 89 pitches. He was 3-for-3 with an RBI at the plate, and AV teammate Hayden Helvey also reached base three times.
Logan Dunn threw a complete game with seven strikeouts in defeat for Bismarck (7-10, 0-4). Jacob Reese went 2-for-3 and Hunter Drake had a double.
West County 11, Valley 2
CALEDONIA – Matt Momot was 3-for-4 overall and freshman pitcher Zach Francis supplied six strong innings to lead West County past Valley 11-2.
Jacob Meinershagen and Hayden Roney each had two hits and two RBI. Ty Simily finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double for West County (8-5, 3-2).
Joey Steinmetz added a two-run single, Parker Forshee contributed an RBI hit and Jared Jones singled to boost the Bulldogs’ offense.
Francis recorded seven strikeouts and allowed two runs on six hits. Logan Rawlins collected two hits for Valley (3-9, 1-2).
Bismarck 16, Valle Catholic 0
STE. GENEVIEVE – Kendra Cooper and Shelby Belknap each had a single, double, RBI and two runs scored as the Bismarck softball team eased past Valle Catholic 16-0.
Bailey Barton paced Bismarck (9-3, 6-2) by finishing 3-for-4 with triple and two RBI in the leadoff spot. The Lady Indians compiled 12 hits overall.
Winning pitcher Alyssa Sago tossed four shutout innings and allowed three hits while striking out seven. She was 2-for-3 offensively with an RBI triple and two runs scored.
Anna Fallert, Kadie Heil and Automn Naeger each singled for Valle Catholic (7-5, 4-4).
The MAAA spring softball tournament begins Monday in Bismarck. Regular season champion West County holds the top seed.
FARMINGTON – After an early morning start, 80 players from 16 high school teams played golf through Wednesday’s afternoon rain to conclude the Festus Tournament at Crown Pointe Golf course. The Central Rebels, led by Brandon Wagner, placed second at 351, just one stroke behind Whitfield at 350. The Farmington Knights took third at 353 with North County coming in fifth at 373 and Potosi in seventh at 388.
Wagner took medalist honors as he finished with a three-over par 75, after shooting one-under on the front nine. Farmington’s Nick Westrich placed second just two strokes back with a 77.
The Rebels had three players finish in the top 10 as Bret McDavid finished sixth at 86, and Justin Halter placed eighth with an 87. Farmington’s Ben Sitzes shot 88 to take ninth.
The North County Raiders were led by Justin Sohn and Lucas Spray with both golfers scoring 89 for their round to place 11th and 12th. Potosi’s Logan Larimore also shot 89 to finish 13th and Dalton Singer shot 90 to finish 16th.
Fredericktown finished 16th as a team with a score of 442, led by Clayton Kemp with a 100.
North County 9, Crystal City 0
BONNE TERRE – The North County Raiders ran the table on the Crystal City Hornets in tennis on Thursday for a 9-0 win to improve their season record to 3-6.
Ryan Zhang and Jonathan Miller started the rout with an 8-4 win in No. 1 doubles, and the black score-cards began to flip with regularity on North County’s home courts as Carter Mecey and Daniel Jackson scored an 8-1 win in No. 2 doubles and Clayton Risenhoover and Curtis Mecey posted an 8-5 win at No. 3.
Risenhoover scored an 8-0 shut-out in his No. 5 singles match.
North County will have some time to practice before their next match on Thursday against Arcadia Valley.
1. Ryan Zhang (NC) def. Austin Sitzes, 8-4
2. Carter Mecey (NC) def. Delaina Pinkley, 8-2
3. Jonathan Miller (NC) def. Kelsey Wilkerson, 8-3
4. Daniel Jackson (NC) def. Jones Earls, 8-1
5. Clayton Risenhoover (NC) def. Carli Rabidoux. 8-0
6. Curtis Mecey (NC) def. Mabery Jones, 8-4
1. Zhang/Miller (NC) def. Sitzes/Rabidoux, 8-4
2. Ca. Mecey/Jackson (NC) def. Pinkley/Wilkerson, 8-1
3. Risenhoover/Cu. Mecey (NC) def. Jones/Ming Ding, 8-5