STE. GENEVIEVE – Valle Catholic had won five state championships since suffering its previous loss in a regular-season MAAA Small-School conference game on April 25, 2006.
An incredible string of 89 consecutive victories within those parameters ended at the hands of visiting Arcadia Valley during an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel on Friday.
Carter Brogan and Taylon Jones combined to throw a five-hit shutout, and the Tigers preserved the lead from an unearned run in the first inning to prevail 1-0 at Alumni Field.
Arcadia Valley was the last team to defeat the Warriors in conference play, and was also the first victim claimed during the 13-year span of dominance in a rematch that occurred three days later.
Luke Savage finished a perfect 3-for-3, and Jackson Lamb was also flawless at 2-for-2 plus a walk for the Tigers (5-4, 1-0). Jones scored the lone run while Kyle Helms and Brogan contributed singles.
Nolan Schwent had two of the Valle Catholic singles, and suffered a hard-luck loss. He struck out eight over four innings without allowing an earned run.
Carter Roth followed Schwent with three scoreless frames. The Warriors (9-2-1, 0-1) stranded nine men on base in a contest that was rescheduled just hours before first pitch.
Brogan worked five innings and fanned seven to get around five singles and two walks allowed. Jones closed out the sixth and seventh for the save.
St. Pius 3, Ste. Genevieve 2
STE. GENEVIEVE – The St. Pius baseball club escaped a late push from Ste. Genevieve to prevail 3-2 and remain undefeated in a battle of state-ranked teams on Friday.
Keaton Boyer stood at the plate with Brady Boyer at first base, and connected for a two-run home run to slash the Dragons’ 3-0 deficit in the seventh.
But Elijah Dale relieved starter Jeremy Isenman to pick up the save. Tyler Hedtkamp homered in the top of the third to put St. Pius (9-0) ahead 2-0.
Isenman carried a shutout bid through six innings, and struck nine for the win before running into Keaton Boyer late. Devon Bader had the only other hit for the Dragons.
Derek Morganthaler lasted 2 1/3 innings on the mound for Ste. Genevieve (8-2), and gave up two runs on five hits in the losing effort.
Logan Gegg surrendered his lone run in the top of the seventh, and struck out four over his 4 2/3 innings of relief.
Kaleb Schweigert collected two hits and scored twice to pace St. Pius.
Austin Meyer an RBI single for the Lancers, while Adam Edwards, Noah Lampros and Isenman each had one hit in the victory.
Fredericktown 9, Valley Springs 3
HARRISON, Ark. – Michael Crabtree recorded six strikeouts and scattered four hits over 5 1/3 innings as Fredericktown defeated Valley Springs (Ark.) 9-3 to open the Harrison Tournament.
Colton Rehkop finished 3-for-4 with three RBI for the Blackcats (6-2), who scored multiple runs in four separate innings and is scheduled to play twice on Saturday.
Noah Korokis also compiled three hits, and Clark Penuel was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Ethan Flanagan had a double and obtained the last five outs in relief of Crabtree.
Singles from Russell Mathews and Dylan Stafford gave Fredericktown 11 hits overall.