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Roundup: Tigers, Raiders clinch divisions

Arcadia Valley 13, West County 0

LEADWOOD – Sophomore Carter Brogan pitched a 1-hitter over six innings to help the Arcadia Valley baseball team clinch its first MAAA Small-School division title since 2006.

Eli Vandergriff finished 3-for-4 with a double and grand slam that highlighted a 10-run outburst in the final frame of a 13-0 rout of rival West County on Friday.

Corbin Rea also went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and Jackson Lamb was a perfect 2-for-2 with two walks, two RBI and two runs scored to further pace the Tigers.

Arcadia Valley (5-0, 9-7) tallied three times in the third inning, sparking a rally against opposing hurler Hayden Roney, then broke open the game against Zack Francis in the sixth.

West County (13-5, 3-2) achieved its lone hit when Cody Ruble singled to put runners at first and second in the fifth, but both men were stranded.

Brogan notched three strikeouts and issued three walks in the shutout. He retired 14 consecutive batters after Francis drew a free pass to begin the contest.

Taylon Jones and Kyle Helms each provided a single with two RBI, and Stephen Pursley drove in two more with a double for the Tigers.

The Bulldogs played their second conference game of the afternoon with the MAAA tournament seed meeting pending on Saturday, blasting Bismarck 19-4 earlier on.

North County 11, Central 0

PARK HILLS – Kolten Poorman drew within two outs of an abbreviated perfect game, and North County hammered Central 11-0 to clinch a share of the MAAA Large-School title.

Shelby Lee doubled twice with three RBI, and Noah Mesey belted a two-run homer for the Raiders (11-6-1, 4-1), who scored six times in the second inning to establish a 7-0 lead.

Poorman retired his first 13 batters faced before yielding singles to Slade Schweiss and Dylan Corcoran in the bottom of the fifth inning. He compiled eight strikeouts and walked none.

The Raiders bolstered their case for the top seed in next week’s MAAA Tournament, and would become outright conference champions if Fredericktown can beat Farmington in a future game.

Karter Kekec was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, and Layton Mallow collected three RBI with a double. Poorman paced the North County attack by going 3-for-4 overall.

Cody Hubbard added two hits while Nate Roberts, Devin Seastrand and Clayton Chandler singled to give the Raiders 14 total hits.

Brandon Jenkins allowed seven runs over three innings in defeat for Central (5-15, 1-4)

Ste. Genevieve 4, Valle Catholic 1

STE. GENEVIEVE – Grant Staffen and Keaton Boyer each notched two hits, and Ste. Genevieve push three runs across the plate in the eighth inning to edge neighboring Valle Catholic 4-1.

Chad Donze compiled 10 strikeouts and allowed only one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings while taking a no-decision. The teams combined for seven defensive errors.

Brady Boyer put Ste. Genevieve (15-4) ahead 1-0 with an RBI single in the first inning. Tyler Blum leveled the score for Valle Catholic (16-4-1) with an RBI single in the third.

Kyle Roth, Kyle Gielow and Tyler Blum produced two hits each for the Warriors. Kellen Blum pitched the first five frames with four strikeouts before being replaced by Carter Roth.

Payton Matthews obtained the last four outs, including a scoreless eighth, for the win in relief.

Festus 4, Farmington 3

FARMINGTON – Eddie Martin was hit by a pitch from Zach Grimes with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Festus topped Farmington 4-3 on Friday night.

The Knights were seeking a second victory in their home wood bat tournament, and extended the game by scoring on an error in the top of the seventh.

But Festus drew three walks during the winning rally. Kael Krause picked up the loss after striking out four and walking three over three innings in relief of starter Garrett Anderson.

Collin Reando singled with two RBI, and Charlie Pratt fanned eight while scattering six hits over six innings for the Tigers. Ryan Reando blew the save in the seventh, but got the win.

Grant Higginbotham was 2-for-3 with a double to pace Farmington (7-13). Krause singled twice and Chad Silvey provided a double.

Farmington 5, Winfield 2

FARMINGTON – Hunter Peirce collected two hits, and Farmington scored five unanswered runs to surge past Winfield 5-2 in the wood bat tournament action earlier on Friday.

Owen Tripp tallied five strikeouts and yielded two runs over four innings. He picked up the win after the Knights crossed the plate three times in the fourth to erase a 2-0 deficit.

Zach Grimes fanned three and secured the save with three scoreless frames of relief. Noah Bellew and Tripp added RBI for Farmington.

The Knights will play Pattonville in their tournament finale on Saturday.


Festus 5, Potosi 4

POTOSI – Brady Woods paired with Chase Glore and Seth Mosier worked alongside Garrett Eye for doubles victory, but Potosi could not sustain the early momentum on Friday.

Erica Fletcher, Ryan Esparza and Broxtyn Johnson each pulled through with narrow 8-6 results during singles play to help Festus rally for a 5-4 team triumph.

Glore topped Carter Bowman 8-4, and Eye outlasted Sean Lewis 9-7 after moving into the No. 6 lineup slot for the Trojans (4-8).

Michael Esparza defeated Gabe Adams in the No. 1 singles match.

Singles Results:

1. Michael Esparza (F) def. Gabe Adams, 8-3

2. Erica Fletcher (F) def. Roland Knight, 8-6

3. Ryan Esparza (F) def. Brady Woods, 8-6

4. Chase Glore (P) def. Carter Bowman, 8-4

5. Broxtyn Johnson (F) def. Seth Mosier, 8-6

6. Garrett Eye (P) def. Sean Lewis, 9-7

Doubles Results:

1. Esparza/Esparza (F) def. Adams/Knight, 8-4

2. Woods/Glore (P) def. Fletcher/Izzy Smith, 8-4

3. Mosier/Eye (P) def. Bowman/Johnson, 8-6


Fredericktown 2, Farmington 0

FARMINGTON – Arika Buxton and Abby Parson scored goals in the second half, and the Fredericktown girls soccer team topped Farmington 2-0 on Thursday evening.

The Lady Blackcats (16-3) surrendered just one shot on goal to the Knights while generating 20 of their own, and keeper Kyndal Dodd made the save while picking out the shutout.

Marissa Hale led Fredericktown defensively with six steals, and notched an assist along with Alayna Buxton. Their squad earned four corner kick chances.

A change of venue was required after two days of steady rain made the natural surface unplayable in Fredericktown.

The Lady Blackcats trounced Festus 10-0 on Friday.

Taylon Jones (23), pictured during a road game earlier this season, and the Arcadia Valley baseball team claimed the MAAA Small-School championship on Friday with a victory at West County.

Taylon Jones (23), pictured during a road game earlier this season, and the Arcadia Valley baseball team claimed the MAAA Small-School championship on Friday with a victory at West County.

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