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Weekend Roundup: Lady Blackcats reach tourney final; distance runners face warm start

CHAFFEE, Mo. – The Fredericktown softball team saw its aspirations for a season-opening tournament title placed on hold following two victories on Saturday.

The Lady Blackcats edged Cape Central 5-4 and routed Sikeston 17-1 at the Chaffee Invitational before rain postponed the championship game against the host squad in the second inning.

Miley Wengler tripled to left field with one out, and scored on a walk-off infield hit by Michaela Reagan to give Fredericktown its narrow win during a pivotal last inning.

Cape Central tied the game at 4-4 with two runs in the top of the fourth, and squandered a bases-loaded threat with one out in the fifth.

Shortstop Calie Allgier threw home for a crucial force play, and winning pitcher Sadie Gibson escaped on another ground ball to finish with three strikeouts and five hits allowed.

Gibson helped her own cause with a two-RBI triple, and the Lady Blackcats scored four times in the first inning for a 4-2 advantage.

Wengler reached base three straight times. Reagan went 2-for-3 with two RBI, and leadoff batter Jonsyn Rehkop singled in her first varsity plate appearance.

Fredericktown (2-0) batted through its order twice, and pushed 13 runs across the plate in the opening frame while capitalizing on three Sikeston errors. The action ended after three innings.

Laynee King finished 3-for-3 with three RBI, and Allison Bloom was 2-for-2 with an RBI double and three runs scored. Gibson doubled twice with three runs scored in a 3-for-4 effort.

Allgier notched a team-high four RBI with a double and single, and Reagan ripped a two-run double. Terri Duffel chipped in a double while Wengler and Rehkop singled.

Reagan collected three strikeouts and yielded one hit from the circle in the abbreviated outing.

Rockwood Summit Tournament

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – Avery Graham scattered four hits while striking out six over five innings, and the Farmington softball team edged Kelly 2-1 in the Rockwood Summit Tournament opener on Friday.

The Knights moved in front with two unearned runs in the third inning, as Shelby Bowling notched an RBI single between two defensive errors.

Lilly Staat was 1-for-1 plus a walk for Farmington, which has seven returning starters. Jayden Tucker, Jayce Jarvis and Jocelyn Grimes also singled.

Graham yielded a double to Madyson Johnson and RBI single to Ava Legrand in the opening frame, but worked around a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the second.

Allison Pingel, a former star first baseman at Farmington, collected her first varsity head coaching win.

Farmington mustered a lone hit by Staat against Rockwood Summit hurler Ella Wilson, who twirled a six-inning shutout with 11 strikeouts in a 9-0 outcome to continue pool play.

Skylar Zentner finished 2-for-3 with five RBI, including a three-run triple that increased a 5-0 advantage in the third inning against Elly Robbins.

Elliotte Stevens was 2-for-3 with three runs scored for the Falcons. Alison Sandler chipped in two infield hits, and Sarah Hou walked three straight times.

Robbins surrendered nine runs, seven earned, on 10 hits while striking out three over five innings.

Saturday’s scheduled bracket play was canceled due to rain.

CROSS COUNTRY

Jackson Invitational

JACKSON, Mo. – The high school cross country season began with warm and humid conditions at the shortened Jackson Invitational on Saturday.

Farmington senior and reigning conference champion Evan Fuller posted a time of 10:09 over the 1.95-mile course to finish third out of 62 runners in his grade.

Other top boys performers for the Knights included Kaden Kimbrough (10:41), Mason Currington (11:01), freshman Ayden Wiles (11:28) and Nickolai Cain (11:49).

Farmington is led by a much younger girls group this fall. Cayman McIntyre paced four sophomores from the program at 13.41 for third place among 50 in her class.

Hannah Mathes (13:52) crossed second among all freshmen. Natalie Gammon (14:15), Alondra Martinez (14:15) and Wyllow Henderson (14:50) posted the next fastest times.

The Knights placed second as teams in the senior boys, sophomore girls and freshman boys divisions.

All-state medalist Madelyn Griffard (13:29) opened her junior campaign for Valle Catholic by taking third out of 49 athletes.

Fredericktown is relying on a promising group of freshman girls, and was highlighted amid a second-place outcome by Laila Stephens (13:56) and Breanna Bone (14:42).

Austin Ringwald (11:18) and Garrett Shortt (11:47) powered the Valle Catholic boys, followed by Dominic Griffard (12:37) and Oliver Griffard (12:59).

Levi Sheckles (12:23), August Martinez (12:53) and Jordan Ketcherside (13:12) led the Bismarck boys.

VOLLEYBALL

Legacy VTC Tournament

LADUE, Mo. – Farmington opened its volleyball season against top-notch competition, and dropped four of five matches at the Legacy VTC Tournament.

The Knights capped pool play on Saturday morning with a 25-10, 25-15 triumph over Centralia (Ill.), then fell to Blair Oaks 25-23, 22-25, 25-16 and North Point 26-24, 25-23 in the bracket phase.

Madison Mills totaled five kills and two blocks against Centralia. Claire Hampton also notched five kills while Raylin LaCava and Ava Cooper added three each.

Emily Bauer served two aces, and Aubrey Huskey had three digs with six serve receptions.

Tournament action began Friday when St. Joseph’s Academy downed Farmington 25-19, 25-13. Cooper and Miller each made two blocks, and Bauer dished out five assists.

Brynn Johnson picked up a team-high five digs, and Emma Anderson added four. Cheyenne Strohkirch chipped in three assists for the Knights.

Hampton, Cooper and Mills each connected for three kills, and Bauer earned seven assists during a subsequent 25-23, 25-17 setback against Althoff Catholic.

Huskey, Johnson and Anderson each tallied four digs for Farmington (1-4), which faces Notre Dame in the home opener on Tuesday.

Bunker 3, Valley 2

BUNKER, Mo. – A two-set advantage on the road slipped away from Valley, as Bunker rallied for a 22-25, 17-25, 25-19, 25-15, 15-10 victory in the season opener on Friday.

Senior leader Kenley Missey compiled an efficient 18 kills on 35 attacks, along with three solo blocks and eight assists for the Lady Vikings in defeat.

Kyndra Civey had four aces, 13 digs and 20 serve receptions, and Emma Alley added three aces, 19 digs and 16 receptions. Haylee Moore chipped in three kills.

Valley (0-1) got 15 digs and 26 receptions on the back row from Carlie Loughary, while freshman Ryleigh Maxwell debuted with three kills, 14 digs and 12 assists.

GIRLS TENNIS

North County 8, Arcadia Valley 1

BONNE TERRE – Five returning players to the varsity lineup helped the North County girls tennis team roll through its season opener on Saturday.

The Lady Raiders defeated familiar MAAA rival Arcadia Valley 8-1 after Charleston did not travel for expected matches against both local schools.

Lucy Pace shut out Madeline Coles at the No. 1 singles level after they battled numerous times last season at the No. 2 ranking.

Alli Scott, Kinley Tracy, Camille Skaggs and the debuting Claire Scott also collected singles wins after North County (1-0) secured a doubles sweep.

Pace and Skaggs are continuing as partners while Alli Scott and Tracy formed a new combination upon the graduation of two-time state medalist Lauren Politte.

Meleah Lara prevailed in singles action for Arcadia Valley (0-1).

Singles Results:

  1. Lucy Pace (NC) def. Madeline Coles, 8-0
  2. Alli Scott (NC) def. Lily Pursley, 8-5
  3. Kinley Tracy (NC) def. Kylee Hartwick, 8-3
  4. Camille Skaggs (NC) def. Reese Brogan, 8-3
  5. Meleah Lara (AV) def. Chloe Roach, 8-5
  6. Claire Scott (NC) def. Meadow Boushey, 8-2

Doubles Results:

  1. Pace/Skaggs (NC) def. Coles/Hartwick, 8-1
  2. Scott/Tracy (NC) def. Pursley/Brogan, 8-5
  3. Roach/Scott (NC) def. Meadow Boushey, 8-2

BOYS SOCCER

Farmington 6, Windsor 0

FARMINGTON – After focusing on club soccer in previous years, Dustin Randazzo gave Farmington an immediate jolt during his varsity debut.

Randazzo netted a hat trick on Saturday as the Knights blanked Windsor 6-0 in the season opener.

Farmington (1-0) grabbed a 3-0 halftime lead, and received a goal and assist each from Reid Parson, Brody Wilson and Nicholas McAllister.

BASEBALL

West County 10, Greenville 7

ELLSINORE, Mo. – West Country erupted for six runs in the top of the sixth inning, and beat Greenville 10-7 to complete an unbeaten Saturday in the Bank of Grandin Classic.

Hudsen Dunlap hit a tying two-run single, and Julian Thebeau put the Bulldogs ahead to stay with an RBI single to center as the next batter.

Lance Monroe pitched a perfect home half with two strikeouts for the save after Dunlap allowed a run in the fifth as the winning reliever.

Greenville regained a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth against starter Noah Sansoucie, but could not overcome four defensive errors.

Freshman Brody Simily paced West County (2-0) by going 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. Carter Reed, Bradey Buhrmester and Nolan Rawson provided singles.

Losing pitcher Easton Evans doubled twice while matching teammate Clayton Wood at 3-for-4 overall, and Trey Porter belted a two-run home run for the Bears.

West County 12, Senath-Hornersville 2

ELLSINORE, Mo. – Brody Simily tripled and finished 3-for-4 with four RBI in his varsity baseball debut, and West County eased past Senath-Hornersville 12-2 earlier Saturday.

Hudsen Dunlap was 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored. Carter Reed and Nolan Rawson added two hits each for the Bulldogs.

West County netted six runs in the second inning for an early 8-1 lead, and received additional hits from Bradey Buhrmester, Julian Thebeau, Jaxon Campbell and Ryan Hull.

Rawson struck out five batters and scattered three hits over four innings for the win. Simily worked around three base runners to throw a scoreless fifth.

Chayse Laden singled twice for Senath-Hornersville.

Arcadia Valley 6, Winona 0

IRONTON – Nolan Inman needed only 83 pitches to throw a four-hitter, and notched 13 strikeouts over seven innings as Arcadia Valley blanked Winona 6-0 on Saturday.

Alex Nash drove in two runs with a squeeze bunt and single from the leadoff spot, and Inman was a perfect 2-for-2 overall plus two walks at the plate.

The Tigers scored twice in the second inning, and Evan Inman doubled to spark another rally in the fourth. Maddox Sutton finished 2-for-3, and Knox Beard had an RBI single for Arcadia Valley (1-0).

Nolan Inman escaped danger with runners at second and third and one out in the second frame, then fanned all three batters in the third.

Paul Young, Wyatt Smith and Bryce Abernathie singled in the victory. Abernathie also threw out a batter at first base from right field in the sixth.

Timothy Neal singled twice for Winona (0-1).

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