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Thursday Roundup: Softball Raiders rally past Cape Central

North County third baseman Autumn Bullock (24) hits a fly ball during a softball game against Fredericktown on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, in Bonne Terre. (Matt King,

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Autumn Bullock belted a solo home run, and the North County softball team rallied for a 5-4 conference triumph at Cape Central on Thursday.

Reagan Pierce matched Bullock at 2-for-4 overall, and Kensey Marler added an RBI double for the Lady Raiders, who trailed 4-1 before scoring four times in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Sammy Waller overcame four defensive errors to earn a complete-game win with seven strikeouts and eight hits allowed for North County (3-7, 2-4).

Emma Roper, Madi Carroll, Amy Layton and Waller each contributed singles toward the victory.

Farmington 3, Seckman 1

FARMINGTON – Emilee Gillam continued to swing a hot bat for Farmington on Thursday, going 3-for-3 with a double in a 3-1 home victory over Seckman.

Audrie Morgan drove in two runs with an RBI double in the fourth inning and bases-loaded fielder’s choice in the sixth to help propel the Knights.

Avery Graham picked up the win from the circle despite issuing eight walks over 4 1/3 innings. She yielded only two hits – both doubles – to Grace Harvell and Christina Stanley.

Seckman failed to capitalize on three consecutive free passes with one out in the third. The visitors picked up their lone run in the fifth before again stranding the bases full.

Elly Robbins induced a ground ball to shortstop Jayce Jarvis, who threw home for a force out. Robbins then got a pop fly to preserve a 2-1 lead, and notched four subsequent strikeouts for the save.

Jarvis doubled and crossed the plate on a wild pitch in the first inning. Olivia Hartupee singled and scored in the sixth for Farmington (8-5).

The Knights were scheduled to face Fatima in the first round of the 16-team Lady Jays Classic on Friday afternoon in Jefferson City, Mo.

Aedin Dempsey fanned two while going the distance in the loss for Seckman (7-7).


Central 3, Arcadia Valley 0

PARK HILLS – Blair Sitton landed 15 swings for kills on Thursday as the Central volleyball team paid tribute to part of its heritage.

Wearing throwback jerseys to honor the Esther Pirates, the Lady Rebels surged to a 25-14, 25-11, 25-14 sweep against Arcadia Valley.

Kelsie Politte made 15 digs, Sydney Miles dished out 18 assists, and Avery Johnson served four aces to lead Central (13-2).

Cate Newstead-Adams knocked down seven kills, and equaled Kayla Sumpter with seven digs each for Arcadia Valley (6-6-1).

Jaydan Crites provided four kills, Paige Newstead-Adams picked up eight digs, and setter Taylor Lorenz had 17 assists.

Valle Catholic volleyball senior Ade Weiler displays two signs after surpassing 1,000 career digs in a loss to Saxony Lutheran on Thursday in Ste. Genevieve. (Submitted Photo)

Saxony Lutheran 3, Valle Catholic 1

STE. GENEVIEVE – Valle Catholic senior Ade Weiler surpassed 1,000 career digs on Thursday evening, but Saxony Lutheran emerged with a 25-22, 19-25, 25-19, 25-19 road victory.

Weiler compiled 33 digs for the match, and had a solid all-around performance in defeat with 14 kills, three service aces on seven points, and 19 serve receptions.

Abree Zipprich supplied eight kills, 18 digs and 15 assists while opposite setter/hitter Ava Bauman tallied 15 assists, 16 digs, three blocks and four kills for the Lady Warriors.

Addi Donze bolstered the defensive effort with 23 digs and 35 receptions. Makayla Joggerst ended with 18 digs and 19 receptions while chipping in three kills.

Brooklyn Weibrecht sent down five kills, and Ada Bley made three blocks for Valle Catholic (8-4-1).

Valley 3, Marquand 0

MARQUAND – Freshman Hayden Jones served eight aces, and senior Kenley Missey posted six more as Valley eased past Marquand 25-15, 25-13, 25-23 on Thursday.

Missey landed a team-high 10 kills while also making 10 digs, 12 assists and two blocks. Alivia Boyer connected for seven kills while Reagan Schrum sent down five and Kamryn Dickey had three.

Ryleigh Maxwell finished with five kills, 20 digs and 11 aces for Valley (4-7). Jones picked up 14 digs, and Haylee Moore provided three kills plus two aces.

Carlie Loughary locked down the back row with 26 digs and 12 serve receptions.


Farmington 2, Notre Dame 1

PARK HILLS – Dustin Randazzo netted the go-ahead goal with about six minutes left, and Farmington topped Notre Dame on the soccer pitch for the first time since the 2018 season.

The Knights overcame multiple nagging injuries, and rallied for two goals after halftime to clip the Bulldogs 2-1 on neutral turf at Mineral Area College.

Asher Rique delivered a ball that Randazzo received to beat the Notre Dame back line.

Brodey Williams earlier scored for Farmington (6-0) on an assist from Jimmy Coleman.


Fredericktown 5, Potosi 4

FREDERICKTOWN – Clara Basden and Haley Tucker delivered crucial singles wins for Fredericktown after claiming their respective doubles contests on Thursday.

No. 6 singles player Becca Bell equaled the 8-2 result of Tucker, and the Lady Cats completed a 5-4 triumph over Potosi to avenge their narrow defeat from earlier in the season.

Emiley Geen joined Basden for a pivotal 8-6 win against top Potosi pairing Lani Elder and Tori Krebs. Nina Lewis and Tucker rolled through an 8-0 doubles shutout favoring Fredericktown (4-4).

Elder responded with an 8-3 decision over Geen, and Krebs beat Dani West 8-2. Kensington Davies outlasted Lewis 9-7 to give Potosi (6-2) a third singles win.

Hannah Barron and Aubree Wilson combined forces for an 8-4 victory at No. 3 doubles.

Singles Results:

1. Lani Elder (P) def. Emiley Geen, 8-3

2. Tori Krebs (P) def. Dani West, 8-2

3. Clara Basden (FR) def. Gracie Lawson, 8-1

4. Kensington Davies (P) def. Nina Lewis, 9-7

5. Haley Tucker (FR) def. Hannah Barron, 8-2

6. Becca Bell (FR) def. Aubree Wilson, 8-2

Doubles Results:

1. Geen/Basden (FR) def. Elder/Krebs, 8-6

2. Lewis/Tucker (FR) def. Lawson/Davies, 8-0

3. Barron/Wilson (P) def. Bell/Clauser, 8-4


Steelville Invitational

STEELVILLE, Mo. – Jazmine Morris and Paige Monroe secured varsity medals for West County at the Steelville Invitational cross country meet on Thursday.

Morris (22:55) placed seventh and Monroe (23:58) crossed 15th out of 63 runners. Kelsey Courtway (26:11) finished 29th for the Kingston girls.

Kingston assigned its fastest boys to the junior varsity division. Phoenix Lyons (19:09) and Logan Berger (20:05) delivered a 1-2 result while teammate Gavin Gorse (21:32) placed fourth.


Valley 1, Lesterville 0

LESTERVILLE, Mo. – Ayden Sims pitched a dominant one-hitter with 17 strikeouts, and drove in the only run on Thursday as Valley edged Lesterville 1-0.

K.J. Tiefenauer also singled for the Vikings, who broke in front when Drew McClain reached on an error and Sims singled with two outs.

Sims faced four batters above the minimum to win the brisk duel.

Lesterville turned two double plays in defeat.

Arcadia Valley 5, South Iron 4

IRONTON – Arcadia Valley rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, and defeated South Iron 5-4 in walk-off fashion on Thursday.

Bryce Abernathie doubled home Tyler Helms, and Nolan Inman delivered a tying single before Alex Nash scored the winning run for the Tigers.

South Iron had just taken a 4-2 lead with two runs in the top of the seventh against reliever Evan Inman, sparked by a Sawyer Huff double and Hayden Hunter single.

AV starter Paul Young pitched six superb innings before taking a no-decision. He allowed two runs on just two hits and four walks while striking out four.

Young also finished 3-for-3 at the plate, and squared the contest at 1-1 with an RBI single after the Panthers moved in front on a bases-loaded ground out.

South Iron cashed in on two defensive errors in the sixth, but Nolan Inman notched his second hit and scored on a Young single for a 2-2 deadlock.

Maddox Sutton added a single and walk for the Tigers.

No. 8 batter Austin Dunlap went 3-for-3 to pace the Panthers. Jonathan Ruble fanned six batters over six innings before Huff relieved in the seventh.

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