POTOSI – Seven runs over two innings propelled Potosi into the championship bracket of the MAAA Conference baseball tournament on Tuesday with an 8-5 victory against Farmington.
The game was tightly contested with the lead trading hands five on separate occasions.
The top-seeded Trojans entered the fifth inning trailing 3-1 after the No. 8 seeded Knights scored twice in the fourth.
Garrett Wilkinson, who finished 3-for-4 with two RBI, led off the bottom of the fifth with a single. Two walks followed to load the bases with no outs.
Mike Washington brought in Wilkinson and Noah Jacobsen with a single into left field to tie the game 3-3 for Potosi (14-3).
Colin Govero then scored Zach Price on a sacrifice fly into center for a 4-3 lead before the next two batters grounded out.
Price showed excellent awareness behind the plate to throw out three opposing runners at second base and another at third.
Farmington (8-10) regained a short-lived lead by scoring two in the sixth after loading the bases. Alex Palmer drove in Connor Yordy with a single tie the game at 4-4 and keep the bases full.
Palmer finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. His first double was deep into right-center field to lead off the game.
Jacob Bone followed the tying run with an infield fly, but Ryan Coleman failed to field it at second and allowed Hunter Peirce to score from third.
Bone relieved in the bottom of the sixth, but could not prevent the Trojans from generating a late rally.
Brendan Hovis and Tristan Brown each hit singles to start the home half. Wilkinson then drove in both with a single to give Potosi a 6-5 advantage.
Price scored two more moments later with a double deep into left-center. Bone struck out two of the final three batters to end the inning.
Brandon Winder pitched the first 4 1/3 innings for the Knights and allowed four hits with five strikeouts. Jaysen Mattingly gave up three runs during the fifth.
Winder got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the third, and struck out Govero on a full count to conclude that inning.
Tristan Brown earned the win with one strikeout through the final two innings for Potosi. Washington gave up eight hits and struck out one through the first five frames.
The Trojan outfielders came up just short on multiple chances at highlight catches, but finished without any errors.
Hovis recorded all three outs in the fifth by tracking down fly balls in center field. He also caught a deep drive from Peirce for the final out of the game.
Farmington 5, Mehlville 1
Brock Quinton served with a 6-1 lead over Mehlville’s Eli Moen as light rain arrived and made the tennis courts unplayable May 1 at Engler Park.
That No. 5 singles match was conceded, and Farmington claimed an official 5-1 victory in a battle of potential district opponents.
No. 1 Alex England had just completed with 8-0 blitzing of Drew Marino, and Blake Vandiver prevailed with an identical shutout in singles action for the Knights (8-3)
Dante Chamberlain combined with England to win 8-4, and Quinton worked with Vandiver on another doubles triumph for the Knights.
IMPERIAL, Mo. – Windsor erased an early deficit with two goals in the second half to defeat the Farmington girls soccer team 2-1 on Monday.
The Lady Owls tallied five shot attempts while holding the Knights to just one after intermission to aid the comeback effort
Katelin Voegtle maneuvered around a defender in the box and netted the equalizer for Windsor (9-5) with 20 minutes remaining.
The forwards for each side began running harder trying to capture the lead, and the Lady Owls found success with just under 10 minutes to play.
Calli Robertson dribbled up the middle of the field and led Madelyne Stringer, who beamed the ball past diving keeper Rachel Turner for the lead.
Farmington (8-6) recorded the first of its six corner opportunities five minutes later, but opposing goalkeeper Kylie Gmerek was quick to clear the ball.
Rachel Turner protected the goal well with five saves for the Knights. Alyson Tucker also provided strong defense by challenging multiple through passes.
Gmerek recorded her lone save by deflecting a ball out of play off a 40-yard attempt from Tucker, resulting in a Farmington corner chance with four minutes remaining in the first half.
Riley Turner sent the ensuing ball into the box, where Emily Greif netted a shot from 5 yards out to give the Knights a 1-0 lead just before the break.
Harsh winds and consistent rain made maintaining possession a task for both teams. Several scoring chances late in the first half were spoiled for Windsor when the rain was falling the hardest.
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Jaelynn Hunnicutt got within five yards of the Farmington goal with 11 minutes remaining in the first, but sailed the ball far over the goal.
Stringer had an open field to attack moments later, but her kick just tipped the ball making for an easy save by Rachel Turner.
The strong rain continued into the second half, and neither team had a shot attempt until nearly halfway through the period.
Windsor ended with 13 shot attempts while the Knights, who controlled the ball considerably longer, had six.
Farmington will travel to face Poplar Bluff on Friday.
TRACK AND FIELD
Athletes filed out of vehicles and surveyed the premises as rain continued to drench the parking lot at Farmington High School on Friday afternoon.
A section of the paved surface was isolated by ropes to serve as a javelin runway for the initial event scheduled at the MAAA conference track and field championship.
With traces of water also standing in each lane of the track and no convenient window to reschedule the meet, the decision was ultimately made to proceed as planned.
Farmington went on to overcome runner-up Ste. Genevieve and Potosi atop each division to claim the team titles as five individuals combined for victories in 12 events.
Ryan Parson continued his stellar senior campaign by sweeping three distance races, and the Knights repeated as conference champions on the boys’ side by a 28-point margin.
Parson received his closest challenge in the 3200 from Ste. Genevieve senior Schuyler Odgen, but prevailed by three-tenths of a second.
The high scorer of the meet was Ste. Genevieve senior Logan Rhinehart, who sprinted to victory in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes after topping the javelin field. He did not compete in the 300-meter hurdles despite winning that event last year.
The Farmington boys showed their roster balance with a top-four result in 16 of 19 events. Donovan Howard was a winner in the triple and long jumps, and finished second to Rhinehart in the 100.
Chris Yost triumphed in the high hurdles for the Knights, and edged Fredericktown’s Enoch Fisher in the high jump.
Girls action featured a mixture of familiar champions and rapidly rising stars. Farmington compiled 198 points to restore dominance after a 9-year championship run was interrupted by Ste. Genevieve.
Sophomore Jaylyn Woodley won duals with defending champion Madison Reynolds in the 100 and 200 sprints, and added a third victory in the 400.
Knights junior Isabelle Bradley won the discus, and captured her third MAAA title in the shot put by two inches over teammate Baylee Gilliam.
Farmington got other second-place results from both distance relay teams along with Natasja Hafner (high hurdles), Breanna Setchfield (300-meter hurdles) and Blair Busenbark (triple jump).
Reynolds was undeterred by the slick surface while finishing her third consecutive MAAA hurdles sweep. Her 300-meter time of 46.42 established a new meet record.
Caitlyn Holmes opened the action by joining Alexus Groom in a 1-2 javelin finish, while MacKenzie Mills soared to a narrow victory over Like in the long jump.
Girls Team Standings:
1. Farmington 198; 2. Ste. Genevieve 150; 3. Potosi 115; 4. Central 95; 5. North County 76; 6. Valle Catholic 63; 7. Arcadia Valley 23; 8. Fredericktown 4.
Boys Team Standings:
1. Farmington 177; 2. Ste. Genevieve 149; 3. Potosi 141; 4. Central 98; 5. Valle Catholic 78; 6. Fredericktown 48; 7. North County 29; 8. Arcadia Valley 5.
Central’s Brandon Wagner and Farmington’s Nick Westrich have represented the standard for golf in the MAAA since having breakout freshman seasons.
It was all but certain that the friendly local rivals would engage in another tight battle on their home course at Crown Pointe Golf Club on Monday.
Both players carded birdies at the first hole, and steadily distanced themselves from the field while heading to the 14th tee deadlocked at even par.
But consistency ultimately paid off for Wagner, who secured a 1-shot victory and equaled Westrich by capturing his second MAAA tournament medalist honor.
Westrich fired a 74 and recorded four birdies on the day – three more than any other competitor – but was forced to chase the lead following a pivotal sequence at No. 14.
Wagner settled for par after narrowly missing a birdie putt, but Westrich sustained a double bogey after finding the deep rough and opting to take a drop for his second shot.
Westrich powered Farmington to the team championship by 12 strokes with teammates Austin Boots and Dylan Wiles adding top-10 results to earn all-conference distinction.
The Knights totaled 344 amid ideal temperatures and light winds. Team scores were adjusted by separating the four best front nine scores from the back nine.
Boots was fourth with 87 while Wiles tied Devon Mason of North County for seventh at 90. Frankie Eaton missed the all-conference cut by one shot at 93 for Farmington.