Golf team hosts rescheduled meet
The Farmington Knightettes finally got to host their home meet with Cape-Notre Dame and Ste. Genevieve on Monday after being rained out a week earlier at Crown Pointe.
Cape Notre Dame was victorious, scoring a 164, to Farmington’s 222 and Ste. Genevieve’s 233.
Allison Bray of Cape Notre Dame was medalist with a winning score of 36. Ste. Geneveive’s Madison DeRousse was next at 37. Farmington’s Carli Ferguson finished with a 45.
Farmington has a date on Thursday to play at Cape-Notre Dame, and Ste. Genevieve along with Ft. Zumwalt South will play in a tri-dual meet to be held in Washington, Missouri.
Knightettes shut-out the Mules
Six inches is all that stood between Kaila Nash and a perfect game on Monday as she pitched a one-hit shut-out for the Farmington Knightettes in their 8-0 win over the Poplar Bluff Mules.
With one out, Krisha Shelton attempted to bunt her way on for the Mules, but she popped the ball up just over the outstretched glove of Nash who was charging in to cover. The ball landed harmlessly on the mound before it could be fielded, allowing Shelton to reach first base safely.
Striking out only three batters, Nash retired the next 20 batters in a row with plenty of help from the Knightettes’ defense, including her own fielding of five ground balls and one pop fly hit by the 8-5 Mules.
“Kaila played a fantastic game for us, she’s kept that up for us with her pitching and hitting all year,” said Farmington Coach Lindsey Albee. “She really did an awesome job of fielding today.”
Shelton was able to reach second as Nash fielded her second ground ball for the second out of the first inning. Farmington catcher Olivia Siebert stranded Shelton at second as she alertly pulled in a foul ball that first popped up off of her glove, but she was able to smother for the third out before it could reach the ground.
The Knightettes scored the only run they needed in the first inning. Siebert led off with a single, and after stealing second she was able to score on a ball hit to second which was misplayed by the second baseman. The Mules came up with a defensive gem to prevent a second Farmington run in the inning. Brittany Link drove a lined shot past the leftfielder for a double, and Hanna Hight tried to score from first on the play. A perfect relay by Mules’ shortstop Alyson Griffin gave catcher Gracie King plenty of time to block the plate and make the tag.
The Knightettes (7-3) collected two more runs in the third inning. After Allison Pingel hit a ball into the gap in right-center, Nash unloaded on a pitch to loft the ball over the centerfield fence for a two-run home run. Pingel was 2-4 in the game with two doubles and also scored two runs. Nash finished 2-3 with a double, a home run and a walk, and scoring each time.
Hight walked after Nash hit a double to lead off the fifth inning. A Poplar Bluff error allowed Nash to score, and a wild pitch gave Hight a safe trip home from third, just before relief pitcher Maci Coleman struck out three batters to get out of the inning.
The Knightettes scored three in the sixth with all three being earned. With one out, Pingel hit a line shot off the first baseman’s glove for her second double, and Nash walked with the runners advancing on a wild pitch. Hight drove both runners in with a single, and scored herself on a single by Hallye Tucker. With two runners on base, Coleman struck out the next batter to allow her team a final at-bats in the seventh.
Nash Induced five fly balls to the outfield in the game which leftfielder Tucker and center fielder Randi Scruggs tracked down each time for an out.
Five singles victories lead Farmington rally
Fredericktown swept all three doubles matches on Thursday before the Farmington tennis team responded with an impressive rally.
The Knightettes posted five convincing singles wins, including a pair of 6-1 decisions from Amanda Brady and Madison Smith, and earned a 5-4 conference win at Wilson-Rozier Park.
Anna Slinkard, Grayson Cummins and Brianna Crocker were also victorious in singles play to propel the Farmington comeback.
Kayla Pinkley edged Martha Schwalenberg in a tight tiebreaker, and also teamed with Haley Holliday for a doubles triumph to lead Fredericktown.
Knights battled state-ranked Jackson
JACKSON – The Farmington Knights had an uphill battle as they squared away with the Jackson Indians, and soon found out why the Indians are ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 5. Jackson ran the ball with great consistency to score a 55-7 win.
The Indians scored touchdowns in each of their first six possessions to post a running clock at the half. Jackson’s defense allowed only minimal yardage to Farmington’s offense until a muffed catch of a punt by the Indians which was recovered by Farmington’s Camron Haines, giving the Knights the ball at the Jackson 48.
The Knights took only seven plays to cash in on the gift. A run by quarterback Brandt Busenbark set the ball up at the Jackson five, and Brayden Bohn finished off the drive taking it in from the five.
Jackson used nine different ball carriers and three quarterbacks in putting together 345 yards of offense in the first half alone while holding the Knights to only 62 yards in the first 24 minutes.
After holding the Knights to one first down on the opening possession, the Indians went to work, taking only two plays in changing their side of the scoreboard. Running back Gabriel Dudley carried the ball both times, scoring the touchdown from 22 yards out, just three-and-a-half minutes into the quarter.
Only three minutes later, the Indians were again knocking at the door. Taking only six plays with Ben Maudie carrying it in from the two.
A second three-and out by the Knights put the Indians on the scoring path again. Jackson went to the air as Dante VanDeven connected twice with receivers, the second on a busted play with VanDeven finding Jacob Starzinger for a 36-yard touchdown.
Another three downs for Farmington’s offense resulted in another punt, and Jackson’s Tristan Thiele pushed the score to 28-0 on a 48-yard romp with 1:09 still left in the first quarter.
Thiele intercepted a Farmington pass to stop the Knights’ next possession to end the quarter, and two minutes into the second, Ethan Isaksen ran the ball in from the four to set up a possible running clock for the second half with the score 35-0.
Bohn’s put the start of the second half back on regular clock, despite the Indians scoring one more touchdown. A nine-yard touchdown run by Xominique Davis made it 41-7 with 4:09 left before the half, but a missed extra point allowed kept the running clock on hold as the second half started.
Two minutes in, the Indians tacked on their seventh touchdown with a four-yard run by Thiele, and they would make the only score of the fourth quarter as well to finalize the score.