FREDERICKTOWN – West County followed a win over Clearwater with a 4-2 triumph over the host team to capture the Fredericktown Wood Bat Classic title and eighth consecutive win on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (12-3) capitalized for four runs in the top of the third inning after Fredericktown committed three errors.
Kaiden Barton singled and executed a double steal with Zack Francis when Blackcats catcher Colton Rehkop overthrew the third baseman. The miscue enabled Barton to score the initial run.
Luke Gaia pulled a double past third base to drive in Francis, and came home on another overthrow while stealing third base.
Cody Ruble lifted an RBI single over shortstop Logan Winkelman to make it 4-0. David Buesking tried to follow Hayden Roney to the plate, but was tagged out on an accurate throw to end the extended inning.
Peyton Nipper got the start for West County in the tournament finale, and threw six strong innings with two runs allowed and eight strikeouts. He nearly achieved an immaculate inning, but used 10 pitches to strike out the side in the sixth.
Francis retired all three Fredericktown batters in the seventh to secure the save as cold drizzle began to fall.
Michael Crabtree's fourth-inning single gave Dylan Stafford an opportunity to score for the Blackcats, but Dakota Dowd fired home to Ruble from right field as the ongoing shutout remained intact.
Nipper allowed his only two runs in the fifth inning. Rehkop hit a sharp ground ball through the legs of Roney as Noah Korokis scored. Rehkop stole third and cut the deficit to 4-2 on a passed ball.
Crabtree allowed four runs on four hits through 4 2/3 innings, and struck out four of his 22 batters faced.
Stafford paced Fredericktown (8-6) by going 2-for-2, which included a double and intentional walk. Korokis also had two singles while Clark Penuel and Rehkop each had hits.
Dake McRaven added a hit for the Bulldogs.
Jefferson 10, Fredericktown 7
Jefferson scored runs in each inning after the first and beat Fredericktown 10-7 to begin the Saturday session of the wood bat tournament.
Logan Winkelman gave Fredericktown an early 2-0 advantage with a two-RBI single, but the advantage did not last long as Jefferson rebounded with two runs in the second draw even.
The Blackcats batted around in the top of the third, and added four runs to regain the lead 6-2.
Jefferson (13-3) added three in the bottom of the third plus two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Winkelman paced Fredericktown with two hits and two RBI. Noah Korokis, Colton Rehkop and Russell Matthews each added hits.
Dylan Stafford and Braeden Stockman each pitched three innings and struck out one. Seven runs were charged to Stafford.
Jefferson finished second in the four-team, round-robin style tournament.
West County 4, Clearwater 3
West County plated four early runs and held off Clearwater 4-3 on Saturday morning during its second of three tournament games overall.
Cody Ruble ripped a two-run double in the second inning, and matched Kaiden Barton with two hits apiece for the Bulldogs.
Dake McRaven connected for a two-RBI single in the third that extended the advantage to 4-1. Luke Gaia also had a hit for the Bulldogs.
Clearwater (10-4) chipped away with solo runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but was unable to complete the comeback.
Dakota Dowd worked four innings and earned the win for West County. He struck out 11 and allowed two runs.