STE. GENEVIEVE – Potosi sophomore Ryker Walton ended a wild first-round clash against Festus with a walk-off, eighth-inning single during Class 4, District 2 baseball action on Monday.
Landon Bone pitched three scoreless innings of relief, and Walton finished 2-for-3 overall at the plate as the Trojans prevailed 3-2 to prolong their season.
Potosi (7-12) remarkably turned four double plays within the first five innings, and Ethan Dicus made a nice catch near the fence in foul territory to bolster the defensive effort.
Noah Jacobsen was heavily involved in both scoring rallies, and endured a painful final frame after his left arm was impacted on a slide by Ryan Reando during a stolen base.
An inside pitch drilled Jacobsen to begin the home half, and he crossed the plate when Walton followed an intentional walk to Dicus with the winning ground ball through the infield.
Festus pitcher Charlie Pratt allowed seven hits and battled for 12 strikeouts before suffering the loss on the brink of his allotted 105-pitch maximum.
Potosi threatened in the seventh after pinch-hitter Andrew Coleman singled and Cory Emily reached on potential force play when it was ruled that the shortstop failed to fully catch the ball.
Pratt answered with a huge strikeout and induced a line drive to second for the final out, but was unable to retire a batter in the eighth.
Zach Liles singled twice, and Caleb Hyde reached base three times to pace Festus (7-15), which jumped ahead 1-0 on Zach Baisch’s RBI single against Walton in the third inning.
Pratt yielded singles to Emily and Bone in the Potosi third, and Jacobsen burned him with an opposite-field, two-run triple to right with two outs.
The Trojans could not sustain the momentum, however, as Pratt retired the next nine batters in a row and gave his club a chance to retaliate.
Walton handled mound duties through the first five frames, and was repeatedly back by his defense. Jacobsen fielded two ground balls up the middle to turn double plays.
Eddie Martin drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 2-2 in the fifth, but Wade Mercille stopped a ground ball, stepped on third base and threw across to get another out at first on a disputed stretch.
Bone stabbed a scorched line drive to escape the sixth with two runners aboard, and breezed through the seventh under pressure for the eventual win.
North County 5, Central 2
STE. GENEVIEVE – Even though the Central lineup fared better with a second look at Kolten Poorman, the North County right-hander buckled down to protect a late lead on Monday.
Shelby Lee and Layton Mallow each scored two run, Karter Kekec provided a key two-RBI single, and the Raiders held off the MAAA rival Rebels 5-2 in Class 4, District 1 action.
Poorman compiled eight strikeouts while going the distance, and surrendered just one earned run on six hits. He carried a perfect game bid through 4 1/3 innings during the regular-season matchup.
North County (14-9-1) mustered only four hits against opposing hurler Cade Scherffius, but capitalized on five walks and advanced to face De Soto in a Wednesday semifinal game.
Kekec snapped a 1-1 tie after a bases-loaded walk to Noah Mesey forced in Lee, who sparked a three-run second frame with a one-out single.
Mesey singled in the fifth to interrupt a string of seven straight batters retired by Cade Scherffius, but a line drive to third baseman Braydon Scherffius became a double play.
Central (5-17) suffered its sixth consecutive loss, but not before drawing to within 3-2 on a secondary throwing error after Mallow cut down a runner at home from left field in the third.
A crucial miscue and hit batsmen gave the Raiders a spark in the sixth. Both men moved up when Nate Roberts sacrificed, and Devin Seastrand launched a sacrifice fly before Mallow scored on a wild pitch.
Drew Hamski singled for the Rebels while leading off the seventh, but Poorman thwarted the threat with a strikeouts and two line outs to the middle infielders.
Cody Hubbard added a single for North County.
Central grabbed a 1-0 lead on three two-out singles from Braydon Scherffius, Slade Schweiss and Dylan Corcoran in the first inning. But Schweiss was tagged out when rounding third base too far.
Gage Manion singled and walked, and Braydon Scherffius went 2-for-3.
De Soto 5, Fredericktown 1
STE. GENEVIEVE – Andrew Downs doubled and scored two runs while going 3-for-3 overall, and De Soto eliminated Fredericktown 5-1 in the Class 4, District 2 opening round on Monday.
Briar Fischer recorded six strikeouts and walked four while scattering six hits over six innings for the win. The lone run scored against him was unearned.
Fredericktown (10-12) scored in the top of the fourth, but De Soto (11-9) answered with three during the home half as four straight batters reached safely with one out.
Kameren Brooks doubled to start the latter rally, and Clayton Snudden bunted for a hit to load the bases after Downs singled against Blackcats starter Clark Penuel.
Camren Krodinger delivered a go-ahead, two-run single, and No. 9 batter Ethan Sampson made it 3-1 with the fifth hit of the inning.
Penuel allowed 10 hits and struck out one in the complete-game loss. De Soto added two runs against him following a disputed call in the sixth.
A runner was called safe at third base on a fielder’s choice from catcher Colton Rehkop to the surprise of Fredericktown. Fischer and Sampson followed with sacrifice flies.
Noah Korokis capped his 3-for-4 effort with a stinging infield hit that caromed off reliever Levi Fischer, who later fanned Russell Matthews with the bases loaded to end the contest.
Dylan Stafford singled twice and was also hit by a pitch for the Blackcats. Rehkop reached base all four chances with a single and three walks.
Braeden Stockmann singled and scored on a slow roller by Korokis that followed a two-out error in the top of the fourth.
Fredericktown stranded 11 runners on base and was slowed by two double plays in the final game under 10-year head coach Scott Davis.
De Soto advanced to face North County in the semifinal round on Wednesday.
West County 5, Grandview 2
LEADWOOD – Zach Francis and Luke Gaia ripped consecutive RBI doubles with two outs in the fourth inning on Monday night lift West County past Grandview 5-2 in the Class 3, District 3 opener.
Peyton Nipper threw a complete game and struck out eight for the win, allowing two runs on just four hits while plunking three batters.
He kept the contest even at 2-2 with back-to-back strikeouts as runners at stood at second and third, then singled in the home half of the fourth to spark the go-ahead rally.
Francis finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored from the leadoff spot, and Gaia added his second double in the seventh as West County (18-6) advanced to face St. Pius in the semifinal round.
Nathan Bordeau collected a pair of RBI singles, and pitcher Ethan Mollard scored both runs while giving up 11 hits in defeat for Grandview (4-13-1).
Hayden Roney singled home Francis to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 edge in the third inning. Dake McRaven doubled and scored on an RBI single by Cody Ruble in the fifth.
Nipper went 2-for-3 at the plate, and was robbed of extra bases by a leaping catch from center fielder Bryan Martinez in his third at-bat. Pinch-hitter Tyler Price singled ahead of him.
Gaia caught a line drive to start a double play near second base, and first baseman Ty Simily flipped to the covering Nipper after making a lunging stop for West County.
Center fielder Kaiden Kaiser-Barton charged a bouncing drive from Colton McAnally in the opening frame, and threw him out at first base for a stunning assist and 8-3 putout.
Herculaneum 10, Arcadia Valley 3
LEADWOOD – Herculaneum scored five runs in the sixth inning on Monday night to sink higher-seeded Arcadia Valley 10-3 in the Class 3, District 3 opening round.
Jordan Duncan and Jason Harden smashed solo home runs in the third for a 4-0 lead, and the Blackcats (11-9-1) advanced to face top seed Jefferson.
Arcadia Valley (11-10) stalled after an RBI double by Jacob Gibbs and RBI singles by Corbin Rea and Kyle Helms reduced the margin to 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth.
Stephen Pursley tripled and walked twice for the Tigers. Rea finished 2-for-4 overall while Jackson Lamb walked twice and scored a run.
Carter Brogan suffered the loss after allowing four runs on four hits through three frames. Taylon Jones struck out seven before being chased by four unearned runs.
Herculaneum posted a 9-6 edge in hits.
Notre Dame 4, Fredericktown 1
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Fredericktown attempted to extend the best season in girls soccer program history with a second-half rally on Monday.
But top-seeded Cape Notre Dame tacked on two insurance goals down the stretch, and prevailed 4-1 at home in the Class 2, District 1 semifinal round.
Sophomore Arika Buxton trimmed a 2-0 deficit with her 24th tally of the season in the 62nd minute.
The Lady Blackcats carried the lowest seed in a punishing bracket that housed four programs ranked among the 12 best in the state.
Perryville edged Notre Dame (St. Louis) 3-2 in a top-10 semifinal battle.