PARK HILLS – Albeit for just a fleeting moment on Thursday, Kimmy Wallen was back in the circle doing what she loves for the Central softball team.
After being recognized alongside Maddie Manion and Becca Voyles for Senior Day, Wallen took another step in her recovery from knee surgery by throwing the first pitch for a strike.
Chloe Coppedge took over from there for five strong innings, and the Lady Rebels upended third-ranked Scott City 4-2 in a rematch of last year’s district championship showdown.
Millie McDowell finished 2-for-2 with a double and RBI for 10th-ranked Central (12-5), who scored three times in the third inning and built a 4-1 lead in the fourth.
Coppedge allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out four. Taylor Marler threw two scoreless frames and fanned two while walking two for the save.
Rylee Venable homered in the fifth while going 3-for-4 overall, and Diamond Ham was 2-for-3 with an RBI single for Scott City (9-2).
Kaileigh Dirden pitched a complete game five-hitter and struck out four in defeat. She provided a double and single in four plate appearances.
Allie Kelly and Aubree Eaton propelled Central with RBI singles. Coppedge contributed a double, and Abby Holmes walked and scored.
West County 4, Valley 1
LEADWOOD – J.D. Whitter delivered a superb start on the mound for a West County staff that is already bracing for a busy wood bat tournament in Fredericktown over the weekend.
The freshman pitcher notched seven strikeouts, and allowed just one run on three hits over six innings as the Bulldogs defeated Valley 4-1 in conference baseball action.
Whitter was spotted a 3-0 lead in the opening frame. Ty Simily provided a crucial two-run single against opposing hurler Skylar DeClue, who then settled in nicely.
Zach Francis finished 2-for-3, and Hayden Roney added an RBI single for West County (2-0, 9-3). Kaiden Kaiser-Barton and Luke Gaia also contributed singles.
Peyton Nipper tripled and worked the seventh with two strikeouts for the save. Each team tallied once in the third inning.
Stetson McCoy had an RBI double for Valley (4-4, 0-2).
Valle Catholic 14, Kingston 4
STE. GENEVIEVE – The Valle Catholic baseball club picked up its fourth straight win with a 14-4 triumph over Kingston in six innings on Thursday.
Junior Owen Viox paced Valle Catholic (13-3-1, 2-1) with a four-hit day that included a double and four RBI. Kyle Roth added two hits with two RBI.
Carter Roth tripled among three total hits with three RBI, and Tyler Blum registered a three-hit day of his own with a double and two RBI.
The Warriors scored nine times in the first inning, and used four pitchers to subdue the Kingston (3-6, 1-2) lineup.
Arcadia Valley 10, Bismarck 5
BISMARCK – Jacob Gibbs, Luke Savage and Jackson Lamb provided RBI singles during a five-run seventh inning as Arcadia Valley outlasted Bismarck 10-5 on the road.
Savage finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and Eli Vandergriff highlighted his 2-for-4 game with a two-RBI double in the first inning for the Tigers (3-0, 7-6).
Taylon Jones singled twice at the plate, and pitched six innings for the win. He yielded six hits and five walks while striking out eight, but only one of the five runs scored against him was earned.
Lamb had two RBI and Carter Brogan scored two runs on equal 2-for-5 efforts. Stephen Pursley, Corbin Rea and Kyle Helms chipped in singles to bolster AV.
The score was tied 4-4 through five frames, and each club tallied once in the sixth. Bismarck (1-6, 0-3) grabbed a 4-3 edge with three runs in the bottom of the second.
Brogan closed the seventh by striking out all three batters faced.
Farmington 167, Central 188, Arcadia Valley 252
FARMINGTON – Jonah Burgess shot an even par round of 36 on the front nine at Crown Pointe, and the Farmington golf team topped Central and Arcadia Valley in a tri-match on Thursday.
He earned medalist honors by a six-shot margin while notching four birdies, including three in a span of four holes, and the Knights totaled a team score of 167.
Alden Klug finished with 43 while J.P. Ruble and Dylan Wiles posted identical scores of 44 for Farmington (7-0, 5-0), which will seek the MAAA title against North County and Potosi next week at Fourche Valley.
Central (5-1, 4-1) turned in a composite 188, and Arcadia Valley (0-7, 2-8) compiled 252. Trevor Bradley paced the Rebels as overall runner-up at 42.
TRACK & FIELD
CUBA, Mo. – Josie Landrum established a new season best, and earned the lone event victory by an Arcadia Valley athlete Thursday at the Cuba track and field meet.
Landrum secured her initial win in five 800-meter races so far as a senior, posting a time of 2:42.01 for the Lady Tigers.
Ashlyn Amelung finished third in the 400, and teamed with Laney Tucker, Erica Standefer and Landrum for third in the 4x200 relay.
Senior thrower Connor Bolhafner was third in the shot put to lead the AV boys.
St. Paul Lutheran standout Gabe Ayers placed second in the 3200 and third in the 1600.
Local Girls Results:
100 – 8. Trinity Russell, AV, 14.62
400 – 3. Ashtyn Amelung, AV, 1:08.76
800 – 1. Josie Landrum, AV, 2:42.01
1600 – 5. Hailey Debert, SPL, 6:32.00; 8. Olivia Ayers, SPL, 6:41.62
3200 – 4. Erica Standefer, AV, 13:41.52; 6. Hailey Debert, SPL, 14:21.72
4x100 – 8. Arcadia Valley (Arial Chappell, Gabriella Weber, Jadelynn Winnie, Alesica Henson), 1:05.06
4x200 – 3. Arcadia Valley (Ashtyn Amelung, Josie Landrum, Laney Tucker, Erica Standefer), 4:43.10
Shot Put – 8. Hannah Helvey, AV, 26-02.00
Discus – 5. Hannah Helvey, 74-05
Long Jump – 8. Trinity Russell, AV, 13-04.25
Triple Jump – 7. Laney Tucker, AV, 27-11.00
Local Boys Results:
400 – 8. Nathan Pannebecker, AV, 1:01.59
800 – 4. Caden Dettmer, AV, 2:20.88
1600 – 3. Gabe Ayers, SPL, 5:00.22; 7. Josiah Lantz, AV, 5:14.18
3200 – 2. Gabe Ayers, SPL, 11:11.28
300 Hurdles – 6. Dawson Couch, AV, 50.86
4x400 – 6. Arcadia Valley (Dawson Couch, Caden Dettmer, Nathan Pannebecker, Josiah Lantz), 4:10.94
4x800 – 4. Arcadia Valley (Cyrus Amelunke, Nathan Pannebecker, Caden Dettmer, Josiah Lantz), 9:42.80
Shot Put – 3. Connor Bolhafner, AV, 37-10.00
Discus – 7. Connor Bolhafner, AV, 87-09