MARSHALL — Chillicothe High School's Troy Toedebusch, a junior righthander making only his third varsity pitching appearance, retired the first 13 Windsor batters he faced on his way to firing a no-hitter in a 13-0, 6-inning victory Friday in the first round of the Marshall Invitational Tournament. However, the Hornets could not follow up with a victory on Saturday to come away from the tournament empty-handed.
Chillicothe fell to the once-beaten tourney host 9-5 late Saturday morning and then was defeated by?Kirksville 3-1 in the third-place game when KHS’ Nathan Lamp smacked a 3-run home run in the top of the seventh inning.
After inching above .500 again at 4-3 with Friday’s triumph, the Hornets carry a 4-5 mark into this week’s Pony?Express?Tournament at St.?Joseph. They’re due to meet St.?Joseph:?Benton in a 4:30 p.m. game today on the Missouri?Western?State University field. Win or lose, CHS is slated to play again tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. against either Maryville or St. Joseph:?Bishop?LeBlond at either Phil?Welch Stadium or Bartlett Park.
Supported most-productively on offense by classmate D.J. Gannan's 4-for-4 performance, Toedebusch allowed only two baserunners on Friday.
He hit Lane Soendker with a 1-2 delivery with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning to lose the perfect game and then walked the leadoff batter in the sixth after a 6-run top half by the Hornets had positioned them to end the game on the 10-runs-lead rule after six. The man Toedebusch walked eventually ended up at third base with one out, but the CHS righty preserved the shutout as well as the no-hitter by getting the next man looking at a third strike and then inducing a groundout to second baseman Bobby Peniston, whose flip to Gannan at first competed the Toedebusch gem.
Toedebusch (2-1) was staked to an immediate 2-0 lead before throwing his first pitch. It would stay
2-0 through three frames, however, before a 5-run fourth and 6-run sixth by the Hornets combined with their pitcher's mastery to halt things an inning prematurely.
In the Chillicothe first, recently-installed leadoff man Austin Hatfield got things going with an infield single and Toedebusch did the same. Gannan's hard grounder up the middle went through, plating Hatfield from second for a 1-0 lead.
After Gannan was forced at second, Guy Vinson's RBI groundout to second bumped the lead to 2-0.