CHILLICOTHE Things went quickly – and for the home team, happily – Monday as the Chillicothe High School tennis Lady Hornets steamrolled the visiting Lexington Minutewomen, 9-0.
Playing "pro-10" sets (first player to win 10 games wins), the Lady Hornets dropped a mere four of the 94 games played in the varsity match.
Posting wins by shutout were CHS' Sydnie Whiteside at No. 1 singles, Jozie Reeter at No. 5, Steffany Gramenz at No. 6, and all three Chillicothe doubles pairings – Whiteside and Chelsea Long at No. 1, Ali Stephens and Reeter at No. 2, and Kelly Westphal and Gramenz at No. 3.
"Everyone played well and dominated," stated Chillicothe head coach Aaron Douglas.
With the triumph, Chillicothe's overall record in full-length dual matches moved to 5-2. The Lady Hornets also have won two of three shortened duals in tourney play.
The tennis Lady Hornets' next match is scheduled for tomorrow when Kirksville is slated to visit for 4 p.m. play.
CHILLICOTHE Down to their last six outs, Chillicothe High School's softball Lady Hornets put together a small-ball rally to carry a lead into the seventh inning of Monday's home game against the Lexington Minutewomen.
Lexington was unfazed, however, bouncing right back with several solid hits to produce two runs in the top of the seventh and final inning and claim a 5-4 non-league victory at Chillicothe's Daryl Danner Memorial Park.
LHS' Katie Barnes singled sharply to left field to drive home the winning run with one out in the top of the seventh. That was the last of four singles the Minutewomen produced in its rally.
That denied Chillicothe what would have been an uplifting comeback victory at home.
Behind 3-1 after 51⁄2 innings, the Lady Hornets (3-6) used four hits of their own – including doubles by Brooke Thomas and Maura Sturguess, aggressive baserunning, and other solid execution to take its only lead.
Brooke Nelson led off the home sixth with a sharp single down the left-field line and moved to second on Taylor Daly's second successful sacrifice bunt in a row.
No. 7 hitter Sarah Hussey singled sharply through the hole into left field, moving Nelson to third and when the throw toward home plate to freeze Nelson got away, Hussey alertly scooted into second base with the potential tying run.
A tap off the bat of Nikki Hague was fielded by the LHS pitcher, who threw Hague at first. When the throw was made, Nelson broke for the plate and beat the throw there by the first baseman to put Chillicothe within a run. Hussey moved up to third on the action, as well.
Page 2 of 3 - Thomas then ripped a hard grounder off the edge of the glove of the third baseman and down the left field line. Not only did Hussey easily score, but Thomas aggressively tried for second, drawing a high throw which went into right field. After seeing where the ball was, Thomas elected to gamble and try for third, a smart move since it would expand strategic options for scoring the go-ahead run if she could make it. The throw from the right fielder beat her to third, but was a few feet to the home plate side of the bag and by the time the third baseman caught it and got back to the bag, Thomas had slid in.
Lauren Jones followed with a chopper that the third baseman didn't field cleanly on the short hop as Thomas was heading home. Jones reached safely as the Lady Hornets took the lead, 4-3.
The Lady Hornets got on the scoreboard in their fourth without a hit.
Nelson drew a leadoff walk and zipped all the way to third base on Daly's excellent sacrifice bunt. That aggressive baserunning allowed Nelson to score without a play when Hussey rolled out to second.
Hussey led the Chillicothe offense, going three for four with two runs batted in and a run scored. Baldwin was two for two plus her walks.
The diamond Lady Hornets are to visit Maryville today (Tuesday).
SEDALIA A 108 by Hannah Leamer was the best the Chillicothe High School golf Lady Hornets had as they finished down the line in their most-recent tournament outing yesterday, finishing 16th among 19 teams in the 18-holes Sedalia Smith-Cotton Invitational. Many large, large schools from larger cities and metropolitan areas took part.
The Chillicothe quintet continued to be both relatively consistent and bunched in its scoring.
There was only a 13-shots spread between Leamer and CHS' highest score – Megan Churchill's 121. Sandwiched between were Morgan Dowell with a 110, Shelley Rucker with a 112, and Kaylee Thieme at 116.
The CHS golfers play in another tournament at Platte City Wednesday (an error in today's print edition had that tourney being played today).
JUNIOR-VARSITY & FRESHMAN FOOTBALL
CHILLICOTHE Chillicothe and guest Maryville split developmental-level high school football contests at the new Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium Monday. Chillicothe's freshmen moved to 2-0 in 2012 with a 34-6 win before CHS jayvees fell 26-8.
In the opener, the ninth grade Hornets never trailed after Mason Hayward's 18-yards touchdown dash on a reverse and his successful conversion run made it 8-0.
After Maryville immediately responded with a TD, but didn't convert, Hayward again found paydirt on a run as Chillicothe led 14-6 at halftime. Aaron Baker's short run and a conversion pass from Kyle Ross to Wagner Chapman made it 22-6 in the third period before Hayward hauled in a Baker pass for his third score of the night and Jesse Miller went around end to score in the final stanza.
Page 3 of 3 - In the junior-varsity contest, Maryville posted a pair of TDs in each of the first two periods to account for all of its scoring. The JV Hornets' points came on a tackles-breaking 33-yards inside run by sophomore Cole Distler in the third period and a 2-points conversion pass from Jared Lauhoff to Trent Moore.
"The way the team responded by playing much better in the second half was a big positive," Chillicothe JV head coach Jim Wheeler commented. "This is something we'll try to build on."
Chillicothe's jayvees and freshmen will play at Cameron next Monday.