ST. JOSEPH (April 16, 2013) ♦ After twice inching above .500 for the season during last weekend's Marshall Invitational Tournament, the Chillicothe High School baseball Hornets have taken a spill.
Tuesday night in the consolation semifinals of the Pony Express Tournament, the varsity Hornets lost to the junior-varsity squad of St. Joseph: Benton 4-3 to sustain a third-consecutive loss.
As a result, the Hornets (3-5) now are slated to play in the tournament's seventh-place game Thursday at 6:30 p.m., again at the Bartlett Park diamond. They'll take on Cameron, which lost to Maryville 5-4 yesterday.
Benton's varsity will meet Savannah for the tourney's title.
Chillicothe never led after Benton's jayvees put together a 3-run third inning.
The Hornets came close to tying the game a couple of times and had budding rallies which could have put them in front with a timely hit, but the Cardinals' JV squad held on.
Chillicothe managed seven hits – Steven Cooper and D.J. Gannan each getting two in their back-to-back spots in the lineup, but was unable to bunch enough of them together to produce any multiple-runs innings.
Senior righthander Bobby Peniston (0-1) went the distance on the hill, the first Hornets to go the route thus far in 2013. He allowed only four hits and no earned runs. His lone walk issued turned into the winning run and he struck out six.
According to CHS coach Troy Figg, if the extensive rain expected today and into tomorrow prevents the Hornets' Thursday game from being played, it would be moved back to Friday.
With several participating schools – including Chillicothe – having their proms slated Saturday night, Figg told the C-T tournament officials had indicated they will not reschedule any games for Saturday.
Chillicothe's junior-varsity was due to host Mendon: Northwestern's varsity in a home doubleheader today, but it was washed out.
The JV Hornets also are slated to host Meadville in a twinbill Friday.