CHS weekend sports roundup

ST. JOSEPH — A pair of 4-1 triumphs allowed Chillicothe’s third-seeded tennis Lady Hornets to secure just that finish in Friday’s Benton Invitational Tournament at the Noyes Tennis Center.
Chillicothe opened with a decision over the hosts, winning both singles positions and the Nos. 1 and 3 doubles. After losing 0-5 to eventual champion Kansas City: St. Pius X in the semifinals, CHS bested Maryville via another singles sweep and two doubles verdicts – this time at Nos. 1 and 2.
With the abbreviated-match results, the racket Lady Hornets’ season record moved to 5-3.
In the finals, top Lady Hornet Gracy Reeter completed a strong tournament with an 8-0 drubbing of her MHS foe. She previously had come within an eyelash of defeating her St. Pius X foe, losing on a tiebreaker, 8-9. Reeter had taken her Benton match 8-0 also.
Also going 2-1 on the day were top doubles entry Hannah Cypert and Hunter Keithley and No. 2 singles player Macy Cavanah.
Cypert/Keithley prevailed 8-0 against Benton, lost 4-8 against SPX, and took an 8-4 decision against Maryville.
Cavanah had shutout victories versus both Benton and Maryville, while losing 1-8 to the Kansas City team.
Going 1-2 on the day were the No. 2 duo of Lauren Gregory and Hannah Zimmerman and No. 3 Brynlee Faulkner and Olivia Lamp. Zimmerman/Gregory eked out a 9-7 decision in the finale after Lamp/Faulkner won topped their Benton opponents 8-1.
Chillicothe’s next action will be at Kirksville tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Softball girls split four
UNIONVILLE — A pair of 1-run defeats kept the Chillicothe softball Lady Hornets from placing in the top three in Saturday’s 8-teams Putnam County Invitational Tournament.
After besting Marceline 5-3 in six innings and hammering Schuyler County 16-1 in three, the Lady Hornets’ sloppy defense kept them from qualifying for the championship game as they squandered a 3-0 lead after four innings and lost to Clark County 6-5 in six in their round-robin finale.
Left playing for third place, CHS fell behind Kirksville 6-1 after 21⁄2 innings and saw a last-gasp rally fall short, 6-5.
“Wish we could have it to do over again,” Mike Jones, Lady Hornets head coach, said of the Clark County game.
Of the tourney overall, he observed, “It has shown us we can play some pretty great softball. Hopefully, we will develop into the team I know we are.”
CHS’ top hitters in the tourney were senior shortstop Maddie Graham, who was seven of 12 with seven runs batted in and five scored from the cleanup spot; senior pitcher/outfielder Molly Jones, who scored nine times while going six for 11; and senior catcher McKenna Poling, who – with a huge 5-RBI game against Schuyler County – knocked in a team-high eight runs.
Pitching-wise, both Mo. Jones and Jylian Davis had a complete-game win and a loss as a starter in a game they did not complete.
Next for the softball Lady Hornets, now
3-3 on the season with a 0-1 Midland Empire Conference mark, will be league play at Cameron this afternoon at 4:30.
No wins for booters as tournament concludes
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS — The Chillicothe soccer Hornets ended this past week’s Excelsior Springs Invitational Tournament without a victory in three tries.
Wrapping up play Saturday, they first played to a 1-1 draw with Maryville, then were blanked for a second time in the tourney, falling to Warrensburg 3-0.
CHS was the only one of the four teams in the round-robin event not to post a victory.