THURSDAY, SEPT. 7, 2017, CHS ROUNDUP: Diamond girls give Savannah its first loss, 2-1, at Daryl Danner Memorial Park. Soccer Hornets get two goals from Hague in 4-1 victory at St. Joseph: Benton. Volleyball squad falls in three games

Softball and soccer triumphs marked Chillicothe (Mo.) High School’s quartet of fall sports contests Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.
After the diamond Lady Hornets slipped past previously-unbeaten Savannah 2-1 at Daryl Danner Memorial Park, the Hornets booters topped St. Joseph: Benton 4-1 on the road and the CHS varsity volleyball team suffered a 3-games loss at home against St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond.
No results had been received, at the time of this posting, on the tennis Lady Hornets’ road match with St. Joseph: Benton.
Winning pitcher Davis delivers game-winning hit
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Chillicothe’s softball Lady Hornets picked quite a way to get back to .500 and post their first 2017 Midland Empire Conference victory Thursday.
Lady Hornets pitcher Jylian Davis hooked a tiebreaking, 2-outs run-scoring single to left field in the bottom of the sixth inning, plating Maddie Graham from second base, as Chillicothe handed the Savannah Lady Savages their first loss in nine games, 2-1.
The victory snapped a 3-games losing streak – each by one run – for Chillicothe, which will play in the Lexington Invitational Tournament Saturday.
“Great game,” Mike Jones, CHS head coach, reacted. “So proud of these girls!
“… We won a close game against a very good team.”
Davis’ hit followed a sacrifice bunt by Laney Gaston that had advanced Graham to second after her leadoff single.
Armed with a lead again, the senior righthander closed out the win by striking out two and handling a comebacker while working around a 2-outs single in the seventh. Davis had struck out only two batters in the first six frames.
CHS (4-4, 1-2 MEC) had let a 1-0 lead it had held since the third inning slip away with an unforced throwing error in the top of the sixth.
The Lady Hornets, who out-hit Savannah 6-5, but also had the game’s only two errors, used a sudden, 2-outs uprising to get in front in the third.
After having its first eight batters of the game retired in order, Chillicothe got a ground-ball basehit into left field by Libby Adkins for its first hit.
Adkins then stole second base before Harlie Jones waited out a base on balls. Sophomore third baseman Abby Jones then dumped a single in front of the left fielder as Adkins darted home.
Davis, who yielded five hits and walked only one, was her own best defensive support, starting from the very first inning.
After allowing a leadoff walk and 1-out basehit that left Savannah runners at the corners, the CHS hurler snagged a line drive back up the middle and flipped to Gaston at first for an inning-ending double play.
In the second, after a leadoff double to right-center field and a groundout to shortstop on which the baserunner advanced to third base, Davis moved in quickly to field a safety-squeeze bunt and throw the batter out at first while the baserunner held. The CHS hurler then caught the next batter looking at a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.
In the top of the fifth, Davis cleanly handled two bouncers back to her to begin the inning, meaning a triple that followed only generated a threat, not any scoring. When the following batter popped up to catcher McKenna Poling, the Lady Hornets pitcher had stranded a Lady Savage at third again.
She worked under duress again in the sixth in keeping Savannah from going ahead.
A leadoff hit and a tap that somehow found its way through the field into short right-center field should have left SHS runners at first and third, but a wild throw let the lead runner score and trail runner move into second base with the potential go-ahead tally.
Davis responded by getting a routine fly ball to center field and a strikeout before a close call ended the inning.
Gaston made a fine play in getting to a soft, right-side tap and shoveling the ball to second baseman Jordan Hibner, who hustled over to cover first, just in time to nip the batter. Had the ball not been handled cleanly, the lead run might have scored on the play.
Davis was the only CHS batter with a multi-hits game, going two for three.
Soccer Hornets back above .500 with 4-goals salvo
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Limited to only two goals total over their previous four matches, Chillicothe’s soccer Hornets doubled that amount Thursday, besting host St. Joseph: Benton 4-1.
Senior forward Bryce Hague led the way with his fourth and fifth goals and fifth assist of the season, while Zach Boyles got his first 2017 tally and Brennan Munson hiked his team-leading assists total to seven with two helpers.
The Hornets (4-4-1) got on the scoreboard first just past the mid-point of the opening half when Boyles converted a setup by Hague in the 22nd minute.
About nine minutes later, Hague knocked his first goal of the day off Munson’s first assist of the afternoon. That gave CHS a 2-0 cushion at halftime.
Only about eight minutes into the second half, Benton halved the lead as Peyton Barbee scored off a corner kick, Chillicothe head coach Tim Cunningham reports, but the Hornets responded.
In the 57th minute, Hague was set up by C.J. Pfaff and restored the 2-goals lead. The margin grew to three with about 10 minutes left when Gavin Seeley rang up his third goal of the year off a pass by Munson.
Statistically, Chillicothe out-shot Benton decisively – 10-4 – and had a 7-2 advantage in corner kick attempts.
Drew Toedebusch, CHS’ senior goalkeeper, posted three saves.
Chillicothe’s boys’ soccer team will host Knob Noster in a noon game at Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium Saturday.
Volleyball Lady Hornets’ MEC upset bid denied again
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — For a second time in as many tries, an attempt by the Chillicothe volleyball Lady Hornets to upset one of the Midland Empire Conference’s best teams was turned aside Thursday night.
Having barely lost both games in their match with long-time league power Smithville at home exactly a week earlier, Chillicothe took the opening game of their home match against St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond 25-20.
However, the visiting Lady Golden Eagles turned things around and registered nearly-identical 25-17 and 25-16 victories in the last two games to pull out the match, 2-1.
The loss moved CHS’ record to 0-2 in the conference and 4-2 overall.
Chillicothe junior Maggie Pfaff converted on half of her 16 “kill” attempts at net to help pace the attack. Kaylee Lewis matched her eight spikes, although she needed 23 attempts to do so, and paced the net defense with three blocks. Elli Ross earned a team-leading 19 assists and Devin Dowell served eight winning points, including two aces.
Chillicothe struggled to sustain winning rallies. It won less than half (26) of its 58 served points.

The Lady Hornets will play in their own annual tournament Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. in the CHS gym.