TUESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2017, CHS SPORTS ROUNDUP: Softball team has 14 hits, wins seventh straight at Maryville. Boys' soccer, girls' golf, and volleyball teams all fall
A winning streak and a skid for separate Chillicothe High School fall sports squads were extended Tuesday.
The softball Lady Hornets continued to pound the ball as they collected 14 hits in an 8-3 Midland Empire Conference victory at Maryville. It was CHS’ seventh triumph in succession over the previous six days.
On the flip side, the volleyball Lady Hornets suffered a fourth defeat in a row as, playing a marathon match for a second night in a row, they fell 22-25, 31-29, 23-25 at Cameron.
The golf Lady Hornets sustained their first dual-match defeats of the season after five wins, losing to both Macon and Mexico 182-218 in play at Macon.
The soccer Hornets were denied a 3-matches winning streak when visiting Maryville scored the only goal of the day with only 62 seconds left in the first half.
Wednesday’s only scheduled sports activity for a CHS team is the tennis Lady Hornets’ participation in the Excelsior Springs Tournament.
CHS bats continue to thunder
MARYVILLE, Mo. — Led by Libby Adkins’ 2-for-3 game out of the No. 9 spot in the order, Chillicothe’s softball Lady Hornets had 2-hits days from five players as they subdued host Maryville 8-3.
Evening their Midland Empire Conference mark as they extended their undefeated stretch, the Lady Hornets (11-4, 2-2 conf.) scored in five of the seven innings and never trailed.
They came out on the right end of the score despite making four errors, which disturbed Mike Jones, the defending district champions’ head coach.
“We play too good of defense to have that many errors,” he reacted. “We need to tighten it up a bit.”
CHS declared its offensive intentions immediately. Harlie Jones, senior center fielder, ripped a triple to right-center field to begin the game and Abby Jones followed with a run-scoring single.
The third inning saw Maddi Graham follow Molly Jones’ leadoff hit with a RBI double to left and McKenna Poling then knock Graham in with a hit, making it 3-0.
Two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings made it 7-1, CHS, after five. Run-scoring triples by A. Jones and Graham brought home the markers in the fourth. Taylor Wilkison singled Jylian Davis home in the fifth before an error later let Wilkison cross the plate.
The last of the Lady Hornets’ five extra-base hits – a Davis double to left in the sixth – plated Mo. Jones with two outs in the sixth, giving the visitors an 8-1 margin.
Starting and winning pitcher Davis (5-1) showed some signs of weakening in the sixth, allowing two unearned runs on an error, base on balls, and back-to-back singles. Mo. Jones came in to get the last two outs, stranding two inherited runners, before working a 1, 2, 3 seventh for her third save.
Joining Adkins in stroking two hits apiece were the Jones sisters Molly and Abby, Graham, and Davis.
Maryville managed only six hits and one earned run.
Next for the softball Lady Hornets is to be Thursday’s home game against St. Joseph: Benton at 4:30 p.m.
Then, on Saturday, it will be the annual Chillicothe Invitational Tournament, starting at 8 a.m. at Daryl Danner Memorial Park.
The other seven teams entered are Carrollton, Excelsior Springs, Hamilton, Macon, North Platte, Putnam County, and Smithville’s junior-varsity.
Another long night for CHS spikers
CAMERON, Mo. — Although the sequencing wasn’t the same, the Chillicothe volleyball team lost in three games for a third time in less than a week, extending their match at Cameron to the distance with an overtime victory in game two before falling by the narrowest of margins in Tuesday’s finale.
The first game saw the host Lady Dragons eke out a 25-22 verdict which ultimately would prove to be the widest final margin of the evening.
In game two, Chillicothe (5-7-1) finally claimed victory on the 10th overtime point, sending the match to a deciding game.
It proved to be every bit as close as the other two with Chillicothe a point away from forcing overtime again before Cameron concluded the game and match.
Statistically, Chillicothe had 10 “kills” by Ruthie Vinson and 26 assists by Elli Ross. However, both had to work long and hard to reach those totals, Vinson attempting 30 spikes and Ross setting the ball a stunning 124 times in three sets.
Catey Ross led Chillicothe’s serving with 10 won points off her 19 serves.
The volleyball Lady Hornets will welcome St. Joseph: Lafayette Thursday night in a rematch of last year’s district finalists.
Soccer Hornets fall just short also
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — The first half proved just a hair too long for the Chillicothe soccer Hornets’ well-being Tuesday.
With visiting Maryville having dictated the play for the majority of the first 40 minutes, defense-oriented Chillicothe (5-4-1) almost reached intermission tied and with a chance to rest and reenergize. However, the Spoofhounds’ persistent pressure finally caused a crack in the CHS defense they exploited.
Forcing at least their sixth corner kick opportunity of the opening half with about 90 seconds remaining in the first half, Maryville had its play-in from the offensive right bounce around in front of the CHS net a bit before Chillicothe sent it away toward midfield.
Because of the time situation and the Hornets’ decidedly-defensive posture – only rarely did any of CHS’ four backs cross midfield, the Spoofhounds – as Chillicothe does when it takes a corner kick – had brought some of its back into the opponent’s penalty area for the “CK” and had everyone except its goalkeeper in Chillicothe’s end of Bob Fairchild Field and nine of its 11 players within 45 yards of the Hornets’ goal.
That attacking posture proved critical as Chillicothe’s clearing kick was quickly settled by a MHS player only about 45 yards from the goal, allowing the ’Hounds to have nearly as many players on Chillicothe’s end of the pitch as the home team did.
That essentially negated the Hornets’ strategy of being able to use a decisive edge in bodies within 30 yards of its own goal to out-number attackers and minimize Maryville’s chances of getting a clean, high-quality look at strong Hornets senior goalkeeper Drew Toedebusch.
On virtually even terms, manpower-wise, Maryville – after corraling the CHS clearing kick – quickly used its skillful ball control and positioning to slip the ball back toward the CHS penalty area to one of its players in some open space.
Chance Hermelink then slid the ball toward the center of the field to slick-footed sophomore Jaden Hayes, who had drifted out from the penalty area into some open space about 25 yards from the goal.
Accepting the pass, Hayes quickly stepped into a right-footed shot which kept rising as it zipped toward the CHS goal to Toedebusch’s left. The well-aimed, well-struck shot went between the ’keeper’s lunging, diving attempt to deflect it away and the left goalpost (from the defense’s perspective), about five feet inside the post, for the match’s first and only goal at 38:58 of the opening half.
Having had only sporadic serious thrusts toward the MHS goal in the first half, forays which, while potentially-dangerous, failed to produce shots on goal, Chillicothe twice nearly got the equalizer in the first 60 minutes of the second half.
Having the kickoff, the Hornets promptly maneuvered the ball down the field with a few passes and nearly had a player breaking in for a short-range shot from their offensive left. However, the shot couldn’t be executed before a defender arrived and the ball was sent over the baseline by Maryville.
The ensuing Brennan Munson corner kick from the left side was a low liner – reaching only about six feet high – that entered the group of players gathered in front of the net near the right goalpost (from the defense’s perspective).
After ricocheting around just a bit only yards from the goal, the ball looked to be coming to a CHS player’s foot for a possible shot, but rolled just too far past for the attempt.
The scramble for the still-uncontrolled ball continued as it skittered toward the other side of the beckoning net. Another Hornet seemed to get his foot on it and send it toward the goal, only to have it bang off the legs of a Spoofhounds player and carom back away from the goal.
After a frantic five seconds or so, Maryville was able to boot the ball upfield, relieving the pressure, and the Hornets never had as good a chance again the last 39 minutes.
"We came up a little bit short against an incredibly-talented Maryville team,” Tim Cunningham, CHS head coach, commented. “… I am so proud of how hard our guys compete, game in and game out."
While Maryville had lots of possession time on the Chillicothe end of the pitch and maneuvered the ball with control to try to create scoring chances, the Chillicothe defensive thicket was able to thwart most of those probes without the ’Hounds getting the ball through to Toedebusch.
The Hornets goalkeeper ended up with only four saves, but three of the four were either outstanding or spectacular.
Twice in the first half before Hayes’ goal, Toedebusch robbed MHS of tallies.
First, he got his leg – in inadvertent manner – on a sizzling shot which had zipped past his right arm as he leapt to his right and collided with the underside of the crossbar to his right. Caroming straight downward, it might have had enough forward momentum or spin to go into the net anyway had it landed on the artificial turf. However, with Toedebusch still descending from his jump, the ball appeared to strike the inside of his right knee or leg as it came down and bounced back onto the field.
Later in the half, on a shot headed to much the same area in which Hayes’ goal entered the goal, a leaping Toedebusch used his hand to redirect a hard, rising shot just over the crossbar and out of play.
The Chillicothe soccer boys’ next match will be Thursday at Savannah.
Golf girls can’t keep pace with pair of foes
MACON, Mo. — Having been in tournament play each of their previous three outings after spiking their dual-matches record to a surprising 5-0 early in this 2017 season, the Chillicothe golf Lady Hornets returned to dual play Tuesday, but were well off their form against much-sharper opponents.
None of the Lady Hornets was able to break 50 at the Macon Country Club course as both the host Tigerettes and Mexico shot 182 team scores, compared to CHS’ 218.
The showing dropped Chillicothe’s record to 5-2.
CHS’ best round Tuesday came from its top player thus far this season, Hallie Jones. The ninth grader posted a 51, about four strokes above her season average, and 14 strokes higher than match medalist Kylah Gore of Mexico.
Returning to the Lady Hornets’ lineup after not being in action in the previous day’s tournament action at Sedalia, Maddie Lamp fired a 53. That’s about a shot below her average.
Riley Brobst, who has the team’s second-best average for the year, carded a 54, about three strokes over her normal round.
Completing Chillicothe’s scoring foursome was junior Kennasyn Johnson, who made her varsity debut. Getting a par on the par-4 sixth hole on her way around the Macon layout, Johnson posted a 60, two strokes better than senior Jensen Simmer’s total.
The golf Lady Hornets go right back into tournament play Thursday, making their first home appearance this season when they host their annual tournament.
Play at Green Hills Golf Course in north Chillicothe will tee off at 9 a.m. Thursday.