CHS THURSDAY SPORTS ROUNDUP: Sophomore hurler Winder eludes trouble several times en route to combined 6-0 shutout win at St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond. Track-and-field Hornets host another non-scoring "time trials" meet to prep for next Thursday's Chillicothe Joe Shy Relays

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Chillicothe High School’s 2018 baseball Hornets began defense of their Midland Empire Conference co-championship Thursday in sharp style, despite extensive roster turnover from a year ago.
Sophomore righthander Jaden Winder threw six innings and senior Drew Toedebusch finished up a combined 4-hits shutout as the Hornets blanked St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond 6-0 at Phil Welch Stadium.
The victory moved CHS, which started mostly seniors in 2017 and is using sophomores and freshmen extensively this spring, to 4-0.
Thursday’s game might have turned in the bottom of the very first inning.
After CHS was set down in order in the top of the first by BLHS starting pitcher Frankie Gall, the host Golden Eagles used a hit batsman, single, and 2-outs walk to have the bases full against Winder.
The youngster was unfazed, however, jumping ahead of the next man 0-2 before, after a fouled third offering, getting a groundout to freshman third baseman Mason Baxter to derail the threat.
That set a tone of unfulfilled threats by the home team, which left men at the corners in the second, couldn’t follow up on a leadoff single in the third, and – in the capper – did not score in the fourth after the first three batters reached to bring up the top of the lineup in a then-2-0 game.
With the potential tying run in scoring position and go-ahead run aboard in the fourth, Winder induced a popup to first baseman Trace Staton, struck out the next batter, and closed out the inning on a bouncer to second.
Winder then set Bishop LeBlond down in order in the fifth and sixth, giving him a string of nine batters retired consecutively to finish his stint.
By the time Toedebusch toed the rubber in the bottom of the seventh, his working margin had tripled to six runs, via a tally in the CHS sixth and three in the top of the seventh.
When senior left fielder Isaiah Boon doubled home Konner Sewell, who had walked leading off the seventh, and then joined Dawson Wheeler in scoring on an error, Chillicothe salted its fourth-straight win away, even though it finished with only five hits.
The game’s first – and winning – run was scored by Boon in the third inning.

After drawing a 1-out walk and stealing second, he scored easily on leadoff man Westley Brandsgaard’s opposite-field double to left. A single by Baxter and a balk then produced a second run in the inning.
After Winder danced out of danger repeatedly, the Hornets finally added on a bit in the sixth.
A 1-out walk to Baxter, his swipe of second, and a costly 2-outs error by the Golden Eagles – who had three in the game, gave cleanup man Winder a chance to swing. He delivered, stroking his second-straight single, to drive home Chillicothe’s third run.
Statistically, Winder and BLHS’ J. Guck had two hits apiece to lead the clubs’ attacks. Boon reached and scored twice and Baxter was on three times, including two walks.
On the bump, Winder struck out seven and walked only two. With a perfect seventh, including a strikeout, Toedebusch extended BLHS’ stretch of consecutive batters retired to 12.

Shaffer, Molly Jones, Graves multiple "winners" in 4-schools "time trials" home track-and-field meet

CHILLICOTHE Mo. — Led by senior hurdling ace Brett Shaffer’s trio, host Chillicothe had the best performances in 13 boys’ or girls’ events Thursday, March 29, in another “time trial” track-and-field at CHS’ Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium II.
Shaffer handily won his specialties – the 110-meters high hurdles and 300 intermediates – and also the 200-meters dash in the boys’ division.
Joining him in pacing the showings in other boys’ division individual events were classmate Walker Graves, who did so in both the shot put and discus throw, senior Jacob Anderson in the long jump, senior Jack Willard in the pole vault.
On the girls’ side, Lady Hornets senior Molly Jones was best in the pole vault and javelin throw, while Jylian Davis topped the shot putters, Kylie Larson paced the high hurdlers in her season debut, and Hunter Keithley led the way across the finish line in the 800-meters run.
Chilicothe’s 13th “triumph” was provided by the 1,600-meters relay group of Kaleb Mullikin, J. Anderson, Isaak Rasche, and Shaffer.
Thursday’s meet also included athletes from Lawson, St. Joseph: Lafayette, and Excelsior Springs.
Chillicothe’s thinclads will be involved in their first scoring meet and last home appearance of the 2018 season next Thursday when CHS hosts its annual Chillicothe Joe Shy Relays, beginning at 2 p.m. at Litton Stadium. A dozen other schools are slated to visit for that meet.
In Thursday’s action, dual 2017 state medalist Shaffer was far ahead of all other hurdlers in both of those boys’ races. He finished the 300-meters intermediate hurdles in 40.33 seconds after completing the 110 highs in 14.71. In the latter event, he was almost four seconds faster than the next hurdler – sophomore teammate Isiah Kille. In the longer race, his margin was almost seven seconds.
Shaffer rounded out his individual day by running the 200-meters dash in 22.93 seconds, just over three-quarters of a second quicker than anyone else.
M. Jones and Graves, both 12th graders, as well, each had the best showings in two field events.
M. Jones went highest in the girls’ pole vault, topping out at 8’6” while teammate Kennedy Corzette was next-best at 8’. M. Jones led the javelin throwers, too, at 84’4”.
Graves’ lone toss of 52’7-1/2” in the shot put was just over eight feet farther than the second-best effort and his second of two throws of the discus carried 156’1”, almost 15 feet farther than the next-best.
He also competed in the javelin throw and had the second-best distance there at 130’3”.
CHS had the leader in the girls’ discus also with Davis, another 2018 graduate-to-be, sailing it 97’3”, more than seven feet farther than her nearest challenger. Three of the top four in that event were Lady Hornets with Montana Hall third and Abby Jones fourth.
Track “wins” by Chillicothe girls were Keithley’s fastest finish in the 800-meters run, in which the sophomore was timed in 2:05.4, and Larson's 17.26 in the high hurdles. It was the 2017 sectional qualifier's first outing after an offseason foot injury.
Completing the host school’s roster of leading performers was Willard, who cleared 10 feet in the pole vault in his initial 2018 competition after a health issue.
J. Anderson showed the way in Thursday’s long jump, leaping 19’11”.
Additional second-best performances by CHS competitors beyond the two (Kille, Corzette) already noted included the girls’ 800-, 1,600-, and 3,200-meters relay units, the boys’ 3,200 relay group, one of its two boys’ teams in the 400 relay, Jordan Hibner of the Lady Hornets in the long jump and 400 meters, Jon Burk in both the high and triple jumps, Carly Beebe in the girls’ 3,200 run and Logan Asher in the boys’, Lydia Anderson in the girls’ 300-meters low hurdles, William Perry in the 800, Rasche in the 400, and Lucy Gaston in the high jump.