CHS FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018, RECAP: Girls booters advance to championship side of tourney at Moberly with 6-0 romp as Graves nets third 2018 “hat trick”. Track-and-field boys strong in weather-shortened meet. Baseball, tennis Hornets blanked in tourneys

Chillicothe (Mo.) HS’ 2018 spring sports squads in action Friday, April 13, experienced a couple of highs and a couple of lows with one sandwiched between those extremes.
The soccer Lady Hornets dominated Mexico 6-0 in the first round of the 7-teams Lady Spartans Invitational at Moberly late in the afternoon, posting their fifth shutout in six matches this season while junior forward Sarah Graves was tallying her third “hat trick” (three goals in a match) already.
Simultaneously, about 90 minutes south of Moberly, the track-and-field Hornets were winning five of the 16 completed events in a thunderstorm-shortened meet at California. In that no-team-scoring meet, the youth-laden Lady Hornets had only one placement better than third place – that a second, although there were some bright spots with six third-place showings.
Two CHS boys’ teams participating in tournaments Friday were decidedly on the short end of their outcomes.
In their first game in the 4-teams, round-robin Marshall Invitational, the baseball Hornets were shut out on two hits by North Callaway, 6-0. Meanwhile, in the singles play of the 2-day “Tennis Under the Lights” Tournament at Kirksville, Hornets netters – minus two injured regulars – wrapped up their split-day team matches against the host Tigers, Trenton, and Grain Valley having won only one of 27 sets and absorbing three match losses.
Weather permitting, as is anticipated to be the case, the soccer and baseball tournaments will conclude at their respective sites Saturday.
The Lady Hornets booters are slated to face top-seeded Jackson: Saxony Lutheran in a 9 a.m. match, then play for either first or third place at 1 p.m. at Moberly. The baseball Hornets – technically still with a chance to win the title despite Friday’s whitewashing, due to the round-robin format – have a 9 a.m. game against the host Marshall Owls and an 11:30 a.m. contest with Clinton on their remaining slate.

Soccer Lady Hornets Post New Season-High in Scoring in Romp
MOBERLY, Mo. — Four days after a 4-0 home victory over St. Joseph: Lafayette established a new 2018 high-water mark for the CHS soccer girls, they surpassed that within 58 minutes Friday en route to a 6-0 romp past Mexico in the opening round of the Lady Spartan Invitational.
The goal scoring was highlighted by junior forward Sarah Graves’ second 3-goals “hat trick” in as many outings and third of the season. The shutout was 5-1 CHS’ fifth in six matches.
The scoring, Chillicothe head coach Shannon Grable reports, started in the fifth minute when Harlie Jones played a “through ball” to Graves for the finish.
After that quick beginning, it remained 1-0 until the 31st minute when Jones again passed to Graves, whose long floater carried just over the outstretched arms of the Mexico goalkeeper before dropping into the netting.
Up 2-0 at halftime, Chillicothe fashioned a flurry in the first 23 minutes of the second 40-minutes half to put the victory on ice.
Again just less than five minutes in, Graves completed her “trick” and posted her ninth goal of the season by running onto a pass Morgan Grable slid through the box. Three minutes later, Devin Dowell picked the upper left corner of the Mexico goal with a shot from outside the penalty area for her second 2018 goal for a 4-0 CHS lead and, 10 minutes after that, sophomore Magy Thomas got on the end of a pass from Graves for her first varsity goal ever, making it 5-0 in the 58th minute. Addie Ficken finds Gracy Reeter with a square pass for that sophomore’s first 2018 goal, as well, in the 63rd minute.
Starting goalkeeper Kennedie Kieffer and solid backup Caitlyn Cothern combined for the shutout, although – for a third time already this year – strong defense by the entire CHS club kept the opponent from generating a shot on goal the entire 80 minutes.

Hornets Cindermen Continue To Excel
CALIFORNIA, Mo. — A non-scoring track-and-field meet shifted by host Boonville to California while the BHS track is being overhauled wound up being curtailed, due to the arrival of lightning and a thunderstorm in the meet’s latter stages Friday, but Chillicothe’s Hornets continued their very strong 2018 showing while they could.
Seniors Walker Graves and Brett Shaffer each won twice individually and another event – the 400-meters dash – produced a 1-2 CHS finish from sophomore Isaak Rasche and senior Jacob Anderson. There is a good likelihood those five Hornets triumphs would have been added onto, had the final three races – the 200-meters dash, 3,200-meters run, and 1,600-meters relay – not been erased by the storm.
Graves took the top spots in the shot put (45’) and javelin throw (147’4”) – he also was second in the discus throw. Shaffer ruled in his specialty – the hurdles – with times of 14.92 seconds in the highs and 39.55 in the intermediates. He did not get a chance to compete in the cancelled 200 and 1,600 relay.
While those victory pairs were solid, if expected, the Hornets’ highlight event of the day had to be the open 400.
There, not only did rapidly-emerging sophomore Rasche show the way in 53.59, but teammate Anderson was closest behind him in 54.55. Anderson also took third in the long jump.
Another positive Friday was junior sprinter-jumper Peyton Forck making a return from a recent ankle injury to tie for third in the high jump. If he can avoid reinjury while expanding his workload and improving his performance to 2017 levels, he’ll make the Hornets stronger as they bid for Midland Empire Conference and district team titles down the road.
Also chipping in nicely for the CHS boys in Friday’s Jack McCush Invitational meet were junior middle- and long-distance runner William Perry, who took second place in the 1,600 run and third in the 800, and the 400-meters relay group of Deon Reynolds, Muhammad Ahmad, Jake Chapman, and Austin Brown, which took second in 47.83.
On the girls’ side, the top Chillicothe finish was by junior hurdler Kylee Larson, who was second in the 300 lows. She also provided one of the team’s six third places in the 100 highs.
Other thirds were by freshmen Lucy Gaston (tie) in the high jump and Delaney May in the 200, the 3,200 relay group of Carly Beebe, Elena Boon, May, and Hunter Keithley, Keithley in the 800, and Jordan Hibner in the 400.
Next on the slate for the track-and-field teams is to be Tuesday’s Cameron Invitational.

Injury-depleted Tennis Hornets Have Tough Time
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — With their second- and fourth-best players unavailable, due to injuries, Chillicothe didn’t figure to have much success in the “Tennis Under the Lights” Tournament.
Minus sophomores Grahm Mayers, sidelined for the first time, and Brenden Nelson, who did not play in any of three outings this past week, Hornets racketeers – with nearly everyone having to play one or two notches higher in the lineup than the normal pecking order, were fairly easy pickings for opponents Kirksville, Trenton, and Grain Valley over the course of the 2-evenings event.
When everything was wrapped up Friday night, Chillicothe had won only one of the 27 singles or doubles sets it had played, reports coach Bob Long. That came in Thursday’s doubles competition when Seth Batye and Tyler Black – making his varsity debut in the tourney, due to the Mayers and Nelson absences – prevailed 8-4 over their Kirksville opposition.
With the non-availability of one-third of the normal dual-match lineup, Chillicothe lost to Grain Valley and Trenton 0-9 and to Kirksville 1-8.
Long used Tyler Maasdam and Gunnar Young as the No. 1 doubles team with Noah Crowe and Matt Callen at No. 2 and Batye/Black at No. 3. None of those tandems had ever competed as a duo previously.
In singles, Crowe returned to the No. 2 spot behind Maasdam he had briefly at the start of the season. Callen at No. 3, Young at “4,”, Batye at “5,” and Black at No. 6 singles each played two ladder slots above their team rank.
Aside from the lone Black/Batye victory, the closest any Hornets single or doubles entry came to winning a set was a couple of 5-8 defeats.
Chillicothe’s netters, hopefully at or closer to full strength, next are due to visit Cameron for Midland Empire Conference team play Monday.

Diamond Hornets’ Bats Disappear Quickly
MARSHALL, Mo. — Two days after posting season highs for runs (nine) and hits (12) in a victory over Cameron, the Chillicothe baseball Hornets’ offense went back into the deep freeze Friday, despite much-milder weather than they’ve often played in this spring.
CHS was shackled on only two hits and three bases on balls by a trio of North Callaway pitchers as the Thunderbirds from the Kingdom City region east of Columbia posted a 5-0 win in their and CHS’ Marshall Invitational opener.
Playing as the home team, the Hornets had a golden chance to grab not only an early lead, but a sizable one, after starting and losing pitcher Jaden Winder (2-2) stranded a T-bird at second in the top half of the first inning.
Leading off the bottom half, CHS catcher Wes Brandsgaard slammed a double to left-center field and moved to third on Mason Baxter’s ground ball on which the NCHS second baseman unsuccessfully tried to throw courtesy runner Dawson Wheeler out at third.
However, with runners at the corners and no outs, a bouncer to the third baseman resulted in Wheeler being trapped off third and tagged out in a rundown. A strikeout and groundout followed, keeping the game 0-0.
With Winder hitting a wild spell, North Callaway rode its defensive momentum into a 2-0 lead, cashing in a leadoff hit batsman and follow-up walk that ended the CHS sophomore righthander’s time on the bump after only 25 pitches and six batters.
Reliever Drew Toedebusch walked the first man he faced before an error on a bases-loaded single let North Callaway post two runs.
The Thunderbirds added a run in the third on a 2-outs, bases-empty home run to left by Chad Maupin gave starting and winning pitcher Ben Bradley a 3-0 cushion. A second of three CHS errors, a walk, and a single led to two more North Callaway runs in the fourth, closing out the scoring.
Bradley went the first five innings to get credit for the win. A pair of relievers worked a hitless inning each to complete the shutout.
After Brandsgaard’s double opening the first inning, Chillicothe’s only other hit was Trace Staton’s 1-out single in the fourth. The Hornets missed their last real chance to get back into the game that frame, leaving the bases full..