CHILLICOTHE HS TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018, ROUNDUP (Updated May 10): Historic 4-0 triumph on pitch at St. Joseph: Lafayette for soccer girls. Baseball team no-hit in loss at Smithville. Tennis Hornets' team play for season concludes with district loss. Hornets thinclads on top yet again.
Five Chillicothe (Mo.) HS varsity sports teams were slated for action Tuesday, May 8, with it being the final regular-season action for three and, it proved, the last team competition of 2018 for a fourth.
The only one of the five with still more regular-season competition to come – the soccer Lady Hornets – made their day significant by their performance.
The CHS booters matched their program high-water mark for wins in a season with their 13th of 2018 – a 4-0 shutout at St. Joseph: Lafayette. The “doughnut” they posted was their 11th of the year, a new single-season standard, eclipsing last year’s 10.
Elsewhere, the recently-streaking baseball Hornets not only were bested by a sizable margin for a second game in as many evening, they were no-hit as they lost at Smithville, 7-1.
The tennis Hornets’ team season drew to its anticipate close when top-seeded Trenton blanked the visiting Hornets 5-0 in the semifinals of the Class 1 District 15 team tournament.
Also competing Tuesday were the track-and-field girls and boys, but no results from the Benton-hosted Cardinals Relays at St. Joseph had been posted online yet at the time of this story posting.
Seniors Lead Soccer Lady Hornets’ Record-Equaling Triumph
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Three years ago, three of this spring’s CHS soccer Lady Hornets were on the squad – one playing extensively – which won the district tournament championship and made the program’s first – and, to date, only – appearance in the state tournament while generating a team-record 13 victories.
Tuesday at St. Joseph: Lafayette’s Alumni Stadium, each of those three seniors scored goals in a 4-0 conquest which tied this year’s squad with the 2015 Lady Hornets for most matches won in a season.
In order, streaking outside forward Harlie Jones pumped in her seventh goal of the season on an 11th-minute penalty kick, outside forward Morgan Grable got her fifth tally of ’18 by putting home a rebound for a 2-0 gap in the final minute of the first half, and, after team scoring leader Sarah Graves knocked home her 14th of the spring, left inside back Mykel Heese converted Gracy Reeter’s drop pass into a 20-yards marker – her first of the year – midway through the second half to set the final score.
While the victory was in no doubt after Graves’ goal, on which Grable earned her team-high sixth assist, there was still a question which could not be answered until the final whistle: Would the Lady Hornets post their 11th shutout of the season?
The answer came in the affirmative, allowing this year’s team to move past the CHS record of 10 whitewashes, set only last year. This year’s 11 “bagels” have come in 17 matches after the 10 a year ago came across 19 outings.
All 11 of this year’s shutouts have come with junior Kennedie Kieffer in goal after she posted half of last year’s, missing several weeks of the 2017 campaign with an injury. Her 16 career shutouts is an individual CHS record.
The 2018 Lady Hornets, who start eight non-seniors, are 13-4 now, and finished 5-2 in the Midland Empire Conference. They are slated to wrap up regular-season play Thursday at home against Maryville in a non-league outing before beginning district tournament competition at home next Tuesday, May 15.
Tennis Hornets’ Team Season Concludes
TRENTON, Mo. — The steadily-improving Chillicothe HS tennis Hornets saw their team-competition wrap up Tuesday when they were blanked by the Trenton Bulldogs, 5-0, in the semifinals of the Class 1 District 15 team tournament.
Even with the defeat, the Hornets completed team play on an up-tick over the last couple of weeks of the season. They won four of their last seven dual matches after standing 2-10 in all duals through April 24. CHS’ final overall mark in 2018 team duals (including all tournament duals) was 6-13.
While team play is finished, this Saturday is due to bring the non-team portion of postseason prep tennis when schools enter two players in singles competition and two tandems in doubles play against the same schools with whom they competed in district team play earlier in the week.
CHS coach Bob Long has juggled and contorted his lineup all season, in part because of inexperience and in part because of non-availability of players. So he’ll have options to consider on who plays singles and who plays doubles Saturday, when players/duos compete for a top-2 finish that would advance them to state-qualification sectional matches the following weekend.
Tuesday at Trenton, the host and top-seeded Bulldogs romped in four of the five matches which were played to completion. Under postseason rules, once a team has earned five match wins in a dual, play in any incomplete singles matches is terminated.
On this occasion, Trenton pulled the plug on the Hornets when it took the Nos. 2 and 3 singles in straight sets with the loss of only one of 25 games after sweeping the three doubles sets.
Chillicothe’s Tyler Maasdam and Seth Batye made a big push to at least force a sixth match to be decided when they were tied 7-7 with THS’ Kade Ockenfels and Creed Houghton at the end of the regulation portion of their “pro-8” (first team to win eight games with at least a 2-games lead) No. 2 doubles set.
However, as they went into the tennis equivalent of overtime, the Hornets pair could not force the battle into a 12-points tiebreaker, dropping the next two games to succumb 7-9.
Chillicothe’s prospects for a winning set/match or two might have been better in singles as that style unfolded.
While Trenton was wrapping up its triumph with the Nos. 2 and 3 conquests, Hornets senior Gunnar Young was one winning game away from gaining victory in No. 5 singles.
One evening after his win had delivered CHS a 5-4 first-round verdict over Excelsior Springs, he had a 7-6 (5), 5-2 advantage over his THS opponent when action was stopped.
Batye also was ahead in his No. 6 singles best-of-3-sets match, having just sewn up the first set 6-4.
Of the other two singles positions, Maasdam was down a set at No. 1 and Matt Callen had not yet started his No. 4 match.
Trenton’s Gabe Swann and Nick Shields shut out CHS’ Grahm Mayers and Noah Crowe 8-0 in the No. 1 doubles set and Callen/Young dropped No. 3 doubles 1-8.
Baseball Hornets Handcuffed Again in Finale
SMITHVILLE, Mo. — A year ago, Chillicothe’s senior-heavy baseball Cardinals defeated Smithville’s Warriors in Chillicothe in their regular-season finale to become Midland Empire Conference co-champions.
Tuesday, with nothing at stake for CHS, other than trying to go into postseason play on a winning note – a status which didn’t work out well for them last year, when they fell in their first postseason outing, the Hornets struggled offensively for a second time in as many days.
Less than 24 hours after being blanked 15-0 on two hits at Savannah, the Hornets (11-10, 3-4 MEC) were no-hit as they dropped a 7-1 decision at outgoing MEC member Smithville.
Although the host Warriors’ winning margin ended up being six runs, they led only 2-1 after Chillicothe’s Drew Toedebusch drew a 2-outs, bases-full walk in the top of the fifth inning. The free pass followed two others and a hit by pitch, but when the batter after Toedebusch was retired on a ground ball to the second baseman, Chillicothe had lost its chance at victory.
Smithville reacted with five runs in the bottom of the fifth and relief pitcher Kellen Simoncic, who had come on to replace starter/winner Micheal Tyhurst and get that bases-full groundout to end the fifth, went on to complete the no-hitter, striking out three of the last four CHS batters.
Smithville had posted single runs in the first two innings off losing pitcher Jaden Winder (5-4), who went the route.
As Chillicothe begins district play Saturday, weather permitting, its back-to-back losses to end the regular season mean it must defeat Cameron to clinch a second-straight winning season. The baseball Hornets have had consecutive winning campaigns only twice previously in their 21-years history, the most recent occasion being 2008-09.
While another triumph is required for a winning campaign, the young CHS squad – with its recent 5-games winning streak – already has assured its fifth-straight year of double-digits victories. Prior to the current skein, the longest run of 10-plus Chillicothe wins had come from 2003-05.
After last spring becoming the first Hornets baseball coach to post a winning record (15-5) in his inaugural year at the helm, Canaan Fairley would become the second of the four head coaches in program history to have at least two. Dave Mapel, the diamond club’s original head coach who went on to have a 14-years tenure (through 2010), led the Hornets to five above-.500 marks, including a program-best 18 victories 10 years ago.
With six event wins, CHS boys champs of Cardinals Relays
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Even with some shuffling of the lineup and reduction of workload for some team members, Chillicothe’s track-and-field Hornets easily claimed their gender division’s title in Tuesday’s Cardinals Relays hosted by Benton.
In the girls’ division, the Lady Hornets’ 82 points took third.
Chillicothe won eight events: boys’ triple jump (Jon Burk), boys’ 1,600-meters run (William Perry), girls’ 100- and 300-meters hurdles (Kylee Larson), boys’ 1,600-meters relay (Kaleb Mullikin, Jacob Anderson, Isaak Rasche, Brett Shaffer), boys’ discus throw (Walker Graves), and boys’ 110- and 300-meters hurdles (Shaffer).
Chillicothe competes in its district meet Saturday at Richmond.