Mykel Heese's sudden-death overtime penalty kick in 83rd minute makes soccer Lady Hornets 1-0 victors over Excelsior Springs at home. After one-day delay, due to rain, baseball Hornets stun Midland Empire Conference champ Savannah 7-5 in eight innings.
Due to a rainout Monday, Tuesday could have seen the curtain ring down on three 2018 Chillicothe (Mo.) HS spring sports seasons.
Instead, it will stand as one of the shining beacons of the school’s spring sports campaign.
After the boys' golf season unavoidably reached its terminus with the conclusion of the Class 2 state tournament earlier in the afternoon, within a span of about 20 minutes that night, both CHS’ soccer Lady Hornets and baseball Hornets produced post-regulation-time district tournament semifinal victories to extend already- historic seasons.
First, at CHS’ Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium II, the soccer Lady Hornets earned and converted – on senior back Mykel Heese’s pinpoint-accurate riser into the top, right corner – a penalty kick just over two minutes into sudden-death overtime to nip the game Excelsior Springs Lady Tigers 1-0.
Less than a quarter-hour later, at St. Joseph’s Phil Welch Stadium, after having seen earlier 3-runs and 2-runs leads get away from them, the baseball Hornets made two errors-aided runs in the top of the eighth inning finally the difference in the game by turning a game-ending double play to shock Midland Empire Conference champion Savannah, 7-5.
As a result of their school-record 15th win in 19 2018 matches, the female booters will host top-seeded Kansas City: St. Pius X for the Class 2 District 7 crown and a trip to the state tournament Thursday evening at 6 o’clock. St. Pius X has won a girls’ soccer district title each of the past four years and earned its berth in Thursday’s match in Chillicothe with an 11-1 early-finish rout of Cameron Tuesday.
The diamond Hornets’ triumph over a foe which had clobbered them 15-0 in five innings exactly one week before not only allowed this year’s team to equal the fourth-highest single-season wins total and surpass the second-most victories in back-to-back years in team annals, but also put the 13-10 club in tonight’s (Wednesday, May 16) Class 4 District 16 Tournament 5 p.m. title game (for a report, visit our website www.chillicothenews.com) against St. Joseph: Lafayette. The 16-7, top-seeded Irish blistered St. Joseph: Benton 10-3 in their semifinal.
(Separate stories on Tuesday's soccer and baseball contests will be posted here Wednesday morning).