Chillicothe (Mo.) HS Monday roundup: Softball, girls' tennis, girls' golf defeated

Three Chillicothe High School sports squads were in action Monday. None prevailed.
The softball Lady Hornets absorbed loss No. 1 of 2016 in game No. 1, taking a recently-arranged game at Eagleville from host North Harrison 2-1.
The contest replaced one scheduled for this Thursday against Midland Empire Conference member Bishop LeBlond. The St. Joseph school did not have enough players go out for the sport to have a team.
While the softball team travelled to Eagleville, the girls’ golf varsity team went even farther – to Maryville – to participate in a new tournament using best-ball play.
CHS’ Lady Hornets came away with a team score of 227, eighth-best out of the 12 teams. Savannah took the team title with a 180.
On the home front, the tennis Lady Hornets hosted nearby foe Trenton and absorbed a 7-2 defeat. Chillicothe did win the top set in each style of play as its match record dipped to 1-3.
Thursday will be another very busy day for CHS fall sports. The softball, volleyball, girls’ golf, and boys’ soccer teams all play away from home.

Chillicothe softball girls edged in debut
EAGLEVILLE, Mo. — Although held to three hits and two walks by CHS junior righthanded pitcher Molly Jones, host North Harrison bunched all three hits – mostly weak ones, according to Chillicothe head coach Mike Jones – to score two runs in the second inning and shade the Lady Hornets, 2-1.
Chillicothe’s only scoring came in the top of the sixth when No. 9 hitter Libby Adkins and leadoff girl Harlie Jones got back-to-back hits to start the inning. Although none of the next three Chillicothe batters got the ball out of the infield, Adkins was able to score on a wild pitch.
That brought the Lady Hornets within a run going to the seventh, but they were retired in order to end the game.
Those consecutive hits in the CHS sixth were its only hits of the day.
“We played well defensively (only one error, on the leadoff batter in the bottom of the first inning),” coach Jones reflects, “but our bats were silent for the first four innings.”
Like Chillicothe, North Harrison (2-1) committed only one error in the non-conference game.
Chillicothe’s softball girls are to host St. Joseph: Lafayette Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in their home opener. Games are played at Daryl Danner Memorial Park.

Tennis Lady Hornets fall at home
Things went well for the very-lightly-seasoned hosts at the top of the lineup, but a Trenton squad with more experience took over from there, posting a 7-2 triumph at the Daryl Danner Memorial Park courts.
“Trenton has a very deep team,” CHS coach Amanda Marsh describes. “They place the ball well and we are still working on just being consistent. We are young and learning a lot very quickly.
“I have a competitive, hard-working team that doesn't like to lose, so I look forward to playing Trenton again, because I think it could be a very different outcome.”
Not wanting a different outcome when the teams meet again at Trenton Sept. 15 will be sophomore Gracy Reeter, Chillicothe’s top player and only returnee with real varsity experience.
She opened yesterday by combining with Hannah Cypert to best THS’ No. 1 doubles tandem of Clair Utley and Lauren Dolan 8-5. The CHS 10th grader then rolled past Utley by a 10-0 shutout in No. 1 singles.
“I am extremely proud of Gracy Reeter and Hannah Cypert for winning in doubles and Gracy for winning her singles,” commented Marsh.
“Those girls figured out quickly their opponents’ weaknesses and were able to capitalize on that. They were focused, start to finish, and never let up. Two well deserved wins!”

While THS’ Lady Bulldogs went on to capture the other seven position sets, one was very close and a couple of others reasonably so, prompting the Chillicothe coach’s anticipation for the mid-September rematch.
At No. 2 singles, CHS senior Maelaina VanFossen gave Dolan a great duel before the Trenton player prevailed 10-8.
“I am also extremely proud of Mae,” emphasizes Marsh. “…She has been battling back issues this season. That was an extremely-long, grueling match and she hung in and never gave up. That kind of drive is what makes her a great senior leader!”
All of the Chillicothe entries won at least two games.
“I feel like my girls played really hard and made the Trenton players work for every point,” Marsh salutes.
Chillicothe displayed a little more team-wide depth by winning three of the four junior-varsity sets – all in doubles – by substantial margins.
On tap next for the Chillicothe tennis girls is Tuesday’s Midland Empire Conference home dual against St. Joseph: Lafayette. It will start at 4 p.m. at Danner Park.

Senior-less golf Lady Hornets add experience
MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Chillicothe Lady Hornets golf team finished eighth in a new, 12-team best-ball tournament hosted by Maryville High at that city’s Mozingo Golf Course Monday.
Each team entered six players in three 2-person teams. The lowest two best-ball scores from each school were added for a team total, Chillicothe coach Bob Long details.
Chillicothe, which has no seniors on its roster, used the scores from its top duo – Hannah Sherrow and Lexi Hargrave, who carded a 109 – and from Riley Brobst and Lauren Price, whose round was a 118 for a team total of 227.
Savannah took first place with a 180, followed by Gallatin at 182.  Bree Barnett of Tarkio won the individual medalist, with a score of 89.  Delaney McKnight of Savannah finished second with a 91.  Megan Cox and Taylor Rardon of Savannah shot an 88 for the lowest best-ball score.    
The Sherrow-Hargrave score of 109 placed it 17th out of the 35 golfing pairs. Sherrow's individual 120 led the Lady Hornets and placed her 27th out of the 71 individuals.
CHS’ Hargrave shot a 123 (31st), Price a 128 (36th), Brobst a 129 (37th), Maddie Lamp shot a 137 (46th) and Hannah Haakonstad a 149 (57th).
The tandem  of Lamp and Haakonstad shot a best-ball score of 132.  
“The Mozingo course, along with the heat, proved to be a tough test for the Lady Hornets,” Long comments. “Despite being the first 18-holes competition for many of our players, all of them played hard to the end and found some aspects of their game to improve.”
 The golf Lady Hornets will travel to Cameron Tuesday to play Cameron and St. Joseph’s Benton, and Lafayette squads in a triple-dual.