CHS THURSDAY SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Victory over St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond in Pony Express Tournament consolation final also will count as Midland Empire Conference result, pushing CHS' record to 9-3 overall, 2-0 in MEC. Tennis boys bounce Savannah 7-2 in league match.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Chillicothe (Mo.) High School baseball Hornets gained dual benefits from defeating St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond 6-3 Thursday, April 20, in the consolation game of the Pony Express Tournament.
The victory, which moved CHS’ overall 2017 record to 9-3, not only gave them the distinction of being winner of the consolation bracket of the tournament, but also, due to rainouts of two previous planned meetings with Bishop LeBlond, doubled as the teams’ Midland Empire Conference matchup for this year. Chillicothe’s conference record therefore advanced to 2-0.
Chillicothe will visit St. Joseph: Lafayette next Tuesday for more MEC action before hosting its own annual tournament next Thursday and Saturday.
Chillicothe and Bishop LeBlond were tied 3-3 after five innings Thursday before Ty Figg’s single snapped the deadlock and the Hornets tacked on two insurance runs.
Bishop LeBlond had knotted things at 3-3 when, with one out in the fifth inning, Manny Montoya homered off CHS starting and winning pitcher Tristen Sewell (2-0) with the bases empty.
After the Hornets regained the lead, southpaw T. Sewell gave way to freshman righthander Jaden Winder recorded the last six outs to earn his first save.
Statistically, T. Sewell surrendered three runs on six hits, striking out five. Offensively, Chillicothe collected seven hits with Tanner Lent three for three and Ty Figg having his seventh multiple-hits game with two.
Jack Gall led Bishop LeBlond with two hits in four at bats.
Tennis Hornets Top Savannah 7-2 On Road
SAVANNAH, Mo. — After narrowly missing a sweep of the competitive doubles play, Chillicothe (Mo.) High School’s tennis Hornets took five of the six singles sets Thursday to post a 7-2 Midland Empire Conference victory at Savannah.
The Hornets unofficially improved to 3-6 in all dual matches this season, but climbed above .500 at 2-1 in the MEC.
They’ll host Cameron in conference action Monday, weather permitting.
Thursday’s duel against the Savages saw head coach Bob Long stick with the shuffled doubles pairings he’d unveiled earlier in the week and get enhanced results.
At No. 1 position, senior Max Anderson and sophomore Tyler Maasdam turned by Aiden Ervin and Raven Handsaker 8-5, while seniors Dalton Rosenbach and Bryce Larson were claiming an 8-4 triumph at No. 3 in their second appearance together.
CHS’ Jacob Henington and Nick Malloy, both seniors, took the No. 2 doubles to a 12-points tiebreaker before falling 8-9 (5).
As singles play got underway with Chillicothe barely in front, Larson got off to a quick start in his No. 6 position set and won it 8-4.
Even though Tage Young of Savannah bested Anderson 8-5 in No. 1 singles, the Hornets were on the cusp of clinching the match when Malloy zipped ahead of his No. 5 singles opponent by a sizable margin and Maasdam established a 7-2 lead in No. 4, Bob Long reports.
However, even as Malloy was finishing up his 8-1 victory, Maasdam’s opponent was charging back, ripping off a string of four winning games in a row, fighting off a couple of match points in the process. Finally, though, the CHS 10th grader secured the elusive eighth winning game, taking the set 8-6 and giving his team an insurmountable 5-2 lead in the match.
For good measure, Henington and Rosenbach snagged their Nos. 2 and 3 sets, respectively. Henington joined the day’s victory parade by an 8-3 margin as he won five of the last six games and Rosenbach led throughout in an 8-4 triumph.
Malloy’s singles win was his team-best seventh of the season, while Maasdam improved to 6-1 in singles in ’17.