THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 CHS RECAP: Hornets senior Montgomery earns third '18 golf tourney medal with 82. Tennis Hornets fall at home. Baseball Hornets use Winder whitewash to halt losing streak

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Similar to the recent Chillicothe Joe Shy Relays track-and-field competition, the 2018 Chillicothe High School golf Hornets’ biggest annual home event – the Chillicothe Invitational – benefitted from uncommonly mild, by 2018 standards, weather yesterday, the morning/early afternoon event at Green Hills Golf Course contested in increasingtly-mild and surprisingly-calm conditions only one day after the Hornets and other Midland Empire Conference teams muddled through very cold and windy conditions at Maryville for the league tournament.
Yesterday’s play at GHGC saw Chillicothe senior Hayden Montgomery earn sixth place with a 42-40–82, his third medal-winning effort in as many tournaments thus far in 2018.
He actually was one of four players to shoot an 82, the fifth-best round of the tourney. The four were separated into fifth through eighth place for the awarding of individual medals through scorecard playoffs.
The tournament’s medalist was Lathan Croy of Trenton, who fired a 76, two strokes better than runnerup Spencer Teel of Cameron and Matthew Madden of Maryville.
Team-wise, Cameron – Wednesday’s MEC runnerup to St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond – took the team crown with a low-4 score of 333. That gave the Dragons a scant 4-shots margin over second-place South Harrison. Maryville was third, only three more strokes back and fourth-place Macon was only 10 behind champion Cameron.
Fourteen schools had golfers in the tourney.
For Chillicothe, which – in part, due to a conflict with the state FFA convention – had only four players, Colby Gillespie fired a 62-54–116, C.J. Williams carded a 56-62-118, and Dalton Ripley a 60-66–126. That gave the Hornets a team score of 442, 13th of the 14 teams.
Montgomery’s 82 was a stroke over his season average per 18 holes.  Gillespie’s total unofficially was two strokes over his and Williams’ five over his. Ripley shot about a half-stroke under his average.
Chillicothe head coach Jim Wheeler noted of yesterday’s local competition, “I'd like to thank Dave Mapel and Keith Kepner of Green Hills Golf Course and Russ Madsen for all of their hard work that made the event go so smoothly.”
Having played a dual match Tuesday and then back-to-back tournaments Wednesday and yesterday, the CHS golfers are continuing their extremely-busy schedule Friday (April 20) in the Richmond Invitational at the challenging Shirkey Golf Course. They’ll then play a fourth tournament in four consecutive school days – Wednesday’s MEC tourney had been postponed from this past Monday – on Monday when they participate in the Bishop LeBlond Invitational at St. Joseph.
Next week is the final week of the 2018 regular season. The Hornets will play in the Class 3 district tournament at Excelsior Springs Monday, April 30.

Maasdam Stays Hot in Singles as CHS Tennis Boys Fall 6-3
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — After beginning the 2018 season with eight consecutive singles losses as he went from the Chillicothe High School Hornets’ No. 4 singles player a year ago to No. 1 this spring, junior Tyler Maasdam continued his recent run of success Thursday, April 19, although it was not enough to help the team prevail.
Maasdam won three games in a row to snap a 4-4 deadlock and eventually defeated Tage Young of Savannah 8-5 Thursday for his third singles triumph in a row, but SHS’ visiting Savages nevertheless returned home with a 6-3 Midland Empire Conference match victory.
Savannah claimed two of the three doubles sets, including Young’s and Josh Hegeman’s 8-2 conquest of CHS’ Grahm Mayers and Noah Crowe in No. 1 plays, and then took four of the six singles positions.
Chillicothe’s doubles win was provided by Seth Batye and Maasdam in the second spot, prevailing 8-5. Batye, like his doubles partner, then captured his singles action, winning 8-4 in No. 6 spot.
The defeat dropped Chillicothe’s overall dual-matches record to 2-9 (including all dual competitions). It is 1-3 in the MEC.
The tennis Hornets are to visit Kirksville for a second clash with the Tigers Tuesday.

Winder Winds Up Baseball Hornets’ Woes with Shutout
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Sophomore Jaden Winder and the Cameron Dragons were just what the dragging Chillicothe (Mo.) HS baseball Hornets needed Thursday.
Winless in five games since beating Cameron at home eight days earlier, the weary Hornets rode the right of Winder and steady offense to a 10-0, 5-innings triumph over the Dragons in the seventh-place game of the Pony Express Tournament at the Bartlett Park field.
Escaping a first-inning jam unscathed, thanks to some indiscreet Cameron baserunning, Winder held the Dragons to only one hit over the first four innings. By the time he returned to the hill for the home half of the fifth, he and his teammates had created a 10-runs cushion which allowed, when Winder worked out of a 2-on, no-outs jam in that frame with 3-straight strikeouts, the Hornets to end the game early on the 10-runs-lead rule.
The victory lifted Chillicothe’s record to 6-7.
The Hornets scored in every inning and played errorlessly while out-hitting the Dragons 11-3.
Winder’s 1-out, 2-runs single into left field scored Wes Brandsgaard and Drew Toedebusch in the top of the first inning, giving the 10th grader a lead to protect from his first pitch.
Consecutive 1-out singles by No. 8 batter Gage Kirkland and designated hitter Matt Smith in the second led to Mason Baxter’s bases-full forceout grounder boosting the Chillicothe lead to 3-0.
A leadoff double to center by Winder in the third led to an unearned run when Cameron made an error trying for a would-be inning-ending double play.
Up 4-0 after three, Chillicothe’s attack accelerated.
A leadoff base on balls to Smith and Brandsgaard’s opposite-field double to left set up Toedebusch’s 2-runs single to center.
Then, in the fifth, an error on a ball hit by Konner Sewell, a steal of second, and a Cameron misplay on Kirkland’s infield hit moved the lead to 7-0 with one down.
With two out, Brandsgaard singled in another run, frosh Baxter pounded an RBI triple to center field, and Toedebusch got a hit to make it a double-digits lead.
Statistically, Brandsgaard finished three for three with the bat, scoring twice, and again was hit by a pitch. Toedebusch, Winder, and Kirkland smacked two hits apiece. Senior Toedebusch drove in three runs and Baxter and Winder two apiece.
On the mound, Winder (3-2) struck out nine, walked two, and hit one in going the distance in 80 pitches – 50 of them strikes.
Having played seven games in nine days, the baseball Hornets have a bit of a break, not playing again until next Tuesday when they will host Pony Express Tournament champion St. Joseph: Lafayette.
Lafayette came back to down Savannah 9-5 for the PET crown Thursday.