CHS TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018, ROUNDUP: Hornets win fourth in row on diamond, rallying four times to finally nip Maryville 6-5 in 11 innings. Tennis Hornets, soccer Lady Hornets each post shutouts
Although two were tight, 2018 Chillicothe (Mo.) HS spring sports squads in action Tuesday (May 1) were three for three, in terms of triumphs.
The tennis Hornets were the exception to the rule, shutting out host St. Joseph: Lafayette 9-0. While they were waltzing, however, the soccer Lady Hornets were barely besting Cameron on the road 1-0 and the baseball Hornets – taking a close call to the extreme – three times erased deficits before Trace Staton’s bases-full single in the bottom of the 11th inning (correction from 13th previously posted) gave them a 6-5 home conquest of Maryville. All three CHS competitions were Midland Empire Conference outings.
Tennis Boys’ Reshuffled Doubles Lineup Sets Tone
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — With head coach Bob Long once more brewing up new doubles pairings, the tennis Hornets dominated Lafayette from start to finish, dropping more than three games in only one of the nine sets.
In doubles, the season-opening duo of Tyler Maasdam and Noah Crowe, unofficially 2-2 in four sets coming in, were reunited for only the second time since the third dual match of the season and played like they hadn’t been apart.
They captured the No. 1 doubles over the Fighting Irish’s Jon Taylor and Dennis Rainez 8-3, the same count by which the first-time tandem of Grahm Mayers and Gunnar Young prevailed in No. 2 spot. Those wins gave Chillicothe a trend-setting sweep of doubles, since Matt Callen and Seth Batye – also an inaugural pairing – steamrolled through their No. 3 opponents with losing a game.
“After conquering the (strong) wind, Grahm and Gunnar won the final six games,” Long noted of a mid-set turnaround in the No. 2 play.
Owning a 3-0 lead going to singles, CHS soon had the dual-match triumph sewn up as Young blanked his No. 5 opponent and Callen at No. 4 and Batye at No. 6 each won 8-1.
Maasdam posted an 8-3 verdict over Taylor in No. 1 action, the same score by which Mayers took No. 2 competition.
Lafayette’s strongest bid to salvage a set came in No. 3 singles, but Crowe withstood the threat for an 8-5 win.
The match victory was Chillicothe’s third in 13 overall duals this season (including split-day tournament duals at Kirksville). It also put them at 2-3 in MEC duals heading into their final dual of the regular season at home against Maryville Thursday.
Diamond Hornets Do the Comeback Thing Again
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Having overcome deficits – both early and late – in all three of their triumphs in claiming the championship of their own tournament last week, Chillicothe’s baseball Hornets kept that groove going at “June” Shaffer Memorial Park stadium Tuesday evening in a game that kept going and going and going.
Down 1-0 to Maryville since the second inning, the Hornets finally drew even in the sixth on Trace Staton’s 2-outs, 2-on single to center field.
After the Spoofhounds immediately regained the upper hand with a run off starting pitcher Wes Brandsgaard, who threw strongly again, in the seventh, CHS (10-8, , 3-2 MEC) forced extra innings with a tying tally in their half for a second-consecutive outing.
With two outs and no one on, No. 9 hitter Matt Smith put ball in play on a 2-2 delivery and reached on an MHS error. Pinch runner Brad Hayen moved up 90 feet when a pitch got away from the catcher and, after Brandsgaard was walked on four pitches, he dashed home from second when freshman Mason Baxter singled to center field. With a chance to win it there with one more hit, Chillicothe saw a line drive off the bat of Drew Toedebusch be snared in center field, sending the game to the eighth.
After a scoreless eighth, Maryville took yet another, more forceful, stab at securing a win when it got to relief pitcher Jaden Winder (5-3) for three runs in the top of the ninth inning. Tyler Houchin’s 2-runs double made it 5-2 and appeared to seal CHS’ doom, but the newly-confident young Hornets didn’t blink.
Another MHS error, this time on a ball hit by Kam Ward leading off nudged the door of opportunity open a bit. A 1-out free pass to leadoff man Brandsgaard, one of three he received on the night, brought the potential tying run to the batter’s box and Baxter’s second of three hits put it on base.
Toedebusch found grass with his drive into the outfield this time, his hit to right-center field plating two men and sending Baxter – the tying run – to third with one out. That advancement proved critical as, after the next CHS batter fanned, a 1-1 pitch again eluded the Spoofhounds receiver and Baxter darted home to knot the contest one more time at 5-5.
After a scoreless 10th in which Maryville was retired in order and the Hornets failed to score after its first two men reached on a walk and a single, the visitors tested CHS’ mettle once more.
The first two batters reached and a 1-out base on balls loaded the sacks, but back-to-back popups to shortstop Toedebusch in short left field and Baxter at third base stranded all three men.
Still facing MHS’ third pitcher of the game, the Hornets put the leadoff man aboard again in the 11th on a Baxter single. As a new reliever entered, Toedebusch waited out a walk. Winder then smacked a hit into center field on which head coach Canaan Fairley at third base held up Baxter with no outs.
In stepped senior first sacker Staton, whose hit on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the sixth had put Chillicothe’s first run of the game on the scoreboard. Three pitches into this prime plate appearance, he put CHS’ last – and winning – one on the board, as well, sending a single to right-center field that let Baxter stroll home and ignited an on-field, CHS walk-off celebration for the second game in a row.
Statistically, Staton’s last-pitch hit not only gave Chillicothe a 1-run edge for the game, but also one more hit than the Spoofhounds – 10-9. Critically, it turned out, Maryville’s two errors to CHS’ one also benefitted the hosts as both MHS miscues set in motion Chillicothe scoring innings.
Individually, Baxter led the Hornets with three hits and three runs scored, including the game-ender, while Staton had two hits and two runs batted in and Toedebusch two hits, two walks, and two RBI. For Maryville, Houchin had a team-best three runs driven in, while Jake Woods and Tyler Arnold smacked three hits apiece.
Although allowing three runs – all earned – on five hits, two hit batsmen, and two walks in his four innings, sophomore righthander Winder added to his team-high wins total with his first triumph in relief.
Brandsgaard, also a 10th grade portsider, held MHS to one earned run on only four hits and one walk in his strong seven frames. He was removed after the seventh because he was within two pitches of his 95-pitches limit.
Now on a 4-games winning streak, the baseball Hornets are scheduled to host St. Joseph: Benton Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in a non-conference game that, barring advancement to the state tournament, is to be their 2018 home finale.
Flawless Defense Makes Harlie Jones’ Goal a Winner for CHS Booters
CAMERON, Mo. — Getting a much-sterner test from the Cameron Lady Dragons than in their 5-1 triumph at home a couple of weeks earlier, the Chillicothe soccer Lady Hornets nevertheless added to their wins total Tuesday.
Senior Harlie Jones’ fifth goal of the season in the 14th minute proved to be the only scoring of the match as the Lady Hornets’ defense was its typically-stingy self in a 1-0 MEC victory.
Chillicothe (11-4, 3-2 MEC) won for the third time in a row as junior goalkeeper Kennedie Kieffer and the defense – featuring backs Kaylee Lewis, Elli Ross, Sydney Baxter, and Mykel Heese – concocted the team’s ninth shutout of 2018.
The evening’s only scoring came relatively early when attacking midfielder Devin Dowell played a ball past the Cameron defense and Har. Jones chased it down in time to beat the Lady Dragons’ goalkeeper. The senior’s five goals are second on the squad to Sarah Graves’ 13. Dowell earned her third assist.
The soccer Lady Hornets are to welcome Savannah to Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium II Thursday at 5 p.m. for another league match. Chillicothe shaded the Lady Savages 1-0 at Savannah in a non-conference tilt in early April.