Using depth pitchers, diamond squad fell 11-3 to North Callaway in CHS’ opener in Marshall Invitational Tournament. Racqueteers finished 2-nights tourney at Kirksvills with only three singles set wins in 18 tries
Friday (April 12) tournament play did not go well for Chillicothe (Mo.) HS’ baseball and boys’ tennis squads.
After losing eight of nine doubles sets against players from Trenton, Grain Valley, and the hosts in Thursday’s first night of the annual “Tennis Under the Lights” tourney at Kirksville, the CHS boys returned there Friday to capture merely three of 18 singles sets against those foes.
While the tennis play was wrapping up, the baseball Hornets were seeing a brief winning streak (two games) terminated at Marshall.
The CHS diamond club scored the game’s first two runs in the top of the second inning and were tied 3-3 going to the bottom of the fifth inning. North Callaway then knocked out Hornets starting pitcher Matt Smith as it moved in front 6-3 after five and roughed up two relievers for a half-dozen tallies in the bottom of the sixth to pull away.
While the tennis Hornets will have a couple of days to try to regroup before hosting Cameron in a Midland Empire Conference match Monday, the baseball Hornets (3-5) return to Marshall for two more games Saturday. They are to meet the host Owls at 9 a.m. and Clinton right after that.
In the court competition at Kirksville, Chillicothe’s top player, senior Tyler Maasdam, was the only Hornet to win more than once. He bested Grain Valley’s top individual 8-3 Friday after combining with classmate Seth Batye for a narrow 9-7 triumph against Grain Valley’s No. 1 doubles team the evening before.
The tennis Hornets’ only other victorious sets in the tournament came against Trenton singles players. In No. 3 position, CHS junior Brendon Nelson prevailed over the Bulldogs’ Creed Houghton 8-6 and, at No. 6, junior Gavin Sampsel slipped by Weston Otto 8-6.
In terms of team results, Chillicothe won two of nine sets against both Trenton and Grain Valley and none against Kirksville.
On the ballfield at Marshall, sophomore leadoff man Mason Baxter tripled in Bradley Riley in the top of the second and later scored on Jaden Winder’s hit to stake CHS to its lead.
After North Callaway nicked Hornets senior starting pitcher Matt Smith for a run in the second and two in the third, Baxter drove in Riley a second time to knot things at 3-3.
However, as Smith, who entered the season as probably the Hornets No. 5 or 6 pitcher, tried to navigate the Thunderbirds’ lineup a third time, NCHS’ growing familiarity with his offerings and fatigue conspired to pave the way to three runs and a 6-3 lead for the team from Kingdom City, about 25 miles east of Columbia.
After Landon Swift got the last out of the fifth, he surrendered five runs in the sixth before Riley made his varsity pitching debut and retired two of the three batters he faced.
Depending on which digital statistics generated by the team you examine, Chillicothe stroked either eight or nine hits, all from the top four batters in the order. Stroking two each for certain were Westley Brandsgaard, Winder, and Baxter. Kam Ward either had two or three in four at-bats.
North Callaway collected a dozen hits, allowing it to easily overcome the three errors it made to CHS’ only one.