Prep Baseball Report

State Quarterfinals Taking Shape

Most of the Missouri quarterfinal field is just about set, with a couple of weather delayed games scheduled to play today. Class 4 and 5 quarterfinals are scheduled for Thursday, and Class 1, 2, and 3 are scheduled for paly today.

Here is a look at some of the sectional action from yesterday.
Class 5

Vianney 6   Seckman 1
Vianney scored early and often en route to a 6-1 win, and advancing to face rival CBC in the quarterfinals. In the first inning, Vianney put two on the board after Matt Brown bunted home Jack Klages and Mat Jones smashed an RBI double. The Golden Griffins broke the game open in the third, scoring three runs and extending their lead to 6-1. The big hit of the inning came off the bat of Chris Cornelius, who smacked a two out, two RBI single. Jake Hemphill picked up the win on the mound, scattering five hits, striking out one, and not issuing a walk.

CBC 3   Eureka 0
RHP Robert Plohr threw a one hit shutout, retiring the first 11 batters he faced, and overpowered the Eureka bats. CBC scored a run in the first on a Justin Paulsen sacrifice fly, scoring Joe Schrimpf. In the second inning, Jake Burger led off with a double and came around to score after back-to-back fielder’s choice groundouts Bobby Lang and Mike Venturella. The Cadets added one more run in the fourth inning, an unearned run, to pad the lead to 3-0.  CBC will face rival Vianney on Thursday in the Class 5 quarterfinals. CBC and Vianney split their two matchups earlier this season.

Rock Bridge 11   Lebanon 1 

SLUH 2   Hazelwood West 1
Pitchers Andrew Quinn for SLUH and Devin Williams have different styles on the mound, but matched each other out for out in a game where runs were expected to be a premium. Quinn, the finesse pitcher went five innings, allowing one run and relied on his defense behind him while Williams used his overpowering fastball, which topped at 94-mph to overpower the SLUH bats, striking out eight and allowing only two hits; with one of the two hits coming in the first inning on a RBI single by Kaleb King. West would get a run back in the second on an error, and then SLUH would retake the lead after pinch runner Joe Delsignore stole second and third, then crossed the plate on a wild pitch. 

SLUH ace Brian Howard, who was the expect starter, relieved Quinn in the sixth inning, entering with two runners on and started his outing with a walk to load the bases with no outs. Howard proceeded to strike out the next two batters and end the inning on a ground out to get out of the jam and preserve the lead. Howard struck out two more batters in the seventh for the save, and set up a quarterfinal matchup with Francis Howell. 

Francis Howell 2   Ft. Zumwalt West 1
Calvin Munson does it again on the mound and at the plate. In the first inning, Munson helped himself out getting the scoring started, driving in Elijah Dilday on an RBI single to centerfield. From there on it was pretty much up to Munson on the mound and the defense behind him to get the job done. Munson threw a compete game, striking out eight and allowing only four hits and one earned run. 

Francis Howell scored their second run of the game in the third inning, when Dilday hit his second double of the game and drove home Jake Hellweg, who had reached in a fielder’s choice groundout. 

West made it interesting in the bottom over seventh. A solo home run by Jordan White trimmed the lead to 2-1, but Munson was able to get the last two outs on a fly ball and easy groundout. 

Blue Springs South 2   Rockhurst 1 (8 innings)
Blue Springs South has had an up and down season, and it looks like they are back on the upswing at just the right time. The Jaguars needed eight innings to get past a Class 5 favorite in Rockhurst and advance to the quarterfinals to face Staley. Reece Eddins was one of the heros for Blue Springs South, and as he has done on multiple occasions this season, was masterful on the mound. Eddins struck out eight, and showed how tough he is on the mound by getting out of the top of the eighth inning with a man on third and no outs, and not allowing him to score. 

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Colton Pogue hit a one out single followed by a single to center by Eddins. Pinch hitter Zac Slaven singled and Pogue crossed the plate to score the upset win. 

Staley 8   Ft. Osage 2
A five run fourth, led by RBI singles off the bat of Michael Calvert and Joe Scavvuzzo, a two RBI triple by Cody Nutt and an RBI double by Kole Hummel was all the offense Brian Alewin would need. Alewin allowed four hits and struck out five in the complete game win. Hummel finished the game going 3-for-4, with an RBI and run scored, and Nutt had two runs driven in.

Class 4
Westminster 4   Lutheran South 1
Westminster defeated Lutheran South for the third time this season, and advancing to their third consecutives quarterfinals. Bryce Bell and Shane Benes provided the offense for Westminster, each driving in two runs. Ben Lovell continues to excel in his senior campaign, throwing a complete and scattering six hits and striking out three. 

St. Mary’s 2   Clayton 1
Clayton recorded seven errors on the afternoon, and St. Mary’s took advantage to defeat the Greyhounds and advance to the quarterfinals. Down 1-0 in the fifth, Alex Hines led off, reaching second on a two base error and came around to score after the throw on Matt Causino’s bunt was off the mark to the Clayton first baseman. Causino advance to second on an errant pickoff attempt, and Matt Lamb came through with a hard single allowing Causino to score to go ahead and eventual game winning run.  Adam Bieber picked up the win for St. Mary’s. 

Booneville 7   Duchesne 3
Jalen Poindexter went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homerun to lead Booneville to the Class 4 quarterfinals.  Zach Nixon’s two RBI single in the third snapped a 1-1 tie, and Booneville maintained their lead the rest of the way. 

Oak Grove 3   O’Hara 1

St. Pius X 3   Savannah 2
Senior Grant Gavin struck out 12 batters and drove in two runs, an RBI double in the third and a run scoring single in the sixth to lead Pius and advance to the quarterfinals. Zane Wilt kept Savannah in the game, going 2-for-2, including a seventh inning homerun to cut the lead to 3-2. 

Class 3

Springfield Catholic 7   Cuba 0
Tyler Ast surrendered five hits and Eric Smith, Eric Atwell, Rob Ruzicka, Danny Richardson, and Drew Rash each had two hits and Matthew Tipton hit a three run homerun to lead Catholci to the Class 3 quarterfinals, where they will face Fair Grove. 

Hallsville 9   Palmyra 0 

Fatima 8   Holden 0
Fatima took advantage of a few Holden errors and pulled off the upset to advance to the quarterfinals. 

Maryville 8   Richmond 4
Maryville recorded their first quarterfinal appearance since 1981, scoring four runs in the first to jump out to an early lead. Ridge Yount, Jonathan Baker, and Tyler Tripped hit singles in the opening frame and all came around to score. Baker added an RBI single in the fourth, followed by a two RBI double off the bat of Tripp. 

Class 2
Hartville 12   Belle 3

Canton 5   Elsberry 4 (9 innings) 

Russellville 5   Harrisburg 2

Archie 4   Cole Camp 3 

Class 1
New Franklin 12   Stoutland 1 

Sturgeon 10   La Plata 0

Weaubleau 9   Drexel 5

Santa Fe 11   Northwest 1
Keaton Graf threw a no hitter and Santa Fe pounded out 13 hits en route to a quick five-inning win. Graf struck out 12 of the batters he faced and went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, homerun, and three runs driven in. Andrew Curry had a perfect 3-for-3 day, including a double, homerun and two runs driven in. Chad Tieman and Ben Hinz also chipped in with a pair of RBIs. 

Northeast (Cairo) 7   Linn County 3