Missouri Roundup: June 2, 2018 - State Playoffs


Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

Class 1
Oran 4, St. Elizabeth 1 - (Oran Class 1 State Champion)
Oran took a 3-0 lead into the fifth, when St. Elizabeth added a run in the bottom half of the inning.  Oran would add an insurance run in the top of sixth and claim a 4-1 win to earn the Class 1 State Title.  Drew Reishman scattered seven hits over seven innings to claim the win for Oran.  He struckout five with no walks and allowed one earned run.  Layne Johnson paced the offensive with three hits, while Todd Priggle, Drew Reischman and Clay Sauceda each tallied a pair of hits for Oran.  Aaron Blomber went 2-for-3 with an RBI for St. Elizabeth. 

Green City 14, Walnut Grove 2
Green City pounded 11 hits in an 11-2 win over Walnut Grove to finish in third place in Class 1. Camden Williams went 2-for-4 and drove in three, while Michael Hall went 2-for-2 with two walks for Green City.  Hunter Chase,  and Michael Peavler each had to hits to lift Green City.

Oran 7, Green City 1
Drew Reishcman collected three hits and drive in one for Oran in a 7-1 win over Green City in the Class 1 semifinal game.  Cole Priggle also added three hits with two runs scored and an RBI, while Layne Johnson struck out 10 and walked one to earn the complete game win for Oran

Walnut Grove 2, St. Elizabeth 4
St. Elizabeth scored three in the first and added another run in the second to hold for the 4-2 win and earn a spot in the Class 1 Finals.  Colin Green went 2-for-4 with and RBI, while Aaron Blomberg trouch out nine and walked six in 5.1 inning of work. 

Class 2
Valle Catholic 12, Mansfield 5 - (Valle Catholic Class 2 Champions)
Mansfield jumped out to an early lead, but a six-run fifth inning from Valle Catholic proved to be the difference as the Warriors claim the Class 2 State Championship. Tyler Blum went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead Valle Catholic.  Christian Loida drove in three runs and collected a pair of hits and Carter Roth collected three hits and scored three runs for the Warriors.  Devin Kingery was 3-for-4 and Spencer Greene had a pair of hits for Mansfield. 

Russellville 6, Skyline 4
Russellville scored three runs in the bottom of the first and added another run in the second to take an early 4-1 lead.  Mansfield knotted the game at 4-4 in the fifth, but Russellville added two run in the bottom of the sixth to hold on to a 6-4 win and earn third place in Class 2.  Mason Stewart went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs, while Nick Thompson went 2-for-3 for Russellville.  Brant Gideon and Tyler Pinon each had two hits for Skyline. 

Valle Catholic 6, Skyline 1
Valle Catholic got a complete game from Christian Loida to advance to the Class 2 State Championship game.  Loida struck out five with two walks to move to 9-2 on the season.  He also had two hits and scored two runs to lead Valle Catholic offensively.  Zachary Grein (Valley Catholic) went 1-for-3 and drove in two runs. 

Russellville4, Mansfield 16
Jordan Evans went 2-for-3 and drove in four runs in a 16-4 win for Mansfield.  Devin Kingery and Jacob Gray each collected two hits and drove in a pair of runs, while Arley Miller earned the win on the mound for Mansfield. 

Class 3
Malden 9, Strafford 8 - (Malden Class 3 State Champions)
The Malden Green Wave took a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first on back-to-back two out hits, the second hit being an RBI double from cleanup man Gavin Bristow.  The next two innings went scoreless for both sides as Malden starting pitcher Tye Miller worked out of a bases loaded nobody out situation and Strafford starter Dillon Turner left runners in scoring position in each of those innings.  Strafford took the lead in the top of the fourth inning on a two out double from designated hitter Nicholas Oliver that drove in two runs.  The Green Wave responded in the bottom half on another two out double that drove in two runs from Tye MillerMiller then stole third and then came into score has the throw got away from the third basemen to put Malden on top 4-2.  Strafford retook the lead in the top of the fifth inning with four runs, the big hit coming yet again with two outs, a two run single from Hunter Langston.  Strafford now up 6-4.  But Malden responded once again scoring five runs in the bottom half with five runs on six hits to go along with two Strafford errors putting Malden up 9-6 after five innings.  The Strafford Indians would not go down without a fight as Hunter Langston put one into the left field bleachers, a two run bomb bringing the Indians to a 9-8 deficit.  The Indians put two more runners on base in the top of the seventh, but Green Wave closer Mason Brown got two straight pop outs to end it and the Malden Green Wave were crown class 3 Missouri state champions.  Green Wave first baseman Donterrian Triplett had a big day at the plate going 3-4 with a double, two runs scored and a stolen base.  Gavin Bristow went 2-3 with a double.  Hunter Langston, Bryce Boswell, and Drew Stoll all had two hits each for the Indians.


Holden 3, Hallsville 2

Malden 9, Holden 3
Malden scored five times in the bottom of the third inning to take a 6-0 lead and never looked back to earn a 9-3 win over Holden.  Donterrian Triplett struckout four and allowed no walks in 5.2 innings to earn the win for Malden. Catcher Gavin Bristow turned in a 3-for-3 performance, while Shay Amoss and Triplett each had a pair of hits in the Malden win.  Peyton Seiz went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for Holden.

Hallsville 0, Strafford 6
Anthony Caldwell (Strafford) throws a complete game shut-out for Strafford, allowing just one hit with eleven strikeouts.  Dillon Hester homered and Dillon Turner tripled and drove in to two to send Strafford on to the championship game.

Class 4
St. Mary's 0, Aurora 2 (Aurora Class 4 State Champions)

St. Mary's 6, Excelsior Springs 5
St. Mary's exploded for five runs on four hit in the sixth and overcame a 4-1 deficit to earn the 6-5 win over Excelsior Springs. Michael Parks earned the complete game win for St. Mary's, while Adam Kopff added a 3-for-4 day at the plate scoring two runs.  Dameon Willis added two hits in St. Mary's win.  Peyton Soria went 2-for-4 and worked five innings on the mound for Excelsior Springs.

Boonville 3, Aurora 5
Wyatt Sparks stuck out 13 and walked one in a complete game win to send the Houn' Dawgs to the Class 4 State Championship. Kole Ficken homered in the first inning and gave Boonville and early 1-0 lead.  The Pirates later took a 3-1 lead scoring two on run on three hits in the third. Gage Singer and Sparks hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth to give Aurora to tie the game a 3-3.  Aurora added runs in the fifth and six to make the scored 5-3, and hold on to claim the win. 

Class 5
Vianney 8, Hickman 2 - (Vianney Class 5 Champions)
Hickman took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first on doubles by Cameron Chick and Coulton Doyle, but Vianney answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning highlighted by a two-run double by Dominic Moro.  Vianney wouldn't look back, adding another run in the second on a solo home run by Brock Daniels and scoring four times in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Andrew Keck and two run single by CJ Cepicky. Noah Niznik went 4.1 innings to earn the win.  He allowed just two hits and fanned four hitters.

Blue Springs South 4, DeSmet 3
Blue Springs South scored once in the first and once in the third to take a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning, but DeSmet would take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two-run double by Spencer Daesch and later scoring on a Katom Parnell single.  Blue Springs South answered with two runs in the top of the seventh on an Allante Hall double, followed by a John Herrman RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Will Heller  The Jaguars would hold on, 4-3, for the win.  Brant Lightner went 6.1 innings for Blue Springs South to earn the win, with four strikeouts and one walk. 

Vianney 5, Blue Springs South 3
Luke Mann went six innings on the mound with five strikeouts and four walks, allowing three runs and five hit.  He added a three run home run in the first inning to lift Vianney to a 5-3 win over Blue Springs South and earn a spot in the Class 5 title game.  Will Heller went five innings for Blue Springs South, striking out three and walking one.  He allowed three earned runs on four hits.  Jared Ravencamp singled and scored in the top of the sixth inning to tie the score at 3-3, but the Griffins scored twice in the bottom of the inning on singles by Mann, CJ Cepicky, and Devin Ward to claim a 5-3 lead.  Ryan Insco worked the seventh inning to earn the save for Vianney.

DeSmet 2, Hickman 6
The Hickman Kewpies needed just two offensive innings to earn a comeback win against a fundamental DeSmet Spartan team, securing a spot in the class 5 Missouri state championship game.  The Spartans opened up the scoring in the bottom half of the first inning with a well manufactured run.  After a leadoff infield single from Spencer DaeschDaesch then stole second and later advanced to third on a pitch in the dirt.  With runners on second and third, Spartan 3-hole hitter drove a ball to the right center field warning track to drive in Daesch with a sacrifice fly.  DeSmet added another run in the fourth inning.  Designated hitter Alex Logusch singled down the third baseline, advanced to second on a ground out, then with two outs put the pressure on the Kewpie defense stealing third, the third sailed into left field and Logusch came in to score putting the Spartans up 2-0 after four innings.  DeSmet starting pitcher Will Martin held the Hickman offense in check for four solid innings.  Martin had great command of his fastball and his breaking ball, getting ahead of hitters and pitching to contact, letting his defense work behind him.  The top of the fifth inning is when the Kewpies took the momentum and ran with it.  Shortstop Tyler Montgomery led off with a single through the 6-hole.  A sacrifice bunt moved Montgomery to second.  Then back to back RBI doubles from the nine hitter, Teague Robertson, and the leadoff man, Cameron Chick tied the game up at two.  Hickman took that momentum with them on defense in the bottom half of the fifth.  Kewpie catcher Bennett Patton redeemed himself in a big way after the error that led to a Spartan run back in the fourth by gunning down two consecutive Spartans attempting to steal second.  Shortstop Montgomery followed that up by making an outstanding diving backhand play for the third out.  Montgomery immediately followed up that big defensive play by hitting 2-run shot into the left field bleachers to put the Kewpies up 4-2 in the top of the sixth.  Connor Ashton would extend that lead later in the inning with a two out ground rule double that drove in two.  Hickman now leads 6-2.  Starting pitcher Kyle Brown was solid for the Kewpies giving up just two runs on four hits, four walks, and three strikeouts.  Brown’s curveball was the key to his success, throwing it for a strike in any count to keep the Spartan hitters off balance.  He spotted his fastball very well to go along with that sharp curveball.  Jake Deakins, a tall lefty took over in the sixth inning for the Kewpies and made quick work of the Spartans with a 1-2-3 inning.  Deakins used a heavy dose of slurve-like breaking pitches to strikeout three over 1 2/3 innings.  DeSmet would battle in the bottom of the seventh to load the bases, bringing the tying run to the plate with two outs.  But Hickman’s centerfielder Bennett Patton came in to blow a 3-2 fastball by Stephen Randazzo and the Kewpies earned a trip to the state final.  Hickmans’ Cameron Chick finished the day 2-3 with two opposite field doubles and an RBI.  Right fielder Coulton Doyle added two hits and a run, and Tyler Montgomery finished 2-4 with a homerun, two runs scored and two runs driven in for the Kewpies.  Spencer Daesch had a nice day going 2-3 with two stolen bases and a run scored for the Spartans.

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