CHS THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018, SPORTS ROUNDUP: Devin Dowell's late-first-half goal is margin of victory for booters. Baseball Hornets cave in late at St. Joseph: Benton
SAVANNAH, Mo. — In a hotly-contested match Thursday (April 5, 2018), Chillicothe High School’s soccer Lady Hornets came away victorious, 1-0, over the host Savannah Lady Savages.
The match’s only scoring came in the waning moments of the first half.
In the 37th minute, junior midfielder Devin Dowell split the Lady Savages defense to sprint in on a breakaway from 40 yards out for a 1-on-1 with the SHS goalkeeper, CHS head coach Shannon Grable reports. Dowell was able to slide the ball into the left side of the net for her first goal of the season.
Stout CHS defense held strong all afternoon, but, late in the match, junior goalkeeper Kennedie Kieffer had to come up with a penalty-kick save to preserve the win and her and Chillicothe’s third shutout on the season.
The win moved the Lady Hornets to 3-1 on the young season. Their next match is scheduled for Monday (April 9) at home against St. Joseph: Lafayette.
Baseball Hornets Collapse Late Against Benton
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — After rallying from an early 3-0 deficit to tie their game with the host St. Joseph: Benton Cardinals in both the fourth and fifth innings, the Chillicothe HS baseball Hornets had a major meltdown Thursday (April 5, 2018) and wound up on the short end of a 14-4 6-innings Midland Empire Conference drubbing.
The Hornets (4-2, 1-1 MEC) next are scheduled to host Cameron Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Chillicothe caught Benton a second and last time in the game in the fifth.
Following a leadoff walk to Trace Staton and a 1-out hit batsman (Kam Ward), senior left fielder Isaiah Boon put the ball in play to the left side of the field and the host Cardinals mishandled it for an error as Staton scored.
Benton again untied the game in the bottom of the fifth, however, with a 2-outs run on a wild pitch by losing pitcher Jaden Winder (1-1).
It then paraded 12 batters to the plate and scored nine of them in a 5-hits sixth inning that resulted in putting the 10-runs-lead rule into effect. In the course of three outs, Chillicothe had gone from tied to defeated by 10.
Benton tagged Winder for five runs – all earned – on eight hits and two walks in 4-2/3 innings. Reliever Drew Toedebusch then was victimized for the nine sixth-inning markers, only three of which were earned, while yielding five more BHS hits.
Chillicothe pulled into the 3-3 tie in the top of the fourth when Staton and Ward got aboard on errors and, with two outs, No. 9 batter and desgnated hitter Gage Kirkland singled to right field to plate them. After Wes Brandsgaard sliced a double to left field, back-to-back walks to Mason Baxter and Toedebusch forced Kirkland home with the tying run.
Statistically, Benton out-hit Chillicothe 13-4, according to CHS’ digital scorebook. The Cardinals were led by three hits and four runs batted in by No. 5 batter Tanner Schmidt. Four other BHS players stroked two hits each.
The Hornets, who committed four of the game’s seven errors, were paced by two hits and two walks for Brandsgaard.