Central baseball reaches semifinals of Charger Invitational

Saturday, April 15, 2006

The Central baseball team split two games Friday at the Charger Invitational in Southaven, Miss., and qualified for the semifinal round.

Central clobbered state-ranked Oxford, Miss., 15-2 in five innings behind Brad LaBruyere's complete game and then lost a 5-3 decision to host Southaven.

The Tigers play at noon today in the semifinals against De Soto County Central and will play again at 3 p.m. in the finals round for the 10-team tournament.

Central, which had won its opener in the event on Thursday, sent its junior ace LaBruyere up against Oxford, which had been ranked No. 5 in the latest state poll by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

LaBruyere scattered five hits, allowed one walk and struck out six.

He also contributed a double to a 16-hit attack that was led by Blake Slattery's three hits. Garrett Stevens, Eric Ennis, Matt Hester, Ty Craft and Lance Young each had two hits. Hester, Craft and Young had doubles.

The Tigers held a 4-0 lead heading to the bottom of the second inning. After Oxford scored two runs, Central erupted for seven in the top of the third.

In their second game of the day, the Tigers led Southaven 3-2 heading to the bottom of the sixth inning, but Hugh Parham's two-run single against reliever Tyler Propst spoiled the day.

Central starter Justin Myers allowed just two hits and a walk as pitched into the sixth inning. He was charged with four runs -- two earned.

Central made three errors.

Hester added two more hits for the Tigers, who had seven to Southaven's four.

CENTRAL 15, OXFORD, MISS. 2

Central31704--15 162
Oxford02000--2 53

WP -- Brad LaBruyere, 6-1. LP -- Mike Malesta. 2B -- Matt Hester (C), Ty Craft (C), Lance Young (C), LaBruyere (C), Derek Horton (O). Multiple hits -- Central, Blake Slattery 3-4, Garrett Stevens 2-3, Eric Ennis 2-3. Matt Hester 2-3, Ty Craft 2-2, Lance Young 2-3.

SOUTHAVEN, MISS. 5, CENTRAL 3

Central1101000--373
Southaven002003x--542

LP -- Justin Myers. 2B -- Matt Simpson (S). Multiple hits -- Southaven, Simpson 2-3; Central, Matt Hester 2-3. Records -- Central 8-4.

Oran wins two

Class 1 Oran picked up two wins against larger schools in the 12-team Midwest Classic hosted by Francis Howell.

The Eagles (10-1) beat Riverview Gardens 9-3 and St. Charles West 15-10.

Oran had seven hits against Riverview Gardens, led by Kody Campbell with two. Alex Chasteen was the winning pitcher.

The Eagles exploded offensively against St. Charles West with 13 hits. Campbell again had two, as did Joey Williams, Paul Bucher and Chasteen. Austin Dumey was the winner.

Oran will have two more tournament games today, against Kansas City Truman at 10 a.m. and Francis Howell North at noon.

ORAN 9, RIVERVIEW GARDENS 3

Oran1014021--971
Riverview0021000--344

WP -- Alex Chasteen, 2-1. LP -- Steward. 3B --Kody Campbell (O), Chase Seyer (O). 2B -- Austin Dumey (O), Chris Asmus (O). Multiple hits -- Oran, Campbell 2-5. Records -- Oran 9-1.

ORAN 15, ST. CHARLES WEST 10

Oran1931010--15133
St. Charles0002440--10115

WP -- Austin Dumey, 3-0. LP -- Shartzer. 3B --Caleb Seyer (O). 2B -- Joey Williams (O), Paul Bucher (O), Ricks (S), Stallman 2 (S), Midderdorf (O). Multiple hits -- Oran, Kody Campbell 2-5, Williams 2-3, Bucher 2-4, Alex Chasteen 2-4; St. Charles West, Champagne 2-3, Stallman 2-2, Midderdorf 3-3. Records -- Oran 10-1.

GIRLS SOCCER Fralish Cup

The Perryville girls soccer team dropped two pool play games to Illinois teams in the Fralish Cup in Carbondale, Ill.

The Pirates were outscored 5-3 by Marion, Ill., then lost 2-0 to defending tournament champion Springfield, Ill.

Perryville (6-4-1) plays 11:30 a.m. today in its final game at the event.

The Pirates' first game turned into a wide-open affair in the second half, but a five-minute span doomed Perryville. After Marion took a 2-0 lead, Amber Hacker scored the first of her three goals to make the score 2-1.

Alyssa Bauwens was credited with one of the assists on Hacker's hat trick.

Chastity Marr was in goal for both games. She made 14 saves against Marion and 16 against Springfield.

GIRLS SWIMMING Wednesday Lafayette 144, Central 46

Central lost a home dual to defending state champion Lafayette.

Jessie Baker finished second in the 100 breast.

Central results

200 medley relay -- 2, Central (Kasper Woldtvedt, Jessie Baker, Callie Hoffman, Katie Bowles), 2:12.29.

50 free -- 3, Bowles 28.17.

100 free -- 3, Annie Wolpers 59.45.

200 freel relay -- 3, Central (Baker, Wolpers, Kelly Ennis, Brianna LeGrand), 2:07.42.

100 back -- 3, Woldtvedt, 1:12.51.

100 breast -- 2, Baker, 1:16.19.

400 free relay -- 3, Central (Bowles, Hoffman, Woldtvedt, Wolpers), 4:27.35.

-- From staff reports

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