High school roundup: Poplar Bluff rallies past Central 10-5

Friday, March 30, 2012
Central shortstop Vance Toole, right, loses the ball after tagging Poplar Bluff courtesy runner Justice Sherrill during the fourth inning Thursday in Poplar Bluff, Mo. (BRIAN ROSENER ~ Daily American Republic)

After jumping out to a three-run lead Thursday, the Central baseball team gave it right back.

A pair of errors on ground balls allowed Poplar Bluff to pull even before the Mules slugged past the visiting Tigers 10-5 in a SEMO Conference game.

"We just didn't play well enough," Central coach Steve Williams said. "We didn't put enough balls in play."

Central (2-3, 1-2 SEMO) scored three runs in the first inning but managed just two hits the rest of the way.

A two-out error allowed Poplar Bluff to score twice in the bottom of the first. Another error in the second allowed the Mules to tie the game.

Poplar Bluff (5-0, 3-0) took the lead on a misplayed bunt later in the second before going up 5-3 on a wild pitch.

"They swung the bats well enough today," Williams said. "They put it in play. That puts pressure on the defense, and in high school baseball, usually somebody is going to make a mistake."

The Mules struck out just once and had five extra-base hits.

Central jumped ahead in the first when Christian Cavaness led off with a walk and Luke Hinkebein followed with a single. Ryan Siebert's one-out sacrifice fly put the Tigers on the board, and Thomas Crocetti followed with a double to the left-field gap. Matt Chism then singled in Crocetti for a 3-0 lead.

The Tigers put the ball in play just twice after that against lefty Wesley Pyles. The sophomore struck out the next four and nine total over four innings.

"Once he got past that first inning, he was lights out," Poplar Bluff coach Stan Bullington said.

A leadoff double in the third by Hinkebein led to a run when he moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Ramsey Scott's sacrifice fly.

The Mules turned a double play in the sixth, but Crocetti doubled down the left-field line and later scored on a single by Vance Toole. That cut the margin to 9-5, but Poplar Bluff got a big defensive play for the first out of the seventh.

Shortstop Lucas Tibbs made a sliding catch on a bloop hit to shallow left, and reliever Charlie Kayser pitched around a pair of walks with two of his five strikeouts.

Central fanned 14 times in all.

"Right now we're really struggling as a group, especially with two strikes," Williams said. "We've got to put it in play more often.

"If you let a team strike [you] out almost half of your outs, you're not going to win."

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WP -- Wesley Pyles. LP -- Luke Hinkebein. 3B -- Brandon Stuckenscheider (PB). 2B -- Thomas Crocetti 2 (C), Hinkebein (C), Josh King (PB), Jeff Rowland (PB), Drew Dowd (PB), Josh Harrison (PB), Alex Lewis (PB). Multiple hits -- Central: Hinkebein 2-4. Crocetti 2-3; Poplar Bluff: Dowd, 4-4. Records -- Central 2-3, Poplar Bluff 5-0.

Jackson 5, North County 4

Adam James enjoyed a successful day at the plate and on the mound for the host Indians.

The senior earned the win on the mound, thanks in part to his two-run homer,.

James finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs. He struck out two and walked three over five innings on the mound.

Alex Bolen and Ryan O'Rear both doubled for Jackson (3-2).

Steven Eddy earned the save with three strikeouts over the final two innings.

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WP -- Adam James. LP -- Drew Rhodes. HR -- James (J). 2B -- Ryan O'Rear (J), Alex Bolen (J). Multiple hits -- North County: Parmley 2-3, Gibson 2-3; Jackson: O'Rear 2-3, Bolen 2-3, James 2-3. Records -- North County 2-2, Jackson 3-2.

Notre Dame 16, Fredericktown 3

Justin Landewee went 2 for 3 and drove in four runs, while Chase Simmons plated three runs in the Bulldogs' six-inning road win.

Ross James struck out nine and walked two over six innings to earn the win. All three runs he allowed were unearned.

Notre Dame (4-0) travels to Class 3 District 1 rival Kennett today.

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WP -- Ross James. LP -- Atkeson. 3B -- Justin Landewee (ND). 2B -- Nick Essner (ND). Multiple hits -- Notre Dame: Chase Simmons 3-4, Landewee 2-3. Records -- Notre Dame 4-0.

Perryville 6, De Soto 3

Jake Dobbelare continued his hot hitting in the Pirates' road victory.

Dobbelare homered twice and went 3 for 4 while driving in five runs. He had a two-run homer in the third inning and a three-run shot in the fifth.

Dobbelare was coming off Tuesday's 4-for-4 performance during a loss at Notre Dame.

Ross Moldenhauer pitched six innings for the win. He allowed one earned run and five hits while striking out eight and walking one.

Moldenhauer added two hits for the Pirates (2-2).

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WP -- Ross Moldenhauer. LP -- McKean. HR -- Jake Dobbelare (P) 2. 3B -- Richmond (D). 2B -- Colby Brown (P), Fromme (D). Multiple hits -- Perryville: Dobbelare 3-4, Moldenhauer 2-4. De Soto: Bays 2-3. Records -- Perryville 2-2.

Scott City 9, East Prairie 3

Logan Henson did little wrong for the Rams.

The senior earned the win on the mound by going 6 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts, while going a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate.

Scott City coach Lance Amick went to Ryan Brock after Henson issued a one-out walk in the seventh inning.

"He was at a high pitch count," Amick said. "I kind of wanted him to finish."

Ryan Fortner drove in three runs, while Heath Pobst knocked in two for Scott City (3-2).

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WP -- Logan Henson. LP -- Dalton Golightly. 3B -- Ryan Fortner (SC). 2B -- Henson (SC), Maynard (EP), Mathis (EP). Multiple hits -- Scott City: Zach Carlyle 3-4, Brett Dirnberger 3-4, Heath Pobst 3-4, Henson 4-4, Ryan Brock 2-3; East Prairie: Maynard 2-4, Mathis 2-4. Records -- Scott City 3-2.

Oran 12, Charleston 2

Kody Moore homered twice and drove in four runs to help lead the Eagles to the home win.

Alex Heuring and Trenton Hency also homered in the win. Hency and Chance Tenkhoff both finished with three RBIs for Oran (3-1).

Tenkhoff earned the win on the mound. He struck out six and didn't walk a batter in the five-inning win.


WP -- Chance Tenkhoff. LP -- Adams. HR -- Kody Moore 2 (O), Alex Heuring (O), Trenton Hency (O). 3B -- Blake Carlyle (O). 2B -- Adams (C), Tenkhoff (O). Multiple hits -- Oran: Moore 3-4, Adam Schaefer 2-4, Carlyle 2-3, Tenkhoff 2-2, Hency 2-3. Records -- Oran 3-1.

Woodland 11, Puxico 5

Devon Ritter tripled and drove in two runs in the Cardinals' home win.

Landon Johnson struck out eight and walked two over five innings to improve to 2-0 on the mound. He also went 2 for 4 at the plate.

Woodland (3-1) had three players hit a triple.


WP -- Landon Johnson. LP -- Teiman. 3B -- C.J. McAlister (W), Devon Ritter (W), Sean Magee (W). 2B -- Johnson (W), McDaniel (P), Luttrell (P). Multiple hits -- Puxico: McDaniel 2-4, Luttrell 2-4, Raspberry 2-4; Woodland: McAlister 2-4, Magee 2-3, Johnson 2-4. Records -- Woodland 3-1.

Crystal City 11, St. Vincent 1

St. Vincent managed just two hits during a five-inning road loss.

The Indians (1-1) avoided the shutout by scoring a fifth-inning run.

All-stater Alex Winkelman, who has signed to pitch for Southeast Missouri State, powered Crystal City with a grand slam.

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WP -- Devon Tolan. LP -- Jonathan Petzoldt. HR -- Alex Winkelman (C). 3B -- Tyler McClanahan (C) 2B -- Cole Cherry (C). Multiple hits -- Crystal City: Winkleman 2-4. Records -- St. Vincent 1-1.


Central 3, Harrisburg, Ill. 0

The Tigers notched their first win of the season on the road.

Megan Daly, Allie Hardesty and Brooke Evans all scored goals for Central (1-4). Daly also recorded an assist.

Apple Thomas recorded the shutout in the nets.

JV -- Central won 6-1

Notre Dame 4, Poplar Bluff 0

Senior Brianne Sanders scored twice to lead the Bulldogs to the home win.

Miranda Fowler and Abby Boyer added goals for Notre Dame (3-0).

Mollie Pleimann, Kaitlin Welter, Mackenzie McDaniel and Madeline Rosenquist all added one assist in the win.

Madison Buelow was in goal for the first half and Veronica Moore the second for Notre Dame, which led 3-0 at halftime.

JV -- Notre Dame won 9-0

St. Vincent 8, Pacific 0

Abby Lappe recorded the hat trick in the first half and added a pair of assists for the Indians.

Kayla Seabaugh added two goals, while Holly Cissell chipped in two assists.

Brooke Monier scored her first high school goal, while Abby Ruessler and Katie Taylor scored once.

Courtney Heberlie, Kylie Baer, Kayla Winkler and Holly Blandford all recorded one assist for St. Vincent (5-0).

Katie Mattingly made eight saves for her third shutout of the season.

Saxony Lutheran 2, Jackson JV 1

Nicole Hemmann and Abby Hadler scored to lead the Crusaders to victory.

Lauren Hecht finished with an assist in the win.


Farmington 8, Notre Dame 1

Will Kinder and Mason Burdin teamed for an 8-5 victory at No. 3 doubles for the Bulldogs' lone point in their home loss.


No. 1 -- Ian Powers (F) def. Adam McCoy 8-2

No. 2 -- Veeshesh Patel (F) def. Bryan Brown 8-2

No. 3 -- Cory Herzog (F) def. Webb Marshall 8-4

No. 4 -- Alex Slinkard (F) def. Will Kinder 8-4

No. 5 -- Harlan Adams (F) def. Mason Seesing 8-6

No. 6 -- John Augustine (F) def. Mason Burdin 8-2


No. 1 -- Powers/Slinkard (F) def. McCoy/Brown 8-2

No. 2 -- Patel/Herzog (F) def. Marshall/Seesing 8-5

No. 3 -- Kinder/Burdin (ND) def. Adams/Augustine 8-5

JV -- Notre Dame 5, Farmington 1


Delta 10, Zalma 3

Chasity Taylor went 3 for 4 with a triple to lead the Bobcats to the home win.

Ciara Coomer earned the win with five innings of relief. She also doubled at the plate.

Myra Henson, who started in the circle and went two innings, doubled and tripled for Delta (3-1).


WP -- Ciara Coomer. LP -- Clark. 3B -- Chasity Taylor (D), Myra Henson (D). 2B -- Henson (D), Coomer (D), Lisa Lankford (D). Multiple hits -- Delta: Taylor 3-4, Henson 2-3, Lankford 2-3. Records -- Delta 3-1.

-- From staff reports

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