Macks Creek comes up short at Laquey

The late season swoon continued for the Macks Creek Pirates on Monday as they dropped a 10-9 decision on the road in Laquey. The loss is their fourth in a row.

Both teams exchanged the lead numerous times in a back-and-forth affair. The Pirates built up a comfortable 9-6 lead after the top half of the sixth inning, but Laquey answered with four runs of their own to create the final margin.

The Pirates got the lead-off hitter on in the top of the seventh when Zane Whitworth drew a lead-off walk. However, he would be cut down trying to move to second on a ball that went by the catcher, bounced back to him, and then made the throw. Cole Register then struck out for out No. two and brought Braden Bowman to the plate. Bowman hit a bouncer to third that was caught. Chandler Charlton then lined out to the short stop to end the game.

"We hit the ball fairly well today but we also made some bad base running mistakes," Macks Creek Coach Jason Trusty commented. "At times it really seemed like we were taking innings off as well."

Justin Register was saddled with the loss in relief. He worked one-and-a-third innings, allowing four runs, one earned, on two hits while striking out two, walking one and hitting one batter. He falls to 0-2.

Register was on in relief of Macks Creek starter Hunter Lane, who received a no-decision in the contest. Lane worked the first four-plus innings, allowing six runs, four earned, on three hits while striking out five, walking four, and hitting two batters. Gage Mashburn faced two batters and retired both of them, one via the strike out.

The Pirates offense banged out 14 hits on the day. Chandler Charlton went three-for-five with two singles, a double, and two runs scored and Lane had three hits in four trips to the plate, which included two singles, a double, a run scored, and three RBI's. Austin Zollman went three-for-four with two doubles, a single, and two RBI's. Justin Register banged out a single, a double, reached on an error, scored twice, and had an RBI, Braden Bowman singled, doubled, reached on an error, and scored twice, and Mashburn singled, walked twice, and scored two runs. Oscar Cortez reached twice on fielder's choices and Whitworth walked.

Macks Creek (7-8) will take on Climax Springs (0-10) in the first round of districts on May 15 in Hermitage at 4:30 p.m.

Story courtesy of Macks Creek School District

Versailles wins shootout with Cole Camp

There was no lack of offense between Versailles and visiting Cole Camp Monday night as the Tigers won a a 14-13 high-scoring affair. 

Versailles took a 3-0 lead after the first inning and Cole Camp regained it with a 6-4 advantage after the third. The Tigers fought back to take a 9-7 lead after the sixth inning and then both teams exploded with six runs each in the seventh. After the dust settled, the Tigers were the team on top. 

Versailles racked up 12 total hits and 12 RBIs on the night. Wyatt Espinosa, Brayden Morrison, Andy Clemens, Gage Smith and Clyde Hoxworth recorded two RBIs each while David Connor and Taylor Dobbins knocked in the other two runs. 

The Tigers used four total pitchers in Connor, Morrison, Dobbins and Brett Clemens as they combined to allow nine earned runs on six hits while walking 12 batters and striking out nine. 

Versailles (5-11, 0-6 Tri-County Conference) was scheduled to host Camdenton in the regular season finale on Tuesday. Up next is the district tournament where the Tigers will take on Warsaw on Friday at 6:30 p.m., in California.

Camdenton drops doubleheader in Kansas City

Camdenton visited Park Hill South High School in Riverside near Kansas City for doubleheader action with the host Panthers and Platte County. 

It was a tough trip for the Lakers as they fell in the first game 7-0 to Platte County and dropped a 3-1 contest to the host school in the finale. 

The Lakers generated five total hits in the former game with the bat of Haiden Randall providing a team-leading two hits. Garrison Twitchell, Austin Stamper and Dylan McGuire each recorded a hit as well. However, Camdenton just could not manufacture runs. 

The pitching duo of Brogun Betta and Cameron Rhodes combined to allow five earned runs on 11 hits while walking three and striking out one batter. Platte County did all their damage early with six runs in the first inning alone. 

Camdenton faced another tough test with Park Hill South and scored their one run in the final inning, unable to overcome a three-run deficit.

The Lakers generated five hits once again and it was Randall who provided another team-leading two hits while Nolan Morierty, Nathan Pasley and Brandon Pasley each collected a hit as well. Meanwhile, Camdenton's Riley Stidham went to work on the mound and the pitcher gave up seven hits and one walk while striking out three batters respectively. 

Camdenton (8-15, 3-6 Ozark Conference) visited Versailles Tuesday night for the regular season finale and up next is the district tournament where the Lakers will take on Columbia Rock Bridge on Saturday at 12 p.m., in Jefferson City.