Versailles defends home turf with 8-3 win over Macks Creek

Versailles brought plenty of offense to the ballpark in a showdown with Lake area neighbor Macks Creek on Tuesday night.

After trailing 3-2 early, the Tigers utilized 10 hits on their way to an 8-3 win over the visiting Pirates.

“It was a nice win for us and our young girls had a really big night both offensively and defensively,” Versailles coach Russ Foster said.

Macks Creek struck first in the top of the second inning with some alert base running. Caitlin Eidson reached first on an error, moved to second after Bethany Schmidt was hit by a pitch and later stole third and eventually home plate when Schmidt was thrown out attempting to steal second. Then, Myra Cortez reached on a bunt single, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single from Kenzie Hicks to make it 2-0. 

Versailles answered back in the third when the Tigers loaded the bases with three straight walks and Madison Lucas-Avey took advantage with a two-RBI double. Macks Creek’s Lexi Mayer put the Pirates back up with an RBI single in the fourth, but it was the final time the Pirates would find home plate the rest of the way as Mayer was thrown out trying to take home on a  Hicks’ single after stealing second.

Versailles came back with two more runs in their half of the fourth to take the lead for good and proceeded to score two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Jocelyn Marriott hit an RBI-single and Maris Ollison scored on a wild pitch in the fourth, Lauren Garrison recorded an RBI on a fielder’s choice and Ollison hit an RBI-single in the fifth and Garrison came back to hit a two-RBI single in the sixth before the damage was done.

Garrison led the charge offensively for the Tigers with two hits and three RBIs while Lucas-Avey put up two hits and two RBIs, Marriott added a hit and RBI and Ollison did the same. Meanwhile, Anna Knoerle contributed two hits while Ellie Dunnaway and Taegan Sieberg added a hit each. Marriott picked up the win in the circle with a complete game performance where she allowed six hits and struck out five with no walks.

Madeline Phillips, Jesse Willis, Alysa Seaholm, Mayer, Cortez and Hicks all picked up hits for a Macks Creek offense that totaled six on the day and Mayer provided the lone RBI. The Pirates used three pitchers in Willis, Shaylee Skinner and Schmidt and Skinner was dealt the loss after allowing four runs on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks in 2 1/3 innings.

“Everything we hit seemed to find a fielder and everything they hit seemed to find a hole,” Macks creek coach Jason Trusty said. “We are putting the ball in play consistently- not always hard but in play.

“I keep telling the girls to keep being aggressive and eventually the hits will start coming.”

Versailles (2-3) was scheduled to host Knob Noster on Wednesday before heading to Osage on Thursday for another Lake area battle in the Tri-County Conference opener at 5 p.m. Meanwhile, Macks Creek (0-2) will visit Springfield Central on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Osage takes down conference newcomer Boonville

School of the Osage was on the road Tuesday night to take on Boonville and the Indians made it a tough night for the newest member of the Tri-County Conference as they topped the Pirates 6-2. 

With the score tied at 1 after the second inning, Osage poured on three runs in the third and did not look back, adding one more run in the fourth and another in the sixth before Boonville could respond.

Kerrigan Gamm put the Indians on the board early with a solo home run over the left-center wall and Payton Good got her team started in the third with a two-RBI double that was followed by an RBI single from Carly Ward. Gamm went on to drive in her second and third run of the night with RBI-singles in the fourth and sixth innings respectively. Ward put up three hits and Good added two to help the offense to continue to flow on a night where the Indians finished with 11 total.

Ward also did her part in the circle where the pitcher added another win to her resume with a complete game performance, allowing six hits while striking out nine and walking none.

Osage improved to 6-2 and 2-0 in the conference with the win. Up next is a battle at home when Lake area neighbor Versailles comes to town on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Camdenton cruises past West Plains

Camdenton remains unbeaten in Ozark Conference play after picking up an 8-2 win at West Plains Tuesday night.

The Lakers made the most of their eight total hits as a team as Fayth Rakes and Sidney Jones led the way with two hits each while Emma Uthe drove in two runs of her own. In the circle, Haile Farris turned in another solid outing with another complete game performance that where she allowed five hits and recorded 15 strikeouts.

Camdenton (4-2, 2-0 Ozark Conference) will be on the road for another conference battle Thursday night at Glendale. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Eldon drops contest to California

Eldon hosted California in Tri-County Conference action Tuesday night and the Pintos emerged with a 6-2 win over their hosts.

California took an early 2-0 lead after the first inning and extended it to 6-0 by the fourth before Eldon responded. The Mustangs answered back with a run in the fourth and managed to put up a run in the sixth before they ran out of outs.

Eldon recorded four hits as a team and Madison VanHooser had two of them to go with an RBI. Savannah Holder and Kayleigh Fike provided the other two hits on the night. VanHooser was also in the circle and the pitcher went all seven innings allowing two earned runs on nine hits while striking out two batters and walking none as the team also suffered from three errors.

Eldon (1-9, 0-2 Tri-County Conference) will look to turn things around on Thursday with a trip to conference foe Blair Oaks at 5 p.m.