Eldon advances to district semifinals; Camdenton, Osage and Versailles see season come to an end

Eldon shuts out Buffalo to advance to district semifinals

Eldon met Buffalo in the first round of the Class 4 District 10 playoffs in Marshfield on Saturday and the Mustangs took care of business with a 10-0 win. 

It was just a 2-0 game through the first five innings, but the Mustangs poured on seven insurance runs in the seventh to seal it while also taking advantage of three Buffalo errors.

Fisher Snelling paced the Eldon bats with 10 hits while Charlie Mays and Tate Warny both added two RBIs. Drew Rodriguez was on the mound for the Mustangs and the pitcher struckout 14 batters in his complete game performance while allowing six hits.

Eldon (5-13) was scheduled to face Bolivar (13-9) in the semifinals on Monday night. Should the Mustangs advance, they will face the hometown Jays in the championship on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Camdenton's season ends with tough walkoff loss to Jefferson City

One swing of the bat sealed Camdenton’s fate Saturday afternoon against Jefferson City.

The Lakers were hosting the defending state champion Jays in the first round of the Class 5 District 9 Tournament and a late hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh propelled Jefferson City to the district semifinals in a 6-5 win. With a runner on second base, a hard-hit fly ball to left field narrowly eluded the outstretched glove of Cole Linch to give the Jays a win in walkout fashion.

“That last run did not hurt us,” Camdenton coach Bryce Durnin said after the game. There were three runs in the third inning that we basically gave them off our mistakes. We were not as dialed-in as we should have been and those runs essentially came back to haunt us in the end.”

After Camdenton took an early 2-0 lead thanks to RBIs from Riley Stidham and Andrew DiBello, Jefferson City quickly evaporated the advantage with three runs in the third and added two more runs in the fourth. Then, the Lakers quickly worked their way back and tied it back up by the top of the seventh. Once again, Stidham and DiBello delivered the damaging RBIs to keep the Lakers in it and DiBello’s RBI-double with two strikes tied it back up.

“Things did not look too good for us and we chipped away, battled, stayed positive and put ourselves in a position to win. I am really proud of these guys for their grit, ability to grind, stay through it and not fold against the defending state champions,” Durnin noted. “It was a great effort and it was just unfortunate that was the one that cost us there in the end.

“It is the one we probably think about, but we know come tomorrow that it was those three runs we spotted them in the third that essentially came back to haunt us… We let our guard down and you cannot do that this time of year against good teams and Jefferson City is a good team.”

The Camdenton offense put together eight hits and DiBello led the way with three of them to go with his three RBIs. Dylan Thompson and Austin Carter both added two hits and Stidham provided the other with his two RBIs.

“What we have been talking about doing is just being confident with two strikes, not being afraid to get two strikes, grinding out at-bats and trusting our athleticism on every pitch,” Durnin said of the approach at the plate that allowed the team to enter the postseason on a seven-game win streak. “That is one of the reasons why we won is because we faced pitchers like we saw today and we scored. Unfortunately, we gave up six runs so anytime we can score five I would say we win most of those. Just not today.”

On the mound, Garrett Stamper got the start and went five innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two. Stidham worked the rest, allowing a run on three hits while walking one.

It was the final game for two Laker seniors in Carter and Nolan Moriearty and Durnin said the two veterans did not disappoint.

“Austin Carter, man the kid was so fun to watch today. I feel sorry for him because he was dialed in, had a couple of hits and was fired up,” the coach pointed out. “That is another thing I told these guys is that is the kind of effort what we need, not just because it could be your last game but because you are playing the game. That is one of the things we are going to talk about next season. Then there was Nolan’s leadership there to keep us positive, keep our head on and just do whatever he is asked to do.

“We’ll miss those two guys, but at the end of the day it is two guys and we are going to come back with about 16 more. About 12 or 13 saw significant varsity action so we are coming back and reloading.”

Camdenton (17-10) turned a corner in 2018 with the most amount of wins any Laker team has put up in the last six years. Durnin was quick to point out that it was the commitment of the parents that helped make it possible.

“I’m reaping the benefits of a couple of parents that decided to invest in some kids and now it is paying off. I’m just kind of reaping the rewards of those parents right now that saw an opportunity for their kids to have fun and learn through the game of baseball,” he stated. “You know what, they are pretty talented too, and they are going to be talented for the next couple of years.”

The program surely would not mind making a habit of putting together winning records and time will tell if that will be the case going forward.

Osage falls to Clinton in first round of districts

It was a tough ending for Osage on Saturday in Marshfield as the Indians fell to Clinton 12-1 in the first round of the Class 4 District 10 tournament.

Osage took an early 1-0 lead after the first inning, but Clinton soon added four runs in the second and never looked back.

Dalton Depeé scored the lone run for Osage after drawing a walk and coming home on a wild pitch and Braden McLaughlin paced the bats with two hits.

Osage ends the season at 8-15.

Versailles falls short in district battle with Father Tolton

Versailles took on Father Tolton in the first round of the Class 3 District 13 tournament at California on Friday and the Tigers saw their season end with a tough 6-5 defeat.

After trailing 5-4 in the fifth inning, Versailles pulled ahead with two runs in the sixth and were just three outs away from advancing when the Crusaders managed to add two more runs to capture the victory in walkoff fashion.

Taylor Dobbins and Kade Marriott paced the offense with two hits each while Wyatt Espinosa, Kaden McGinnis and Colbey Boicourt also picked up hits. Marriott drove in two runs and Dobbins provided the other RBI.

The Tigers used a trio of pitchers in Andy Clemens, McGinnis and Marriott and the three hurlers combined to allow seven earned runs on 17 hits while walking six batters and striking out nine.

Versailles ends the season at 3-19.