Macks Creek advances to district title game, Eldon comes up short in district battle with Bolivar and Climax Springs ends season with loss to Hermitage

Macks Creek heads to district title game with win over Hermitage

For the third time in five years, the Macks Creek Pirates advanced to a district championship.

This time, the second-seeded Pirates defeated the third-seeded Hermitage Hornets 6-2 on Tuesday night in the Class 1 District 9 tournament at Wheatland.

Macks Creek generated some offense early with three runs in the first. Hermitage closed the gap to a single run by the third, but that was the closest the Hornets would get as the Pirates added some insurance runs in the sixth.

"After our game at New Covenant last week we really drilled defense with our guys," Macks Creek Coach Jason Trusty said. "Our boys came out tonight and had a couple of miscues, but all-in-all our defensive approach was much better tonight."

Senior pitcher Gage Mashburn went the distance in picking up the win for the Pirates. He was touched for two unearned runs on six hits while striking out 12 and walking five batters.

Meanwhile, Alex Aubuchon of Hermitage took the loss for the Hornets. He worked six innings, allowing six runs, three earned, on three hits while striking out 12, walking three and hitting three batters.

"These two matched each other well in our first matchup of the season and they so again tonight,” Trusty said of the hurlers on the hill.

Offensively, the Pirates had three players with hits. Colton Walter banged out a two-RBI double, Grant English doubled and Hunter Lane singled.

Macks Creek also found a way to generate offense by other means. Justin Register reached on an error, a wild pitch on a strike out and scored two runs. English had an RBI-sacrifice fly and Lane walked, reached on an error and scored. Mashburn walked, reached on an error, was hit-by-a-pitch, and scored a run. Oscar Cortez made it to first on a fielder's choice, a hit-by-pitch, and scored once while Trever Smith reached on a strike out-fielder's choice. Walter also made it on a hit-by-pitch, Tanner Smith walked and scored a run and Cole Register had a sacrifice bunt.

Macks Creek improved to 1-11 and the Pirates were scheduled to face off against top-seeded St. Elizabeth on Wednesday for the district championship at 5 p.m. The Hornets knocked off fifth-seeded Tuscumbia 10-0 in the first semifinal game on Tuesday.

“Tomorrow will be a tough test for our boys," Trusty said Tuesday night. "We're going to go back out and try and put forth our best effort and try and bring another district title to Macks Creek."

Story courtesy of Macks Creek School District

Eldon baseball ends season with loss to Bolivar

Eldon was on the verge of heading to a district title game Tuesday night in Marshfield.

The Mustangs went to battle with Bolivar in the semifinals of the Class 4 District 10 Tournament at Marshfield and a late surge propelled the eventual district champions to a 5-4 win over Eldon.

Eldon initially took an early 1-0 lead and was tied or ahead the entire night with a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning. That’s when Bolivar poured on four runs to regain the lead for good as the Mustangs ran out of outs.

Charlie Mays, Austin Pipes and Fisher Snelling all recorded two hits to pace the Eldon offense, which outhit Bolivar eight to seven. Snelling led the team with two RBIs as well.

On the mound, pitcher Dawson Brandt recorded eight strikeouts in his five and one-third innings of work.

Eldon ends the season at 6-14.

Climax Springs falls to Hermitage in districts

Climax Springs went to battle with Hermitage in the first round of the Class 1 District 9 Tournament at Wheatland and the Cougars fell to the Hornets 12-2. Climax Springs ends the year 0-17.