More Chillicothe (Mo.) HS Softball, football records fall on Tuesday

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On the diamond, the girls won a record 26th time in the district opener. Booters back 10th consecutive triumph

null Not that either of the historic accomplishments were unexpected, but the Chillicothe High School boys’ softball and football record books – collective and individual – continued their ongoing redesign.

The softball team’s 11-0 5 innings victory over Maryville in the first round of the District 8 Class 3 tournament at Daryl Danner Memorial Park in Chillicothe was her 26th win of the season, a new CHS record. Many other individual and team marks have continued to be reset to ever higher heights, as they have been in recent matches.

At St. Joseph’s Scottie Marriott Field: Lafayette’s Alumni Stadium, the Football Hornets won a team-record 10th in a row, 3-0, behind 12th grade students Drake Cosgrove’s powerful punch and Chace Corbin and sturdy Jaxon Albertson supported the defense.

While these two CHS teams enjoyed great success on Tuesday, the Lady Hornets in volleyball lost their home final in four games to St. Joseph Christian – 15-25, 32-30, 21-25, 16-25.

SOFT BALL

After seeing their team record of 17 consecutive games unexpectedly sweep through Putnam County last week in what time ended up making their regular season final, CHS Lady Hornets softball simply beat another program record for success as they started playing in the playoffs with a race rule shutout triumph.

Welcoming Maryville’s lowest seed as the tournament favorite, the Lady Hornets claimed their 26th victory in 30 games this fall, eclipsing the previous record for Ladies Diamond in the 2010 State Quarterfinals, from 25-5.

“It was good to be back on the pitch after several days off,” said Lee Rucker, Chillicothe head coach, for local media. “I thought we were focused and ready to play.”

Potentially starting a new streak of success that they hope will expand to six and end with a Class 3 State Championship in a few weeks, the Lady Hornets completed a sweep of Tuesday’s quarterfinals by the teams. the best ranked.

That hardly happened, as second-seeded Kirksville was put to the test by St. Joseph: Benton, forced into extra innings after a Benton homerun tied him in the sixth inning. However, with Jordan Meng’s brace in the bottom of the eighth, the KHS Lady Tigers survived and advanced, 2-1. Pitcher Sophie Stuart struck out 17 catches and allowed just two hits.

Later that afternoon, third seed Macon easily knocked out Richmond 6-1 behind winning pitcher Brooke Weimer’s home run and three runs batted in and No. 4 seed Savannah was given the chance to face Chillicothe a third time this season with a 3-0 victory over Cameron.

The district tournament semifinals at Danner Park are scheduled for Thursday afternoon and evening, with the two winners facing off on the park’s ‘red’ field for the crown and place to the state quarterfinals on Saturday. at 1 pm.

The first semi-final game will see Kirksville take on Macon at 5 p.m. Chillicothe and Savannah, last year’s district finalists with Lady Savages’ victory and runner-up in the state, will follow around 7 p.m.

“They’ll be ready to face us, but I think our daughters will be happy to face them as well,” coach Rucker predicted.

Against Maryville on Tuesday, Boley didn’t flirt with his perfect second game in just over a week, but only allowed one batter to reach base.

This batter was the first batter in the top half of the first inning – Emma Schulte. She had a solid, clean single in center field on a 0-2 offering from the right-hander CHS.

After that, Boley (17-3) scored 15 Lady ‘Hounds in a row – 13 on strikes – while finishing the abbreviated full game with 50 strikes (or balls put into play) from 59 deliveries.

“Kinlei pitched well and had another good outing,” said coach Rucker.

While Maryville, as expected, got nothing against the CHS pitcher, the home team scored in every inning, including a 5-point fourth that positioned them for the 10-point lead rule to take effect afterwards. 4-1 / 2 sleeves.

Statistically, Chillicothe’s 15-hit attack had 40% more hits, including solo homers from Sophia Luettike in the second inning and Boley in the top of the fourth. Kirsten Dunn Bre Pithan, Jolie Bonderer and Boley also doubled.

Luettike produced three runs with his two hits and one putout on the floor and senior teammate Halle Rucker delivered a 2-run right single with two outs in the first inning to make the first frame a 3-run.

Every batter in Chillicothe’s starting lineup has landed at least one hit.

“It was good to see everyone making good contact with the ball,” said the second-year Lady Hornets head coach.

BOYS FOOTBALL

In St-Joseph, it was another game, more goals and more milestones for the prolific senior scoring duo of the CHS booters.

Although the Hornets have only scored half the number of goals they scored in their Midland Empire Conference home verdict against the Fighting Irish last month, they still have not allowed Lafayette to win. score, while also getting their own three tallies from the usual sensational senior. sources.

Hornets attacking midfielder Chace Corbin has “rung the bell” twice – in the 24th and 32nd minutes – to reach 40 career goals and 21 this season.

After the intermission, away forward Drake Cosgrove converted Ben Cueni-Smith’s pass to his 26th goal in 2021 and his 47th career goal, both tied with former CHS stars.

Cosgrove’s tally tied Mason Baxter’s tally in 2019 for the Hornets’ second-most season-long count, behind Jon Kline’s only 29 in 2014.

It was also Cosgrove’s 47th overall in his career, tying Derek Hussey for fourth on the CHS all-time roster for career goals behind only Steven Cooper (55), Kline (51) and Baxter (51). ).

Corbin, meanwhile, had only become Chillicothe’s seventh male soccer player to reach the 40-goal plateau in a season, joining teammate Jacob Rockhold, Cooper, Kline, Baxter and Hussey.

The CHS kickers still have plenty of games on their agenda for the two-star to rise further in the history of the team.

Easily overlooked in the composite exploits of Cosgrove and Corbin, who have both scored in each of the last eight games and Cosgrove has a 9-game streak, was senior goaltender Jaxon Albertson’s fourth shutout of the season and the third in the last four games. It could also be because the Hornets defense denied Lafayette any shot on goal for Albertson to turn away.

VOLLEYBALL

The CHA Volleyball Lady Hornets were fortunate enough to take their season record to .500 with a home win on Tuesday before moving on to a few final road games and then a district tournament, but despite the victory of a second marathon match, they lost 3 1 to Saint-Joseph Christian.

After starting very slowly in an 11-25 Game-1 blowout, the Lady Hornets (11-13) recovered and tied the game. After the second game was squared at 24, it continued that way – tied at 25, 26, and so on – until the Lady Hornets continued to win the 61st rally of the match for an advantage. from 31-30 while also capturing the next. . This meant a 32-20 Chillicothe victory and a 1-1 draw.

The crucial third game was played on relatively close terms, but the Lady Lions of St. Joseph Christian closed it at 25-21 and then had a slightly easier time in Game 4, taking 25-16 for ensure the triumph of the match. .

Statistically for the CHS, Lady Hornets sophomore head coach Bob Long reports that Madison Bergan and Delanie Kieffer shared the team lead in ground defense with 19 digs each. On offense, Jessica Reeter had 13 assists and Halle Hill nine, helping set up Gracie West’s 12 “eliminations” (spikes) at CHS and 10 by Anna Fisher. Fisher had a few serve aces to beat the Lady Hornets while St. Joseph Christian had little trouble forcing almost every Chillicothe serve point into a rally.

The Lady Hornets travel to Maryville on Thursday for the Midland Empire Conference game against last year’s Class 3 state champions.

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