Rogersville, Willard baseball teams take third place at state

Rogersville, Willard baseball teams take third place at state

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Rogersville, Willard baseball teams take third place at state

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Southwest Missouri ended the high school sports year with a couple of victories on Sunday.

The Rogersville and Willard baseball teams won third-place games at the state baseball tournament in O’Fallon.

Rogersville topped Boonville 8-7 in Class 4 and Willard topped Staley 4-2 to set a school record for wins (23) in the Class 5 third-place game.

Rogersville lost to eventual state champion Westminster Christian in Saturday’s semifinal. The Wildcats won their third consecutive state title on Sunday, topping Oak Grove 2-1.

Francis Howell topped Christian Brothers College on Sunday in the Class 5 final, 7-3. CBC topped Willard 5-2 in Saturday’s semifinal.

The Wildcats (25-4) had just one hit in the first five innings and trailed 4-0 entering the bottom of the sixth.

Then, after scoring one run through 12 innings at state, coach Casey Ledl’s offense exploded.

Rogersville ended up sending 11 players to the plate in the sixth, scoring eight runs on seven hits, taking command of the game. Boonville scored three in the top of the seventh, but sophomore closer Tad Mitchell ended the threat with a groundout to give Rogersville the win.

Justin King and Bailey Jenkins had two hits apiece for Rogersville, and Jenkins also earned the win in relief, throwing five innings and striking out eight batters. Mitchell drove in two runs.

Willard closed its season at 23-8 as freshman starting pitcher Kyle Smith got into the seventh inning, to earn the victory.

He struck out four and Chanse Quinlan pitched the final two outs to earn the save.

Keaton Presley scored in the first inning after doubling to lead off. He then scored on a stolen-base play as he got to the plate before Staley tagged out another runner for the inning’s final out.

The Tigers added two more in the fourth after Michael Pfeifer and Luke Latham started the inning with singles. Senior Justin Atchison hit a two-out single to right field later in the inning to score the runs.

Pfeifer then added a single up the middle in the fifth that scored a run.

Staley would score two in the top of the seventh before Willard second baseman Jay Snook threw a runner out at home plate the end the game.

In all, southwest Missouri’s haul at rain-soaked state baseball included a fourth-place finish by Dadeville in Class 1, third-place finishes by Rogersville and Willard, a second-place finish by Catholic in Class 3, and Hartville first state title in Class 2.

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