Plattsburg’s struggling defense made it easy for Hallsville to advance Wednesday in the Class 2 state semifinals.
The Indians beat the Tigers 7-1 at Taylor Stadium and will play Springfield in the championship at 8 p.m. today.
The Indians (22-2) scored six runs in the third inning on numerous Plattsburg (14-6) miscues.
Senior Jacob Skjel reached on a fielding error by Tiger third baseman Josh Gengelbach and senior Travis Whitesides reached on a fielder’s choice. Another error by Gengelbach and a balk by Tiger pitcher Joey Haug advanced the runners and Skjel scored on a wild pitch. Whitesides scored on Nathan Turner’s single. Turner stole second and scored on a error by Haug.
Wes Mahoney, Grant Phillipe and Jeremy Murphy also scored in the inning that featured another wild pitch two more Tigers errors and a hit batter.
Matt Fevert (11-0) was the winning pitcher, striking out seven and giving up five hits in five innings. Travis Whitesides struck out five in relief.
— Andrea Nigh
Springfield 14, East Carter 5
Springfield Catholic advanced to the final in another lopsided contest that saw the Fighting Irish score eight runs in the second inning.
Adam Stuppy hit a two-run triple and Doyle Witt, Bryan Propst and Kyle Pomering all had RBIs in the inning.
— Andrea Nigh
Oran 8, Bevier 2
A big second inning was all the Oran Eagles needed, and they let Bevier do most of the work.
Oran scored all of its runs with two outs in the second to defeat the Wildcats in a semifinal game. After four third-place finishes and two second-place finishes, Oran will try for its first Class 1 championship today when it plays Archie at 11 a.m.
After retiring the first five batters he faced, Bevier starter Clark Dalrymple allowed consecutive singles to Chase Seyer and Austin Dumey.
Dalrymple then walked the next three hitters to give Oran a 2-1 lead, and Trevor Irwin drove in three runs, smashing a line drive that Brevier center fielder Chris Britt misplayed for a three-base error.
“The way that ball was hit, I’m glad it was them instead of us,” Oran coach Mitch Wood said.
Oran (23-3) scored five runs on two hits. Three of those runs were unearned. Bevier (15-2) manufactured a run in the bottom of the first. Shortstop John Janssen drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on Dalrymple’s sacrifice bunt. Janssen moved to third on Travis Mason’s sacrifice fly and scored on John Bailey’s single for a 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats couldn’t overcome their mistakes. Oran added another unearned run as Matt Seyer reached base on Jansse’s error and scored on Irwin’s triple. Irwin went 2-for-4 with two triples. Dalyrimple went the distance for Bevier, allowing three earned runs, six hits and seven walks while striking out 10.
Oran starter Matt Seyer didn’t allow another run after the second, thanks in part to flawless defense. The Eagles committed no errors and turned two double plays.
“We usually don’t play tremendous defense, but we have lately, so I’m tickled to death,” Wood said.
— Jim Margalus
Archie 8, Sparta 3
Sparta rolled into Columbia undefeated and favored to repeat as Class 1 champions, but the Whirlwinds foiled the Trojans’ attempt for a second consecutive title.
“It’s been a wild ride,” Archie coach Matt Trainer said.
“We didn’t have the toughest road to get here, and our kids know by looking on the Internet how (Sparta) is. It’s a little bit of a surprise how well we played.”
The Whirlwinds jumped on Sparta starter Jacob Finney (8-1) in the first inning. After retiring the first batter, he loaded the bases by allowing a single and two walks.
Finney walked Brian Wildschuetz to force home Archie’s first run. Andrew Mawson and Lee Baer followed with back-to-back RBI singles to give Archie a 3-0 lead.
The Whirlwinds (17-4) didn’t slow down. In the second inning, Luke Young tripled with one out, and after a walk to Daniel Baer, starting pitcher Grant Wilburn helped himself with a two-run double to right center to stretch the lead to 5-0.
The Trojans (20-1) broke down in the fourth.
Colby Keeth, Sparta’s third pitcher, walked Young to start the inning. After a passed ball on which Young moved to second, Bryon Cecil dropped down a bunt. Sparta left first base uncovered, resulting in a single.
Then, in an at-bat representative of Archie’s fortune on the whole, Daniel Baer’s check-swing on an inside fastball resulted in a looping single that dropped just beyond the shortstop.
“I thought at (5-0), we hit enough to get back in it,” Sparta coach Shawn Poyser said. “With the passed ball, and not covering the bunt and the check-swing single, all that changes.”
Keeth loaded the bases by walking Wilburn, then hit Wildschuetz in the back to force a run. Keeth walked Mawson to make it 8-0.
“We’ve trailed 1-0 this year, two or three times, I think,” Poyser said. “We’re not used to (playing from behind).”
Wildschuetz was hit by pitches twice. He went 0-for-1 with two RBIs on the day. Sparta pitchers Finney, Keeth and Brent Maggard combined for 11 strikeouts, four hit batters and nine walks.
“That helped us quite a bit,” Trainer said. “We didn’t expect them to be that erratic.”
Sparta added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth, but couldn’t make the big rally happen, partly because its Nos. 3-4-5 hitters Finner, Chase Stallcup and Travis Reed went 1-for-8.
“We’re in a little bit of a slump right now,” Poyser said. “When they’re not on, it’s hard to get everything rolling.”
Wilburn (5-1) pitched a complete game, holding the Trojans to six hits and two earned runs.
“He’s been our ace,” Trainer said. “He eats up innings, he’s always around the plate. The kids are going to put the ball in play off of him. He did a great job. Give him a lot of credit.”