Kyle Schatzer's contact into the outfield in the bottom of the sixth caused some baserunning chaos enough to score Evan Helton for the only run Strafford needed to win its Class 3 district championship game with Clever in Neosho Friday.
Mason Denning pitched the second of two innings to shut the door on the Blue Jays, giving the Indians their third title in four seasons.
Evan Helton got the nod for Strafford and pitched five scoreless frames, striking out nine. Dekota Ames finished the game with three hits, including a double.
Barring inclimate weather, the Indians (15-11) were scheduled to host Skyline in a sectional contest Tuesday afternoon. The winner of that game would play either Linn or Forsyth on Thursday in a quarterfinal matchup.
Gipson leads golfers at state tournament
Logan-Rogersville senior Kanon Gipson was the standout amongst area golfers at last week’s state tournament action.
Gipson tied for fourth at the Class 3 tourney by shooting an even 77 on both days for a total of 154 at Crown Pointe Golf Club in Farmington. It was just two strokes off the pair that finished second.
Daniel Paulson came in behind Gipson from Rogersville with a score of 178 and Addy Miller finished with a 191.
In Joplin, Marshfield’s Luke Gardner shot an 81 for Round 1, then wrapped up his performance with an 87 on Tuesday to account for a 168 total at Twin Hills.
His teammate, Jackson Wolff, got off to a difficult start and struggled on Monday, carding a 99, but rebounded with an 82 for a 181 total.
Lady Cats season ends
Logan-Rogersville girls soccer had its season ended in Bolivar as the Lady Liberators came out on top through the driving rain last Thursday with a 5-0 win in a Class 2 district title game.
Rogersville had hoped to reverse a 7-1 result suffered on the road April 6, but the Cats were turned away at Southwest Baptist University's Plaster Stadium thanks to four goals by Bolivar senior Lexi Berry.
The Cats took an exciting victory in extra time over Osage in the district semifinal two days prior. L-R kept a 1-0 lead through a goal from Olivia MacPherson after the opening 40 minutes, then traded scores in the second half until pulling ahead again inside the final 10 minutes of regulation. The Indians made it 3-3 in the final handful, and despite an appeal for a goal that was eventually waved off before overtime, Rogersville was first to the game-winner in overtime.
The Lady Cats end the year with a mark of 16-9.
Indians track strides to state
Strafford track qualified in four events for the Class 3 state meet Saturday. The Lady Indians' team of Emma Reed, Abby Chadwell, Keylee Crawford and Destiny Mean became the program's first 4x100-meter relay team to make it to state since 1984.
From the girls, Emma Reed also qualified in the 100-meter hurdles, while Jacob Semple and Teagan Lawler advanced in the high jump and discus, respectively.