By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
An Adam Hightower home run helped the Quincy University baseball team put aside its defensive woes and earn a victory Thursday night.
The Hawks overcame six errors and got some late offense to beat Culver-Stockton College 10-8 at QU-Stadium.
Hightower hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give QU (18-8) the separation it needed.
The Wildcats (15-18) had cut the lead to 7-6 by plating three runs in the sixth. Trent Brisboe drew a two-out walk to start the rally. Dominick Minogue reached on an error, scoring Brisboe.
Nate Ollin singled to left field, scoring Minoque to cut the lead to 7-5. Ollin scored when Edikson Zaro reached on an error.
Despite Hightower's homer, C-SC put another scare into QU in the top of the ninth.
Wildcats designated hitter Jason Schwartz doubled to left field, scoring two and chasing Hawks closer Teddy Rule.
Tim Haley came in for QU and allowed Danny Carroll to single, loading the bases for C-SC with one out. Haley then forced Brisboe to pop out and struck out Minogue to pick up his first save of the season.
Hightower had four RBIs, while Nick Tindall drove in three runs for QU. Brian Burwell pitched three innings in relief of starting pitcher Nick Stroud to pick up the win for QU. Derick Lamar took the loss, allowing five runs in 1 1/3 innings of work for C-SC.
Hannibal-LaGrange 6, Lyon College 5: Lady Trojans had to wait an extra day, but they finished off their American Midwest Conference sweep in Batesville, Ark.
Taylor Lewis scored the game-winning run on an error in the bottom of the sixth inning for HLGU (14-14, 9-5). The Lady Trojans trailed Lyon College 3-0 after the game was suspended after the first inning Wednesday.
Kachina Hudson pitched a complete game and struck out six to earn the victory. Lewis added a home run.
Quincy Notre Dame 10, Central 3: After spotting Central a 3-0 lead in the top of the third, the Lady Raiders answered with seven runs in the bottom of the inning at The Backyard.
The tying and go-ahead run came after Alyson Tappe grounded to shortstop Amanda Ihrig with runners on second and third. Ihrig's throw home was late and mishandled, allowing Kristen Gengenbacher to score and giving Kassidy Gengenbacher time to score to give QND a 4-3 lead.
Mary Beth Hugenberg followed with a RBI single, Emily Kite had a run-scoring sacrifice fly and Aryiel Gengenbacher singled home a run.
QND (6-1) scored three runs in the fifth, highlighted by RBI doubles from Kite and Kristen Gengenbacher.
Central (3-6) scored its runs in the third when Chrissy Weaver and Ihrig scored after Savana Mixer reached on an error. Mixer then scored on Sarah Richmiller's double.
Aubrey Venvertloh led the Lady Raiders by going 3 for 4. Richmiller was 2 for 4 and Weaver reached base three times.
Liberty 9, Payson Seymour 0: Shelby Wellman and Michaela Leapley both drove in two runs to help the Eagles win in Payson, Ill.
Shelli Ormond hurled a complete game, allowing three hits and striking out five for Liberty. Alyssa Walters had two hits and Abbi Zanger doubled for the Lady Indians.
Boonville 4, Hannibal 3: Hannibal scored two runs in the top of the seventh, but couldn't complete the rally in North Central Missouri Conference action.
Austin Kirby opened the seventh with a doubled and scored on a triple by Trevor Anderson. Anderson scored the final run for Hannibal (3-4, 1-3 NCMC) on a groundout by Dalton Powell.
Boonville built a 4-0 lead by scoring three runs in the first inning and one in the second off Hannibal starting pitcher Brandon Scott. The right-hander pitched a complete game, striking out eight and scattering four hits.
Hannibal 161, Highland 190: Scott Cockrell shot a 3-over 38 to earn medalist honors and help the Pirates beat the Cougars at Three Pines Golf Course in Ewing, Mo.
Alec Abel (40), Cody Whiston (41) and Jack Baumann (42) rounded out the top for Hannibal. Chase Wilson led Highland with a 39.
Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 8, QND 1: Jack Nudo picked up the Raiders' only win, beating the Cyclones' Andrew Orshkov 6-1, 3-6, 10-5. QND fell to 4-8 on the season.