Prep baseball roundup: Big fourth inning helps Liberty split with Payson

Payson Seymour’s Ryan Hildebrand puts the bat on the ball during the Indians’ 6-2 win over Liberty in Game 1 of a West Central Conference South Division doubleheader in Payson, Ill. Hildebrand also earned the win on the mound. (H-W Photo/Michael Kipley)
Posted: Apr. 30, 2013 2:05 am Updated: May. 21, 2013 5:15 am


A six-run fourth inning in the nightcap of a West Central Conference South Division doubleheader helped the Liberty baseball team split with Payson Seymour on Monday at Payson, Ill. Payson won Game 1 6-2 before Liberty claimed the second game 13-5.

Liberty led 5-2 when Koby Brown started the fourth-inning scoring with an RBI triple. He scored on Tyler Ormond's double. Later in the inning, Brian Betts doubled home two runners and Kody Graham and Cole Anderson added RBI singles.

Brown finished 3 for 4 and scored three runs. Seven of Liberty's 15 hits were for extra bases.

Payson had only three hits, including Daulton Speckhart's double.

In Game 1, the Indians scored three runs in the third to pull away. After three walks, Logan Hilgenbrink singled home Austin Coultas. Speckhart followed with an RBI single and Scott Lentz walked with the bases loaded.

Hilgenbrink and Cody Hildebrand had two hits apiece for Payson, while Tanner Stout hit a double. Ryan Hildebrand scattered five hits while striking out six and walking five.

Liberty had five hits -- two each by Brown and Betts.

Quincy Notre Dame 9, Brown County 5: An eight-run third inning gave the Raiders enough runs to win on Senior Day.

Leading 1-0, QND sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning, taking advantage of four walks and two hit batsmen. The key hits in the inning were two-run singles from Matt Doane and Dominic Miles.

All four Raiders errors were made in the final four innings, giving the Hornets a chance to cut into the lead. Tim Woodward doubled home two runs in the seventh. That was followed by Colt Garrett's RBI grounder.

Sam Douglas and Zach Vahle had two hits apiece for QND (11-2), while Chris Dietrich struck out three batters and walked three in four innings. It was his first pitching outing of the season.

Nathan Mekdara had two hits, including a double, for Brown County. Colin Clinging struck out three and walked three while pitching the final 3 2/3 innings in relief.

Centralia 11, Palmyra 4: Centralia took advantage of three walks to score seven runs in the third inning of a Clarence Cannon Conference game at Palmyra, Mo.

The big inning gave Centralia a 9-0 lead. Brock Butler and Will Funkenbush had two hits apiece for Palmyra (11-2, 4-1), while Caleb Kizer, Seth Brown and Butler all hit doubles.

Funkenbush pitched the first five innings and allowed only two earned runs. Palmyra made five errors in the game.

Central 9, Macomb 6: Seth Leezer's two-run home run got the Panthers off to the right start in their non-conference victory at Macomb, Ill.

Leezer's home run highlighted a three-run first inning. Leezer also hit a double in the third, while Mike Johnson went 4 for 4 with two doubles.

Leezer also pitched the first 4 2/3 innings to earn the victory.

Canton 12, Scotland County 5: A six-run third inning gave Canton the lead for good in their victory at home.

The key hits in that inning were Brandon Berhorst's two-run double and Lucas Brown's two-run single. Canton had fallen behind 3-0 in the top of the first after Scotland County took advantage of three walks, a hit batsman and a hit.

Berhorst hit another double later in the game and finished 3 for 5. Austin Hoewing went 2 for 2 and walked three times. Reese Carmichael pitched 5 2/3 innings of relief to earn the victory for Canton (8-5).

Chris Jackson led Scotland County by going 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs. Cordie Kiger and Austin Thrasher had two hits apiece, while Thrasher struck out 10 and walked 10.

Louisiana 8, Highland 7: Dylan Smith laid down a squeeze bunt to score Ryan Cashman in the bottom of the 11th, lifting Louisiana to a Clarence Cannon Conference win at home. Smith was also the winning pitcher after he allowed no runs and struck out five in five innings. Greg Garner went 2 for 6 with a triple and two stolen bases to lead Highland (1-8, 0-5). Dakota Sparks, Keegan Miles and Cody Wilkens added two hits apiece for Highland.

Dalton Channel, Cashman, Hank Calvin and Brandon Holland each had two hits for Louisiana (10-1, 2-1), with Calvin driving in four runs.

West Hancock 20, Southeastern 1: Coy Dorothy's grand slam in the first inning kick-started West Hancock's WCC South victory at Hamilton, Ill. Dorothy went 2 for 3 with eight RBIs, including a bases-clearing triple in the second.

West Hancocks's Austin Hardy went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Trevor Knipe went 2 for 2 with two RBIs for the Titans (11-1, 8-1) and also earned the win.

Shea Flesner and Matthew Ramsey each went 2 for 2 to lead Southeastern (1-9).

Abingdon 14, Illini West 11: The Commandos pulled out a non-conference win with a three-run sixth inning at Carthage, Ill.

The Chargers had tied the score at 11 when they scored twice in the fifth. Braden Bennett scored from second when Nolan Ard reached on an error. Ard then scored on Brody Gronewold's two-out single.

Peyton Porter, Gronewold and Bennett had two hits apiece for Illini West. Porter pitched the final three innings and suffered the loss.

Triopia 3, Western 2: Despite leading 2-0 after the fourth, the Wildcats dropped a non-conference game at home. Izack Hively struck out 10 and allowed only one earned run but suffered the loss. Seth Raftery went 2 for 3 with a double and Jake Walch was 2 for 4 to lead Western's offense.

Winchester West Central 3, Griggsville-Perry 2: The Cougars scored in the bottom of the seventh to prevail in non-conference action. Griggsville's Kaleb Bradshaw pitched a complete game, striking out six, and drove in both Tornadoes runs. Griggsville's Dryden Craven and Wyatt Bradshaw had two hits apiece.


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