By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Highland started a new streak Tuesday with a 6-1 win over Schuyler County in Ewing, Mo. The Cougars' success spilled over to Wednesday when the Cougars used an outstanding effort from Ryan Waterman to beat Monroe City 8-7.
Waterman went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs to help the Cougars (3-9) win their second consecutive game. Highland had lost nine games in a row before it beat Schuyler County.
"We've been fielding the ball better," Highland coach Jeff Oenning said. "Our pitching has picked up, and we're more confident. Most of the season, we've been a victim of one bad inning where we made four or five errors and that snowballs. We're doing a better job of relaxing when we do make errors."
Waterman's first double was part of a three-run first inning for the Cougars. Highland added four runs in the fourth to go ahead 7-2. Monroe City added five runs in the sixth and seventh innings, including a two-run home run by Kyle Fulton with no outs in the seventh.
Grant Vollrath also had a double for the Panthers.
Jack Neisen struck out six in five innings to win his first start of the year for the Cougars.
Jefferson City 8, Quincy High School 0: The Blue Devils allowed eight runs in the first three innings as they lost in Jefferson City, Mo.
QHS scattered seven hits but couldn't manage to get a hit with a runner in scoring position.
Andrew Eilers had two hits and Andrew Hugenberg added a double for the Blue Devils (8-12).
Quincy Notre Dame 16, Liberty 6: The Raiders overcame some sloppy fielding to beat the Eagles in a six-inning game at home.
The Raiders, who committed four errors, wrapped up the game with a seven-run sixth. Included in that inning were two-run doubles by Dominic Miles and Zach Vahle, run-scoring singles by Sam Douglas and Joey Polak and a fielder's choice RBI by Nick Dietrich.
QND (13-2) fell behind 2-0 in the first and 4-2 in the second. The Raiders took the lead for good with a four-run second. Miles hit a two-run home run to right field to score the tying and go-ahead runs.
Liberty had taken a 4-2 lead in the second when Lane Hanzel hit a two-run single.
Miles finished 3 for 3 with four RBIs, three runs and two walks and Vahle was 3 for 4 with three RBIs. QND used five pitchers and Austin Ridder, who pitched the second inning, was credited with the win.
Isaac Murfin was 2 for 4 with a double for Liberty. Koby Brown pitched the first 4 1/3 innings and was charged with the loss.
Central 3-4, Payson Seymour 5-3: Scott Lentz hit an RBI double to score Daulton Speckhart to give Payson a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning of Game 1 of a West Central Conference South Division doubleheader. Austin Coultas added an RBI single later in the inning.
Ryan Hildebrand went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Tanner Stout pitched five innings of relief to earn the win.
Central scored three runs in the seventh to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Mike Johnson hit an RBI single in the seventh to make it a one-run game, and Zach Foote's two-run single gave Central the lead.
John Aden went 2 for 4 to lead Central offensively. Foote worked a complete game for the win. Logan Hilgenbrink went 2 for 3 to lead Payson (7-7).
Palmyra 9, South Shelby 2: Will Funkenbush singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the fourth inning of the Panthers' Clarence Cannon Conference victory at Shelbina, Mo.
Funkenbush scored Josh Hultz, who reached on an error with one out for a 3-2 lead. Trevor Meny walked and both runners advanced on a passed ball, setting up Funkenbush's hit.
Palmyra (13-2, 5-1) stretched the lead to 5-2 when Seth Brown and Brock Butler hit back-to-back homers in the fifth. The Panthers' four-run sixth was highlighted by Caleb Kizer's two-run homer. Holden Hudson added a solo homer in the third.
Kizer and Hudson had two hits apiece, while Hultz pitched the first four innings to earn the victory.
Jacksonville Routt 6, Brown County 3: The Rockets took control of a Western Illinois Valley Conference game during the second inning at Mount Sterling, Ill.
Routt had four of its 10 hits in that inning to score three runs on four singles and take a 4-1 lead. The Hornets had tied the score at 1 in the bottom of the first when Tim Woodward doubled home Tristin Hobson.
Brown County cut the lead to 4-3 with a two-run fifth. Nathan Mekdara singled home Braxton Phelps for the first run of the inning. Mekdara was replaced by courtesy runner Blake Law, who scored on Brady Long's single.
Mekdara was 3 for 4 to lead the Hornets (8-9). Tristin Hobson went the distance, allowing four earned runs.
South Shelby (6-7) scored both runs in the first when Alex Blackford walked and scored on Wyatt Proper's two-run home run.
Pittsfield 11, Western 1: The Saukees capitalized on eight errors by the Wildcats to help coach John Schultz earn his 450th career win.
Ethan Borrowman finished 2 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs, while Dalton Butler drove home two runs for Pittsfield (13-10).
Donovan Schwanke drove home the loan run for Western (8-14).