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Prep Roundup: Pittsfield survives duel with Payson

Posted: Mar. 29, 2014 12:01 am Updated: Apr. 19, 2014 12:15 am

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF

The Pittsfield baseball team scored two runs in the fifth inning to hold on for a 3-2 victory over Payson Seymour on the road Friday.

Trailing 2-1, Austin Allen turned a line drive that ricocheted off Payson pitcher Carter Epperson into a double. Dalton Butler followed by reaching on an error, moving Allen to third.

Allen scored the tying run by stealing home as Butler moved to second. After Butler stole third, Jonah Meleski delivered a run-scoring single to give Pittsfield the lead.

The Saukees struck in the first inning, taking a 1-0 lead when Allen scored on a passed ball.

The Indians regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Scott Lentz doubled to center field and scored Cody Hildebrand, who reached on a single and stole second. Two batters later, Scott Lentz scored on Evan Lentz's single to left field.

Allen finished 2 for 4 with two runs for the Saukees. Quinn Leahy was 2 for 4 for Pittsfield.

Scott Lentz finished 2 for 3 with one run and one RBI.

The Saukees' Brett Leahr and Jacob Jenkins combined for 12 strikeouts as Jenkins earned the victory in relief of Leahr.

Epperson took the loss for the Indians, striking out four and walking three while giving up six hits.

Unity 5, Southeastern 4: A four-run second inning was just what the Mustangs needed to come away with a road victory.

"It was the ballgame," Southeastern coach Dave Swisegood said. "It turned out to be the big noise in the game. The game was really close all the way and nobody could break it open.

"Those four runs stood awful big."

Dawson Moore, Brodie Dunker, Adam Donley, Blake Wittler and Dylan Shaffer all had singles for Unity in the second.

Aspen Justice struck out four and gave up one hit to get the victory after relieving Wittler in the fifth inning. Shea Flesner pitched six innings in taking the loss for the Suns. Flesner (0-1) struck out seven and walked four while giving up five hits.

Winston Smith, Flesner, Brodie Eddington and Drew Gastler each had two hits apiece for Southeastern.

Louisiana 10, Van-Far 0: Brandon Holland's two-run double capped a four-run third inning to lead the Bulldogs.

Austin Rule led off the inning with a triple and scored on a double steal. Austin Baker followed with an RBI double. Following a walk, Holland's double made it 8-0.

The Bulldogs (3-1) took a 4-0 lead in the first. They loaded the bases on two hit batsmen and a walk before Justin Lenz plated a pair with a single. An error at shortstop scored the third run, and Collin Stark drove in the fourth with a single.

Hank Calvin allowed just one hit -- a one-out single in the fourth -- while striking out eight and walking one.

Rule was 2 for 3 with two runs scored.

Mercer County 8, Illini West 3: Ryan Garrett's three-run double was the big blow as Mercer County tallied seven in the bottom of the sixth.

The Chargers managed just three singles off Mercer County pitcher Blake Dilavou, who walked none and struck out four. All the Ilini West runs were unearned.

Western 6, Calhoun 3: The Wildcats bunched four singles in a five-run third.

Two walks and a catcher's interference call set the table for run-scoring hits from Noah Lynch, Austin Ward, Josh Sally and Nekoda Gerding. Izack Hively added an RBI double in the fourth and pitched a scoreless final inning, striking out the side.

Boonville 3, Hannibal 0: The Pirates left two runners on in three separate innings in a North Central Missouri Conference loss.

Boonville took the lead in the second with a pair of unearned runs on a passed ball and an error at second base.

Hannibal's best chance came in the fourth after a single and a hit batsman opened the inning, but the Pirates (1-2, 0-2) couldn't move them around.

PREP SOFTBALL

West Prairie 11, Liberty 0: The Cyclones used a flurry of hits to shut out the Eagles in Colchester, Ill.

West Prairie (1-0) cranked out 13 hits and struck early, scoring five runs in the first inning.

The Eagles managed just one hit.

Calhoun 15, Western 5: Grace Baalman threw three scoreless innings, striking out eight, and had three RBIs to lead Calhoun.

The Wildcats committed 14 errors in the game. Kelsey Utterback and Evan Colston had two RBIs apiece for Western (2-3).

West Hancock 12, Monmouth-Roseville 1: Shelby Koehler pitched a one-hitter and drove in two runs with a triple to led the Titans (4-0).

Koehler held Monmouth-Roseville hitless until opposing pitcher Jenna Miller hit a triple in the fourth and scored on a fielder's choice.

Katie Schafer's two-run double in the first put the Titans up 2-0. They added six runs in the second.

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