Sports Round-up 05.05.2010

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE BASEBALL: Fayette’s baseball team was shorthanded Friday when Edon visited, but that didn’t stop the Eagles from giving a strong showing.

Fayette kept it tight until the Bombers blew the contest open in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 14-0 victory.

“This was of Fayette's best played game of the year so far,” coach Bruce Miller said.

Edon led 5-0 until late in the game.

Eagle batters put the ball in play, Miller said, but the Bombers’ defense was sharp—the toughest he’s seen this season. Fayette also gave a good defensive effort, he said.

Kruce Miller pitched the entire game for the Eagles.

Eight team members were in Columbus at an FFA event.

Last Thursday, a tough North Central squad posted a 25-2 win. Miller, Travis Kline and Daniel McNamara took turns on the mound trying to stop the Cadets’ batters.

FAYETTE TRACK: At the Hicksville Invitational April 24, Fayette gave its strongest showing in the girls 800-meter run.

Elisha Hartman won the race in the eight-team field with a time of 2:39 and Melanie Seiler was close behind in third place at 2:42. North Central’s Tiana Wheeler was clocked at the same time, but edged Seiler at the line.

Erica Goeltzenleuchter placed second in the 3200-meter run at 13:08 and Olivia Molina was fifth at 14:08.

Goeltzenleuchter placed fifth in the 1600-meter run at 6:13

In the boys competition, Johnathan Boesger placed fourth in the discus with a toss of 101-6 and Dusty Lantz tied for fourth in the high jump at 5-4.

In the 1600-meter run, Tim Stoltzfus placed sixth with a time of 5:13

No other track results were given for Fayette from the past two weeks.

MORENCI BASEBALL: That one bad happened again Friday at Whitmore Lake and resulted in a league loss for the Bulldog baseball team.

After taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the third, Morenci fell behind after the Trojans move on top for a 5-2 lead.

The Bulldogs came back with five runs on one hit to tie the game 7-7 in fourth inning. Nick Wilson scored Isaac Jeffers with a base hit. Other runs came through walks, errors and a sacrifice fly by Cody Long.

The Trojans came back to score five runs in the fifth to win 12-7.

“We hit very well as a team,” coach Don Williams said, “but we just gave up too many runs.”

The Bulldogs had runners on base and threatened, but couldn’t bring them home.

Wilson batted two for three.

Desmond Alcock was injured in a fielding mishap, but should return to the lineup next week.

WHITEFORD—Morenci jumped to an early lead at home Wednesday, but couldn’t hold on to it. Whiteford went home with a 14-4 victory.

With two outs in the first inning, Long was safe on an error. Two runs came home on walks, two scored on a base hit by Eddie Cousino and another came home from Alcock’s base hit.

The Bulldogs scattered a few hits through the remained of the contest, but couldn’t score.

The Bobcats had a big six-run fourth inning to go on top 6-4 and added to that in the final innings.

“We made some crucial errors to let them back in,” Coach Williams said. “The mental mistakes and easy errors are killing us.”

Wilson started the game and struck out six batters in four innings. He was tagged with the loss.

CLINTON—Morenci trailed league-leading Clinton 9-2 in the top of the fourth inning when a thunderstorm halted play. The game will be finished at Clinton when Morenci travels there May 21.

MORENCI SOFTBALL: Lightning played a part in deciding the outcome of Morenci’s game against Clinton, one of the state’s top-rated softball teams.

With the Redskins leading 7-0 after six innings Monday, the game was called and Clinton took the win.

The visitors scattered their runs with two in each of the first three innings. They took advantage of two-out infield errors to scored four unearned runs in three of the innings.

Tia Tompkins gave up seven hits and five walks while striking out four.

Chanler McCaskey smacked a first-inning double over the left fielder’s head and Matea Garcia singled in the second. Thirteen batters struck out.

WHITMORE LAKE—After two scoreless innings, the runs came fast and furious Friday at Whitmore Lake as Morenci suffered a 14-13 loss.

Shaden Olmstead walked and scored on McCaskey’s single in the third inning. The Trojans came back with four runs.

The Bulldogs bunted their way to three runs to tie it up in the top of the fourth. Whitmore Lake unloaded with seven in the bottom of the inning.

Meghan Smith singled and Michaela Merillat tripled in the fifth.

Trailing 13-7 in the top of the seventh, the Bulldogs came back to tie the contest. A three-run, over-the-fence homer by McCaskey pulled Morenci to within one run, and Tompkins scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.

The Trojans scored an unearned run in the bottom of the inning to win.

Morenci won the non-conference second game, 13-5, with Merillat as the winning pitcher.

Mariah Bovee finishes with three hits, McCaskey belted a double and triple, and Smith has a single and a double. Garcia and Hannah Jeffers each collected a pair of base hits.

WHITEFORD—At home Wednesday, Whiteford broke a 0-0 tie in the fourth inning and went on to win 10-1. On the mound, Tompkins gave up eight hits and five walks while fanning six.

The Bobcats took a 10-0 win in the second game. Tompkins and Merillat shared pitching duties.

MORENCI TRACK: Morenci’s boys track team defeated Britton-Deerfield 88-39 April 27 while the out-numbered girls squad lost 79-47.

Morenci freshman Brooke Bovee competed for the first time this season against the Patriots and she left her mark in four events.

Bovee posted easy wins in the 100-meter hurdles (:16.6) and the 300-meter hurdles (:50.2) and added a win in the 100-meter run (:13.5) in between. She was six seconds ahead of the nearest competitor in the low hurdles. She was also a member of the 1600-meter relay team.

On the boys side, sophomore Max Gautz claimed three wins (110-meter hurdles, :17.3; 300-meter hurdles, :45.2; and long jump, 18-01) and sophomore Simon Jeffers took a pair of events (high jump, 5-6 and 200-meter dash, :24.4).

Bulldog coach Brad Brown said Jeffers is turning in some impressive times for a sophomore who wasn’t on the team last season. His classmate, Gautz, is showing improvement in all of his events from this time a year ago.

Dustin Roller returns to competition for meets this week and Brett Bovee, a rookie to the team, will compete this week.

Morenci’s Phoenix Duncan sat out while an injury heals.

• The Bulldogs travel Thursday to Sand Creek and Saturday to the Hudson Invitational.


Morenci 88, Britton-Deerfield 39 (B)

SHOT PUT: Bach (M) 38-2; 3rd, Mohr (M) 34-09.5. DISCUS: Mohr (M) 118-6; 2nd, Erbskorn (M) 107-6. HIGH JUMP: Jeffers (M) 5-6. LONG JUMP: Gautz (M) 18-1; 2nd, Graham (M) 16-6.5. 3200 METER RELAY: Morenci (Drummond, J. Spaulding, L. Spaulding, Gillen) 9:33. 110 METER HIGH HURDLES: Gautz (M) :17.3. 100 METER DASH: Frey (M) :11.8; 2nd, Graham (M) :12.10. 800 METER RELAY: Morenci (White, Graham, Guelde, Bach) 1:47. 1600 METER RUN: J. Spaulding (M) 5:16; 2nd, Gillen (M) 5:39. 400 METER RELAY: Britton-Deerfield :51.5. 400 METER DASH: Frey (M); 3rd, Jeffers (M). 300 METER HURDLES: Gautz (M) :45.2. 800 METER RUN: J. Spaulding (M) 2:24; 3rd, Gillen (M) 2:31. 200 METER DASH: Jeffers (M) :24.4. 3200 METER RUN: L. Spaulding (M) 11:29; 2nd, Drummond (M) 12:54. 1600 METER RELAY: Britton-Deerfield 4:36.

Morenci 47, Britton-Deerfield 79 (G)

SHOT PUT: Burnor (BD) 24-1.5; 3rd, Lockwood (M) 21-7. DISCUS: Wright (BD) 61-09; 3rd, Lockwood (M) 57-5. HIGH JUMP: Wielfaert (BD) 4-10. LONG JUMP: Jarrell (M) 13-0.5. 3200 METER RELAY: Britton-Deerfield 13:13. 110 METER HURDLES: Bovee (M) :16.6; 2nd, Gallup :18.10. 100 METER DASH: Bovee (M) :13.50. 800 METER RELAY: Britton-Deerfield 2:07. 1600 METER RUN: Goll (BD) 6:50; 2nd, McCaskey (M) 6:58. 400 METER RELAY: Britton-Deerfield 1:01. 400 METER DASH: McMullen (BD) 1:08; 2nd, Jarrell (M) 1:17. 300 METER HURDLES: Bovee (M) :50.2; 3rd, Gallup (M) :57.9. 800 METER RUN: Burnor (BD) 2:54; 2nd, McCaskey (M) 3:12; 3rd, Baugh (M) 3:33. 200 METER DASH: Wielfaert (BD) :28.7; 2nd, Jarrell (M) :31.2. 3200 METER RUN: Goll (BD) 15:15; 2nd, Sodergren (M) 17:45. 1600 METER RELAY: Morenci 5:20.

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