The weather was nearly perfect and so was the outcome for the Smith-Cotton boys tennis team, which opened its season Monday with a 8-1 win over Knob Noster at Liberty Park.
The Tigers swept the doubles contests, with No. 1 team David Cho and Matthew Tilley topping the Panthers’ Jacob Youngblood and Ben Murphy, 8-4, while S-C’s Mikhail Husyev and Ryan Hankins won at No. 2 doubles over Josh Rougue and Braden Orndoff, 8-2. Jared Baker and Jack Geary also posted an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles over Knob Noster’s Ryan Day and Brendan Cerda-Garcia.
Orndoff topped Husyev, 9-7, at No. 3 singles for the Panthers’ lone match win for the day.
“Our win tonight is a great way to begin the season, but we always strive for ways to improve ourselves,” said S-C Head Coach Rush Walters. “Tonight was a strong start, and I am excited to see what the boys will achieve for the rest of the season.”
The Tigers’ next match is against Battle on Wednesday afternoon at Liberty Park.
TRACK AND FIELD
Smith-Cotton visit Warrensburg for Class 3, 4 and 5 High School Mule Relays
Monique Grant claimed the 400-meter run in a time of 1 minute 1.07 seconds Monday at the High School Mule Relays at the Multipurpose Building in Warrensburg.
It was the only first-place finish for Smith-Cotton in a 20-team field on the boy’s and girl’s side, each.
Grant was runner-up in the 60-meter dash, finishing in 8 seconds flat. Nia Hawkins took fourth in 8.21 seconds.
Saige Peterson finished third in the 800 in a time of 2:29.33.
On the boy’s side, Nate McFail was runner-up in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet, 6 inches. KC Lightfoot of Lee’s Summit cleared 17 feet to tie a Class 5 record and win the event.
Isaiah Robinson, a freshman, was fourth in the 400-meter run with a time of 56.08.
Dmytro Matsko and George Gomez finished third and fourth, respectively in the 800-meter run. Matsko finished in 2:08.30, and Gomez in 2:10.05.
Smith-Cotton track and field competes in the Marshall Open 3 p.m. Thursday at Marshall High School in Marshall.
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
Windsor 2, Skyline 1
Dharma Gilmore scored the go-ahead run on an fifth-inning single Monday to help Windsor softball edge Skyline on the road.
In the circle, Riley Rollings struck out 11 batters and walked one to earn the win.
The Lady Greyhounds broke a scoreless tie in the fourth when Deja Scott scored on an error. In the bottom of the frame, Jenna Carter doubled to tie it, 1-1.
Jordan Quick, 1-for-3, scored the go-ahead run.
Windsor (3-2) play Otterville on the road Tuesday before opening at home 5 p.m. Thursday, with Smithton.
Concordia 8, Smithton 6
Despite a three Tori Klein home runs, a 7-run fourth doomed Smithton on Monday, facing Concordia on the road.
Alyssya Cason relieved Lady Tigers starter Madison Brown in the fifth, but the offense would not overcome Concordia’s knockout blow.
Klein finished with four RBIs. Audrey Williams also homered, and enjoyed a multi-hit day with Klein and Magie Grose.
Smithton (3-2) hosts La Monte 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Santa Fe 13, Green Ridge 10
Santa Fe out-slugged Green Ridge softball Monday in Alma, 13-10.
Matilyn Hayes and Quincy Scotten split pitching duties for Green Ridge, striking out two apiece. Scotten finished 3-for-4 at the plate.
Madison Billingsley and freshman Jeanette Berry drove in three runs each.
The Lady Tigers committed four errors in the contest.
Crest Ridge 20, Sacred Heart 0
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Smith-Cotton 20, St. Pius X 10
The Tigers scored 10 runs in the fifth inning at St. Pius X to open its season with a victory, 20-10.
Smith-Cotton trailed 6-3 before its offensive torrent.
Nick Hagedorn was 3-for-4 with a single, double, solo home run and six RBIs. Tristen Jackson had a 2-run shot in the seventh.
Nathan Brock was the winning pitcher.
S-C plays Clinton on the road 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, and open at home 5 p.m. Wednesday with Rock Bridge.
Cole Camp 12, Otterville 0 (F/5)
Kendrick Logan and Adam Boyd held Otterville to one hit in five innings during a 12-0 victory in Cole Camp’s home opener Monday.
Logan struck out nine and issued one walk. Franklin Oswald recorded the only Eagles hit in the fourth inning.
The Bluebirds, which scored in each inning but one, posted seven runs in the fourth frame. Jarrett Farrar had two hits and three RBIs.
Jake Neal took the loss for Otterville, pitching. He struck out seven and surrendered seven runs on three hits.
Cole Camp faces California on the road 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Otterville hosts Windsor 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
La Monte 14, Leeton 2 (F/6)
Zach Weber struck out seven in six innings during a 14-2 La Monte victory Monday at Leeton.
The Vikings (1-0) play 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Smithton.
Smithton 7, Concordia 1
Crest Ridge 16, Sacred Heart 1
Corrections and revisions
In Friday’s issue of the Sedalia Democrat, Kelsey Sharp’s name was incorrectly spelled in a story titled, “Black and Gold Scrimmage brings Lady Tigers closer to opener.”
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