Marmaton Valley teams play St. Paul and Frontenac teams

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Marmaton Valley High’s Wildcat baseball and softball teams were busy late last week. They both played doubleheaders against St. Paul High’s teams Thursday then traveled to Frontenac to finish suspended action on Friday.
The Wildcat boys lost 7-3 and 12-11 to St. Paul. Garret Ericson and Ethan Ericson combined on the mound for the Wildcats in the first game, giving up 10 hits and issuing six walks.
G. Ericson hit a single and a double while Ben Biggs and Jared Maley each had two singles. Hitting a single each were Logan Booth, Randall Kuns and Gage Stewart.
The Wildcats led the second game 7-5 by the end of the second inning. St. Paul tied the game at 7-7 in the fifth then scored five runs in the sixth inning. Marmaton Valley’s seventh-inning rally fell one run shy.
Derrick Carr took the pitching loss after three innings of relief work for Booth, who started. St. Paul had 14 hits in the game.
G. Ericson led the Wildcat offense with two doubles and a single. Tanner Lewis hit a double and a triple and E. Ericson singled and doubled. Tom Stinnett and Maley each hit two singles. Biggs doubled and Booth singled.
Marmaton Valley’s girls didn’t have much luck in Three Rivers League play against St. Paul Thursday. They lost 15-5 in the opener. Shelby Norman took the pitching loss as she allowed four hits, walked five and struck out five. Norman, Morgan Henry and Kayla McNutt each had a single.
St. Paul notched a 12-2 win in the second contest. Maggie Meiwes and Hale pitched for Marmaton Valley as they allowed four hits. Sydney Hale, Jamee McEndree and Alyssa Stewart had a single apiece.
“We’re not making all those routine plays,” said Brenda Mills, MVHS softball head coach. Mills had the same comment after the Wildcat girls lost 16-0 in two innings of play at Frontenac Friday.
“We picked up this game where we left off when rain stopped us. Frontenac had three runs in and we had two outs. We just needed one out but it didn’t work that way,” Mills said.
Marmaton Valley had one base runner in the game. Norman took the loss on the mound, giving up five hits, six walks and three hit batters. On April 9, Frontenac won the first game of the doubleheader 24-0.
Completing the action from April 9, the Marmaton Valley boys picked up a 9-1 win over Frontenac. The Wildcats led 4-1 after four innings and added four runs in the seventh. Frontenac won the first game of the doubleheader 5-0.
Ethan Ericson got the win in five innings of work as he gave up one run on two hits and one walk. He struck out eight. Garret Ericson pitched two innings in relief and allowed two hits, walked two and struck out two.
Stinnett tagged the ball three times for singles. Lewis cranked out two doubles and Booth doubled. Hitting a single each were
Biggs, G. Ericson, Gage Stewart and Carr.
“This was by far the best game we played this year,” said Derek Schaff, baseball head coach. “It was hard to believe after the way we played against St. Paul the night before.
“Our pitching was excellent and we had no errors. St. Paul pitched the same kid that struck us out 19 times before. We came out focused and hit the ball against him.”
Marmaton Valley’s softball team was to have played at Central Heights Monday but was rained out.