Highlights from Tuesday’s area softball, baseball, golf, tennis and soccer action:
SOFTBALL: College Heights rides six-run inning to win over Exeter
The College Heights Christian softball team stayed undefeated and began Ozark 7 Conference play on a high note with a 7-0 win over Exeter on Tuesday at the Joplin Athletic Complex.
The Cougars improved to 4-0.
Freshman pitcher Maddy Colin struck out 12 batters and scattered five hits in the complete-game shutout.
The game was scoreless when College Heights erupted for six runs in the fifth inning.
Addie Lawrence singled and later scored on an error. Lauren Ukena bunted and Exeter threw it away, allowing Sarah Painter to score.
After Jayli Johnson singled, Kloee Williamson hit a two-run double to left. Later, Avery Good and Aaliyah Perez both drove in runs with base hits, giving the Cougars a 6-0 lead.
College Heights, which features athletes from McAuley, added a run in the sixth when Painter singled and later scored on Williamson’s RBI single.
Williamson went 2-for-4 with three RBI, while Painter and Good contributed two hits apiece.
College Heights hosts Verona on Thursday.
BASEBALL: McDonald County earns win over Carthage
ANDERSON, Mo. — With some late-game heroics, McDonald County defeated Carthage 5-4 on Tuesday in prep baseball action.
The Mustangs improved to 5-3, while the Tigers fell to 1-4.
Cross Dowd went 5 2/3 innings on the mound for the Mustangs. He allowed three earned runs and struck out six. Rylee Boyd went the final 1 1/3, striking out two.
Cole Martin and Ethan Lett both went 2-for-3 for Kevin Burgi’s Mustangs. Martin scored twice, while Isaac Behm drove in two runs.
Carthage was limited to four hits, one apiece by Logan Carmickle, Grant Collier, Rylee Barker and Sylas Browning. Kaden Kralicek and Browning had one RBI apiece for the Tigers.
Zach Geter and Will McCombs pitched three innings apiece for Carthage. Geter gave up four runs and struck out two. McCombs allowed one run and fanned three.
The game was tied at four when the Mustangs took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth inning. Dowd walked and stole second. He went to third on Behm’s grounder and scored on Lett’s RBI single to center.
Carthage is at Nevada on Thursday, while McDonald County hosts Joplin on Saturday.
BASEBALL: Carl Junction suffers loss at Aurora
AURORA, Mo. — Carl Junction suffered a 6-5 setback at Aurora.
The Bulldogs plated four runs in the sixth to tie the game, but the Houn’ Dawgs received a go-ahead RBI double from Jaesik Friggle in the bottom half that ended up the game-winner.
Carson Johnson and Noah Southern had two hits apiece for the Bulldogs. Drew Beyer and Kyler Perry drove in one run apiece.
Dylan Eck went five innings and allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out nine. Perry went one inning and gave up one run on two hits.
Aurora’s Trey Mulholland pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out four. Aaron Fisher and Kelton Brown pitched in relief.
Brown kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard in the seventh.
Hayze Hoffman went 3-for-3 with two RBIs for the Houn’ Dawgs (6-0), while Friggle had two hits and scored twice.
Carl Junction, now 5-2, hosts Frontenac at 4:30 on Thursday.
GOLF: Joplin takes first at Carthage
CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Joplin boys golf team took first place for the second straight day after finishing with a team score of 153 at the Carthage Golf Course on Tuesday.
Carl Junction took second place with 170 points, while Webb City finished two strokes back with a 172. Carthage shot a 177 as a team.
Playing the par-35 front nine holes, Joplin finished with the top four individual scores. Harry Satterlee and Hobbs Campbell each finished with a 37 to lead all golfers, while Wyatt Satterlee finished two strokes back in third place with a 79. Ethan Sage tied with Carl Junction’s Noah Williams for fourth place after both scored a 40.
Cooper Wyrick shot a 41 for the Bulldogs, while Jacob Teeter carded a 44. Zach Wrensch finished the day with a 45.
Braxten Cahoon led Webb City with a 41, Keegon Dill shot a 42. Carson Frazier finished with a 44, while Cody Frazier shot a 45.
Carthage’s Quinn Brewer, Grant Fagg and Brandon Gacke all carded 44s, while Britt Coy shot a 45.
GOLF: Thomas Jefferson wins triangular, McAuley takes second
Thomas Jefferson’s Owen D’Amour captured medalist honors and led the Cavaliers to a first place team finish at Tuesday’s prep golf triangular at Schifferdecker Golf Course.
Thomas Jefferson finished with a team score of 190, while McAuley Catholic had a 198 and New Covenant turned in a 203.
Thomas Jefferson’s D’Amour shot a 43 and was two strokes better than McAuley’s Evan D’Amour, who carded a 45 to take the runner-up spot. McAuley’s Joe Lupicki tied for third place with a 47.
Also for Thomas Jefferson, Jake Jarrett shot a 48, Luke Miller carded 49 and Jack Tyrrell shot a 50 to round out the team score. Also for the Cavaliers, Tony Touma shot a 55 and Caden Myers had a 58.
In addition to D’Amour and Lupicki, McAuley’s Rocco Bazzano carded 51 and teammate Cade Englert shot a 55.
Also for the Warriors, Thomas Black shot 56 and Jeffrey Horinek carded 57.
TENNIS: Neosho drops opener to Monett
MONETT, Mo. — The Neosho High School boys tennis team suffered a 9-0 loss to Monett on Tuesday in the team’s 2021 opener.
In singles play, Neosho’s Landon Austin lost to Dylan Lynch 8-5, Christian Williams lost to Ethan Kutz 8-3, Melvin Lopez fell to Angel Salas 8-5, Brandt Gonzales fell to Ben Hoyt 8-2, Ryno Lee lost to Heisman Welch 8-2 and Blaze McKay suffered an 8-2 loss to Jackson Young.
In doubles action, Monett’s Lynch-Holt defeated Austin-Williams 8-4, Kutz-Salas beat Lopez-Gonzales 8-2 and Welch-Young defeated Lee-McKay 8-3.
Neosho hosts Mount Vernon on Thursday.
TENNIS: Thomas Jefferson defeats New Covenant
Thomas Jefferson boys tennis started the season off with a win after defeating New Covenant Academy 9-0 on Tuesday.
In singles action, Ian Ding defeated Brody Bennett 8-2, while Noah Hamlett earned an 8-2 win over Kaden Moore.
Tyler Brouhard defeated Elijah Davis 8-2 and Christopher Wheelen was victorious over Aiden Henderson 8-3. Prithvi Nagarajan defeated Hogan Nieman 8-1, and Lala Qian was perfect against Van Riessen, 8-0.
In doubles, Hamlett and Brouhard defeated Bennett and Moore 8-6, while Ding and Nagarajan beat Davis and Henderson, 8-4. Wheelen and Qian rounded out the win with an 8-0 victory over Nieman and Van Riessen.
SOCCER: Area teams earn wins
In Tuesday’s girls soccer action, McAuley Catholic defeated Mountain View-Liberty 8-1, Webb City beat Cassville 8-0, Carthage defeated Pittsburg 10-0 and Carl Junction beat Hillcrest 4-0.