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  • SPORTS ROUNDUP: PHS tennis wins home invitational

  • The Pittsburg High School tennis squad won its home invitational Thursday with three individual champions and only two losses on the night against Fort Scott, Columbus, Labette County and Iola.

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  • The Pittsburg High School tennis squad won its home invitational Thursday with three individual champions and only two losses on the night against Fort Scott, Columbus, Labette County and Iola.
    “Any time you win three spots as a team you have done your job,” Pittsburg head tennis coach John Seal said. “Our doubles teams dominated this meet and Brandon Smith ran his record to 12-0. Our doubles both have 10-2 records. Hank Cloninger really played well his final two matches coming from behind in his third match and giving the No. 1 singles player from Columbus a good run.”
    Brandon Smith won his third first place in No. 2 singles — defeating Iola 8-2, Fort Scott 8-3, Labette County 8-0 and Columbus 8-0 to continue his early-season dominance at No. 2.
    Sean Perkins and Jake Cloninger went 4-0 in No. 1 doubles — beating Iola 8-2, Fort Scott 8-2, Labette County 9-2 and Columbus 8-2.
    Kaleb Konek and Jake Creech also went 4-0 in No. 2 doubles — defeating Iola 8-0, Fort Scott 8-5, Labette County 8-2 and Columbus 8-2.
    Hank Cloninger finished third in No. 1 singles — wins over Iola (8-0) and Labette County (8-4) and losses to Fort Scott (8-2) and Columbus (8-4).
    Team results: Pittsburg 14, Fort Scott 10, Columbus 9, Labette County 4, Iola 3. The Purple Dragons are 10-2 on the season with one tournament championship and two runner-up finishes.
    High school golf
    Pittsburg finished third in the Iola Invitational and St. Mary’s Colgan won the Frontenac Invitational at Four Oaks on Thursday.
    “We definitely played more like we are capable of playing,” Pittsburg head coach Merle Clark said. “Seniors Andrew Joy and Johnny Randall had super days with a 75 and a 76 respectfully, which were good for third and fourth place overall.”
    Colgan freshman Bailey Beykirch won his first individual title on Thursday with a round of 78, finishing one shot better than Colgan senior Austin Barone and two shots better than Colgan senior Michael Hudiberg.
    All six Colgan golfers placed in the top 10, as Will Mitchelson, David Misasi and Taylor Thomas joined Beykirch, Barone and Hudiberg.
    Team results (Iola): Iola 331, Coffeyville 333, Pittsburg 335, Independence 336, Fort Scott 344, Columbus 355, Chanute 367, Iola ‘B’ 368, Labette County 371, Parsons 374.
    Pittsburg results: Andrew Joy 75, Johnny Randall 76, Justin Wuerdeman 90, Dalton Russell 94, Taylor Brinegar 97, Parker Matthews 104.
    Team results (Frontenac): Colgan 322, Frontenac 377, Baxter Springs 387, Galena 391, Riverton 475.
    Colgan results: Bailey Beykirch 78, Austin Barone 79, Michael Hudiberg 80, David Misasi 85, Will Mitchelson 89.
    Frontenac results: Jesse Christman 90, Kyle Loy 94, Judd Belew 95, Jake Christman 98, Casey Lindbloom 99, Garrett Tackkett 99.
    Colgan vs. Erie
    Senior pitcher Morgan Gilmore dominated the Red Devils of Erie on Thursday, as she tossed a no-hitter in a 10-0 five-inning run-rule Game 1 and then struck out 17 against only three hits in a 9-0 win in Game 2.
    Page 2 of 2 - Gilmore walked one batter in the first game and she helped out herself with a 2-for-2 at the plate. Jordan Fleming and Katie Kolarik went 2-3.
    Katelyn Flood continued her torrid hitting from the first two games of the season with a 3-3 in the second game, two singles and one double. Amanda McBride went 2-4 with two doubles, Bridget Hughes 2-4 with a double and Taylor Bolinger 2-4 with a triple.
    On the diamond at JayCee Ballpark, Colgan swept Erie, 9-0 and 15-0.
    Senior pitcher Jack Villamaria won the first game, striking out four and walking none, and junior V.J. Piccini won the second, striking out two and walking none. Villamaria and Piccini each supported themselves with doubles in the respective games they pitched against the Red Devils.
    In the first game, Jesse Newcomb and Christian Cedeno doubled, and Sam Gilbert tripled. In the second, Villamaria smacked two doubles and Drew Gill laced a three-run double. Cedeno also doubled in Game 2.
    Pittsburg baseball
    Early in the season, defensive mistakes have cost Pittsburg and that was the case Thursday night against Fort Scott in 13-6 and 6-5 losses.
    “We’re just not playing sound defensive baseball now,” Pittsburg head coach Mike Wilbert said. “Defensive lapses hurt us. We were held to six hits, so we did not hit the ball as well in the second game.”
    In the first game, Fort Scott gained a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first, helped out by two Pittsburg errors.
    Pittsburg recovered with three in the second — consecutive hits by Brandon Baker (double), Anthony McNeely (double), Broc Bennett (single) and Joe Wimmer (single). Hitting was not the problem for Pittsburg — Baker, Bennett, McNeely and Wimmer each had two hits.
    Fort Scott senior shortstop Luke Brown made the biggest hit of the game, as his grand slam in the third gave Fort Scott a commanding 10-4 lead after Pittsburg chipped into that early Fort Scott advantage.
    In the second game, Fort Scott again jumped out with a 2-0 lead, which Pittsburg answered with a two-run single from Bennett. Baker would later hit a two-run single but a solo home run by Fort Scott’s Brent Parsons and two runs in the sixth earned Fort Scott the sweep.
    Southeast baseball
    Early in the season, the Lancers have benefited from solid pitching and that continued Thursday night in a sweep of Galena at home, 14-1 and 5-3.
    Senior ace Cade Ulery won Game 1, striking out 12 Bulldogs. Josh Reed won Game 2, allowing two hits and striking out five. Southeast pitchers only allowed five hits over the doubleheader.

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