The Pittsburg High School baseball team swept Chanute on Thursday night, opening Southeast Kansas League play with 11-4 and 10-9 wins.

The Pittsburg High School baseball team swept Chanute on Thursday night, opening Southeast Kansas League play with 11-4 and 10-9 wins.

In the first game, Pittsburg benefited from a Broc Bennett home run in the second, a two-run single by Spencer Bernhardt in the third, a Bernhardt RBI double and a Brandon Baker RBI triple in the fourth and Pittsburg score four insurance runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Dylan Gromer, as well as a RBI double by Bennett.

Joe Wimmer earned the win, allowing two earned runs and three runs over six innings. Anthony McNeely pitched the seventh.
Pittsburg held on by the skin of its teeth in the second game after staking a 10-3 lead headed into the bottom of the seventh.

Gromer helped build that lead with a pair of two-run singles and Todd Keller scored what turned out to be the very important 10th run of the game after he singled and worked his way around the bases to score on a passed ball.

Bennett pitched six innings, coming out in the seventh for Bernhardt, who saw a Pittsburg defense behind him commit three errors that helped the Blue Comets get within one run. With two outs and runners on first and second, big-hitting Quinton Schooley hit one deep into right field but fortunately for Pittsburg, Adam Redd came up with a catch and saved a 10-9 lead and doubleheader sweep.
Pittsburg (2-1) faces Girard on Monday.

Pittsburg softball

The Purple Dragons split with Chanute on Thursday night, losing the first game 12-2 and winning the second 7-4.
In the first game, Chelsea Williams plated Mercedes Vogel with a double and Katy Short singled in Andie Casper, who singled, stole a base and moved to third on a passed ball. Otherwise, it was all Blue Comets — especially during a seven-run fifth inning that broke open a game that was 5-2.

Pittsburg responded in the second game with a five-run second inning — Williams singled, Alaura Short singled, Bethanne Elliott doubled home Williams and Short, Melia Cook singled in Elliott, Kylie Wilber singled home Cook and Vogel doubled in Wilber and Casper, who had reached on a walk. All seven runs scored were earned and came on RBI hits.

Cook picked up the win for Pittsburg and the Purple Dragons (3-1) play a road doubleheader with Fort Scott next Thursday.

Southeast baseball

Southeast improved to 3-0 on the season with a road nonleague doubleheader sweep of Cherryvale, 7-6 and 6-2 on Thursday.
Southeast won the first game in eight innings. Josh Thompson pitched six innings and earned a no-decision. Jason Reed came on in the seventh inning and earned his first win of the season.

Southeast senior Aaron Lake almost made history in the nightcap, as he took a no-hitter through 6 2/3 innings, allowing his only two hits of the night with one left out in the seventh. Head coach David Dainty said Lake also enjoyed a solid game at the plate.

The Lancers open Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League play at home against Erie on Monday.

Girard baseball

The Trojans split a road nonleague doubleheader Thursday against the Tigers of Fort Scott and first-year head coach Josh Regan, losing the first game 4-3 and winning the second game 7-4.

Girard head coach Keith Matlock said the difference in the outcomes was the Trojans came through with timely hits in the second game they did not get in the first game after falling behind 3-0 after two innings.

In the second game, a game that Matlock called a back-and-forth contest, Girard pulled ahead 4-3 in the fourth and scored three runs in the seventh to build a 7-3 lead that held up through Fort Scott’s last at-bat.

Senior pitcher Justin Mein picked up the win and Girard (3-1) plays SEK League school Pittsburg on Monday.

High school golf

St. Mary’s Colgan placed fifth, Pittsburg ninth and Girard 11th at the season-opening Independence Invitational on Thursday.

“A very disappointing day today,” Pittsburg head coach Merle Clark said. “Not one of our players came close to playing up to their potential. We have a lot of work to do at practice.”

Colgan senior Austin Barone led all Crawford County golfers with a fourth-place 82 — six behind tournament winner Eric Schlange of Independence — and Pittsburg senior Andrew Joy cracked the top 20 with a 17th-place finish, shooting 88 along with Keenan Nutt of Independence.

Colgan senior Michael Hudiberg and Colgan freshman Bailey Beykirch (making his varsity debut) tied with Conner Murrell of Coffeyville for 22nd place, shooting 91.

Aaron Boore finished highest for Girard — 42nd place, tied with Troy Reaves of Chanute and Joe Schoech of Columbus.
Independence won the team crown by placing five golfers in the top 22.

Team results: Independence 333, Fort Scott 336, Coffeyville 345, Iola 346, Colgan 360, Columbus 368, Labette County 377, Chanute 390, Pittsburg 390, Parsons 394, Girard 435.

Pittsburg results: Andrew Joy 88, Johnny Randall 98, Dalton Russell 101, Taylor Brinegar 103, Justin Wuerdeman 106, Parker Matthews 117.

Colgan results: Austin Barone 82, Michael Hudiberg 91, Bailey Beykirch 91, David Misasi 96, Will Mitchelson 103, Taylor Thomas 106.

Girard results: Aaron Boore 102, Tyler Rusher 109, Klay O’Brien 110, Jonathon Westoff 114, Kyle Bauder 128, Garrett Platt 144.

Pittsburg tennis

The Purple Dragons finished second at the Coffeyville Invitational on Thursday, helped out by the first-place finish of senior Brandon Smith in No. 2 singles. Smith continues his torrid play early in the season, improving to 7-0 overall with a three-match sweep of Coffeyville, Chanute and Columbus.

“We have lost some very close matches in our first two outings and of course we can always do better but we know where we can build up things to give us a better opportunity for success. Brandon Smith is really coming around and Hank (Cloninger) has tough spot to play (in No. 1 singles). Our doubles teams were not satisfied with two second-place finishes.”
Hank Cloninger finished third in No. 1 singles, Jake Cloninger and Sean Perkins second in No. 1 doubles and Kaleb Konek and Jake Creech second in No. 2 doubles. Pittsburg hosts its own invitational next Thursday.

Team results: Coffeyville 10, Pittsburg 8, Chanute 3, Columbus 3.