Morning Sports Report – Thursday, May 24

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DALLAS, Tx–Missouri State played their first game of the Valley tournament Wednesday against 8th seed Evansville. The Bears swept the Purple Aces in the regular season. 

Missouri State’s ace was on the bump and Dylan Coleman didn’t disappoint. Strikes out Tanner Craig to end the first. Keeps it scoreless.

In the bottom of the second. The Bears bats would get going. Brooks Zimmerman blasts a two run homer. Missouri State leads 2-0.

To the sixth the Bears scoring all different ways. Drew Millas with an infield single, with the bases loaded. Ryan Skalnik scores. It’s now 7-0 Missouri State.

Same inning Bears bust it open. Ben Whetstone one hops the fence. Three runs come in. And that makes it 10-0.

Then on the hill, Coleman finishes it off. Goes all 7 innings, allowing 4 hits and had 9 strike outs off 114 pitches.
    
Bears win in seven 10-0. Missouri State plays Indiana State Thursday at 4:00p.m. 
 

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STRAFFORD, Mo. – Strafford High School will have to make room for more hardware outside the gym.

Five days after the softball team captured its second state championship, the baseball team clinched a trip to the state finals for the first time in 10 years..

Thursday the Indians played a thriller with South Callaway in the Class 3 quarterfinals. Landon Horstman put the visiting Bulldogs on the board with a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning. Strafford came right back in the bottom half, as Wyatt Maples belted a 2-run double to the fence.

With Mason Foley on in relief for Tony Caldwell, the Indians were one out away from State when Austin Loucks crushed a fly ball to deep center field.

In the sixth, Strafford’s Hunter Langston just missed the catch on a deep fly to center, which wound up as just a long single. He did not waste his second chance. The junior sprinted toward the fence, reaching up and making the grab at full extension to end the ballgame and send SHS to the Final Four for just the second time in school history.

Strafford will face Hallsville at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in O’Fallon in the Class 3 semifinals. In the program’s prior appearance at State, the Indians took home second place in 2008.

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Here’s a look at some other high school baseball scores.
In Class 1, the Eagles blank the Eminence Red Wings, 16-0. 

And the game between Walnut Grove and Greenfield was postponed Wednesday.
That game has been rescheduled for Thursday at 5:00 p.m. 

In the Class 2 quarters, Skyline is moving on to the final four as the Tigers topped Lincoln 11- 4.

Also in Class 2, New Covenant falls in extra innings losing to Mansfield 3 – 2 in 8 innings. 

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To some girls soccer.  Springfield Catholic came up just short of returning to the final four for a second consecuvtive season.  The Fightin Irish lose to Pleasant Hill 4 – 3 in overtime. 

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