Forsyth High School’s baseball team made a run to the championship game of the Class 3 District 12 Tournament before dropping a 6-5 decision to host Clever on Tuesday afternoon.
The Panthers opened with a 15-0 victory over Sarcoxie, then knocked off top-seeded Marionville by a 13-6 score in Monday’s semifinals.
Forsyth (8-15) led 4-1 in the district finals, but Tanner Bradshaw belted a two-run home run in the sixth inning to tie the score at 4-all, then he delivered an RBI single in the seventh inning for the winning run.
BRANSON GIRLS’ SOCCER
The Lady Pirates’ season ended in the semifinals of the Class 4 District 9 Tournament, with a 10-0 loss to top-seeded Springfield Kickapoo.
Branson finished the year with a 7-14-1 overall record.
The Panthers had one singles player and one doubles team qualify for the state tournament, in sectional competition on Tuesday.
Jarrett Teel will compete in the singles competition at the Class 1 state tournament on May 24-25 at Springfield’s Cooper Tennis Complex, with Jon Deroo and Jordan Letterman advancing in doubles play.
Teel enjoyed some drama in his three-set victory over Daegan Green of West Plains in the Class 1 Sectional 5 competition, claiming a 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-0 victory.
The Deroo-Letterman team won its sectional match in three sets, a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Houston’s Isaiah Buse and Kyler Ramsey.
Branson’s Gavin Brown lost his sectional match in Class 2 in two sets.
C OF O BASEBALL
The Bobcats suffered their first loss of the NCCAA Central Regional Tournament in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, moving into a winner-take-all rematch with Southwestern Christian on Thursday.
C of O rolled in its first two NCCAA Regional games, with a 22-5 rout of Dallas Christian on Monday and a 13-3 victory over Southwestern Christian on Tuesday.
In the Dallas Christian victory, Ryan Daggs went 3-for-5 with two homers, four runs scored and eight RBIs, and Jay Kaufman had three hits, a home run, scored three runs and drove in two. Joel Ogletree, Max Pulley and Kolton Giefer also homered.
Daggs added two doubles and drove in five runs in the victory over Southwest Christian, with Bryce Burtless adding two hits and scoring two runs, Kaufman finishing with two hits, two runs and an RBI and Westin Gann doubling twice and adding two RBIs.
Southwestern Christian claimed a 5-1 victory over the Bobcats on Wednesday, limiting C of O to one run on three hits. Max Pulley drove in C of O’s lone run on an eighth-inning sacrifice fly.
Bobcats honored: Four C of O players were named to the NCCAA All-Region Team earlier this week.
Honorees were Kaufman, Gann, Pulley and Daggs.
Kaufman, a senior second baseman from Forsyth, has a team-best .405 batting average with 14 doubles.
He also is a standout pitcher, with a 14-9-1 record since transferring to C of O in the 2017-18 season.
Gann is a junior catcher from Springfield Kickapoo High School, playing in 46 of C of O’s first 54 games and posting a .958 fielding percentage. He has seven home runs and 35 RBIs.
Pulley has compiled a .352 batting average from the C of O leadoff spot.
The sophomore outfielder from Leawood, Kansas, has 13 doubles, three homers, 28 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.
Daggs is a freshman third baseman from Greenwood, Arkansas, with a .352 batting average and team-high totals of home runs (9), triples (3) and RBIs (46).