Layton Morgan

Hollister’s Layton Morgan provided the big blow in a victory at Forsyth on Monday, driving a deep home run far over the right-field fence and into the football bleachers.

The Hollister High School baseball team is headed into the postseason on a roll, claiming the championship of the Forsyth Tournament and running their winning streak to five on Tuesday.

The Tigers (15-9) defeated Billings (12-2), Forsyth (9-8) and Strafford (8-6) at the tournament, taking the title with some impressive offensive performances.

Against Billings on Saturday, Hollister broke open a tight game with four runs in the third inning, two in the fourth and five more in the fifth. Colby Teaster had two hits and drove in two runs to lead the way.

Logan Armitage doubled, walked three times and scored twice, and Layton Morgan picked up the pitching victory, striking out seven in 3 2/3 innings.

Morgan delivered the big blow against Forsyth on Monday, belting a home run that clanked off the football bleachers, far beyond the right-field fence. He finished with two hits and three RBIs.

Konner Hatfield added two hits and scored three runs, and Landon Richards finished with two hits and one run scored.

In Tuesday’s final game against Strafford, Teaster had two hits and scored twice, and Morgan tripled and scored a run.

The fifth-seeded Tigers will host the Class 4 District 11 Tournament, playing No. 4 Bolivar at 1 p.m. Saturday in a first-round game. Top-seeded Aurora awaits the Bolivar-Hollister winner, in a 4:30 p.m. semifinal game on Monday. The championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.

 

BRANSON BOYS’ TENNIS

Mason Carlson won a three-set thriller, taking a 7-5 decision in the final set, to clinch the Pirates’ 5-4 victory over Nixa in the Class 2 District 11 semifinals on Tuesday afternoon.

The victory improved Branson to 11-2 on the dual-meet season and sent the Pirates into the district finals against Springfield Kickapoo.

The district finals were postponed from Wednesday’s original time to Thursday morning, and moved to Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, where indoor courts were available in case of wet weather.

The winner of the Branson-Kickapoo match will play Joplin in the sectional round on Saturday.

 

BRANSON GIRLS’ SOCCER

The Lady Pirates closed out the regular season with a 2-0 loss to Willard on Tuesday afternoon.

Branson will take a 7-13-1 overall record into the semifinals of the Class 4 District 9 Tournament on Tuesday.

The host Lady Pirates are the fourth seed at the district and will play top-seeded Springfield Kickapoo at 5 p.m. Nixa and Ozark will meet in the other semifinal, with the championship game set for 5 p.m. Thursday.

 

REEDS SPRING BASEBALL

The Wolves improved to 11-7 overall with a 2-1 victory over Cassville on Tuesday afternoon in what turned out to be the team’s regular-season finale.

Justin Locke (5 innings, 6 strikeouts) and Paxton Smith (2 innings pitcher, 4 strikeouts) combined to allow no earned runs and one hit.

Seth Stamps had a double and an RBI for Reeds Spring, with Locke, Smith and Blayne Blevins collecting the other hits for the Wolves.

The Wolves are the sixth seed for the Class 4 District 11 Tournament in Hollister, and will open the postseason with a 3:30 p.m. game Saturday against Springfield Catholic. The winner of that game will play No. 2 seed Logan-Rogersville at 7 p.m. Monday, with the championship set for 6 p.m. Tuesday.

 

FORSYTH BOYS’ TENNIS

The Panthers’ perfect dual season ended on Wednesday in the finals of the Class 1 District 10 Tournament, a 5-0 loss to Springfield Catholic.

Forsyth ended its dual season with a 13-1 record, and advanced to the finals with a 5-4 victory in the semifinals over the team from The Summit Prep and New Covenant Academy.

Springfield Catholic advanced to a state sectional matchup against either Willow Springs or Houston.

 

C OF O BASEBALL

Five Bobcats earned Association of Independent Institutions honors as C of O competed at the conference championships last weekend.

Two players – Jay Kaufman and Max Pulley – were named to the all-conference first team, with Collan Thrasher and Ryan named to the second team, and Kole Kelley picked as the Champion of Character.

Kaufman is a two-way threat for the Bobcats, winning 14 games on the mound over the last two seasons and compiling a .401 batting average with 57 hits and 34 RBIs this spring.

Pulley finished with a .959 fielding percentage at second hase, with 54 hits, 42 runs scored and 26 RBIs as the plate.

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