Joplin High School finished 9-0 in Ozark Conference softball for the second straight season by beating Kickapoo 3-1 in a makeup game on Tuesday.
The Eagles scored runs in the first, second and fifth innings to triumph. Ashlie Green hit a solo home run in the fifth.
The Eagles, 17-11 overall, challenge fourth-seeded Neosho at 5 p.m. today in the Class 4 District 12 Tournament at Carthage. The host Tigers face third-seeded McDonald County at 6:30.
Kenzie Goswick’s first of two doubles set up the Joplin first-inning run against Kickapoo. Courtesy runner Taylor Clouse remained at second on Courtney Shryock’s infield hit before scoring on Tamarah Mascher’s single.
Cortney Krolman doubled in the second inning and came around on a sacrifice by Jennifer Schulze and a groundout by Shantel Beck.
Junior right-handers Mascher, who worked the first 3 2/3 innings, and Mikaela Cox hurled for the Eagles.
Butler headed for state
Sydney Butler of Joplin qualified for the Class 2 singles state tournament with a straight set sectional victory on Tuesday at the Joplin Athletic Complex.
Butler defeated Michaela Moore of Republic 6-0, 6-2 to earn a spot on the state bracket next weekend at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield.
The Eagles’ doubles team of Madison Erwin-Gretchen White lost their sectional match 6-1, 6-1 to Hanna Nelson-Hannah Todd of Nixa.
Also qualifying for state were Brandon’s Cecelia Givens in singles and Ozark’s Cammie Robinson-Kati Jansen in doubles.
Joplin 3, West Plains 1
WEST PLAINS, Mo. — Domi Salcedo scored a hat trick in Joplin’s victory Tuesday against West Plains in an Ozark Conference match.
Salcedo broke a scoreless tie with a free kick early in the second half, then scored twice in a three-minute span, assisted by Locke McAllister and Grant Renken. West Plains outshot Joplin, 13-11.
“We came out a little flat after a long bus ride,” said Joplin head coach Ed Miller. “We had a little more energy in the second half. We had a nice game with the hat trick and the defense did a nice job.”
Joplin (11-7, 5-2 conference) will play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Ozark.
College Heights 10, Columbus 0
COLUMBUS, Kan. — Kellen Grantham scored four goals as College Heights defeated Columbus in a nonconference soccer match.
Grantham and Dylan Zarrabi each scored twice in the first half as the Cougars took a 6-0 halftime lead. Jacob Cawyer and Jon St. Clair also had first-half goals.
In the second half, Grantham scored twice along with goals by Anthony Skinner and St. Clair. Brady Bishop had two assists, and Alex Edge, Jake Hamilton and Dawsen Worthington each had an assist.
College Heights (12-7) will play at 4 p.m. Friday at New Covenant.
Edge to Cavaliers
AURORA, Mo. — Alex Renfro had two goals as Thomas Jefferson claimed a 3-2 overtime decision against Aurora.
Renfro, assisted by Mario DeStephen, scored in the 84th minute to lift the Cavaliers (5-6)..
DeStephen also scored — assisted by Renfro — and assisted on the other goal by Renfro.
Aurora (8-7) received goals from Franco Serra and Parker Jager. Goalies Joey Cascone (Thomas Jefferson) and Blake McMasters (Aurora) each had six saves.
Pittsburg 3, Carl Junction 2
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Ricky Sanchez’ hat trick — the third goal came with 10 minutes left to snap a tie — paced the Purple Dragons to their ninth win in 11 matches.
Cullen Graham had both goals for the Bulldogs (7-6). The tying tally came at 59:00.
It was 1-1 at the half.
Carl Junction coach Kevin Hauck praised the effort of Pittsburg goalie Sullivan Lauderdale (eight saves). Josiah Dinwiddie had six for Carl Junction.
Chiefs top Joplin
Kickapoo swept Joplin 25-19, 25-17 in an Ozark Conference volleyball match Tuesday night at Kaminsky Gymnasium.
Haley Sloan led Joplin with seven kills and four serve points. Lauren Stringer had 18 digs and four serve points.
Joplin (12-10) will play at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in a conference match at Parkview.
Willard defeats Webb City
WEBB CITY, Mo. — Kate Bushnell recorded nine kills, and Willard defeated the Webb City Cardinals in two sets on Tuesday night.
Willard (24-5) won 25-9, 25-11.
Kaylee Reynolds led Webb City (7-17-2) with three aces and seven digs.
The Cardinals will be at Ozark on Thursday.
CHC beats Purdy
Erika Larkin had nine kills and scored two aces among her 10 serve points as College Heights Christian defeated Purdy 25-13, 25-15 in a nonconference match at College Heights.
Alex Bruey had three aces and 10 serve points and Sarah Kent had 26 assists.
College Heights (16-6-3) will play at 6 p.m. Thursday at Ash Grove.
McAuley tops Exeter
EXETER, Mo. — Katie Carr registered 16 kills and five blocks, and the McAuley Catholic Warriors defeated Exeter in three sets.
McAuley dropped the first set 25-23 before rallying to beat Exeter 25-16 and 25-9.
Kate Meiseler recorded 25 assists and seven digs, and Miranda Green contributed three aces, nine kills and four blocks.
McAuley (10-14-2) is at McDonald County on Thursday.