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High school roundup: Notre Dame baseball team falls to defending state champs

Josh Haggerty and Chase Urhahn each hit a double to pace the Bulldogs as the Notre Dame baseball team suffered its first loss of the season to three-time defending state champion Westminster Christian Academy 8-4 on Saturday in the suburban St. Louis area in a battle of the two top-ranked teams in the state in Class 4.

Westminster, currently ranked first, was led by Caleb Hicks, who doubled. The Wildcats were led on the mound by Jordan Smith, whose pitching helped Wesminster improve to 14-3.

“We actually had a chance to take the lead in the fifth inning, but we didn’t do it,” Notre Dame coach Jeff Graviett said.

Ross James endured his first loss on the mound for the Bulldogs. He pitched a complete game and recorded six strikeouts and four walks.

“Too many mistakes, but all in all, I’m pretty happy with the way we competed today,” Graviett said.

Westminster defeated Notre Dame 7-5 in the state quarterfinals last year.

Later in the day, the Bulldogs trumped O’Fallon Christian 17-2 in five innings to notch their 10th win of the season.

Haggerty blasted a triple and a double to lead Notre Dame in the win.

Pitcher Graham Ruopp picked up his fourth win on the mound. He threw a complete game and had six strikeouts and five walks.

WP — Jordan Smith. LP — Ross James, 3-1. 2B — Josh Haggerty (ND), Chase Urhahn (ND), Caleb Hicks (WCA). Multiple hits — Westminster Christian Academy: Jordan Smith 2-4, Caleb Hicks 2-4, Collin Einertson 2-2. Records — Notre Dame 9-1, Westminster Christian Academy 14-3.

WP — Graham Ruopp, 4-0. LP — Luke Lucas. 3B — Josh Haggerty (ND), Josh Jansen (ND). 2B — Josh Haggerty (ND), Matt Westrich (ND), Chase Urhahn (ND), Adam Pope (ND), Christian Job (ND). Multiple hits — Notre Dame: Josh Jansen 2-3, Josh Haggerty 2-4, Matt Westrich 2-3, Chase Urhahn 2-2, Adam Pope 2-4. Records — Notre Dame 10-1, Living Word (O’Fallon) Christian 4-3.

A run scored by the Green Wave in the bottom of the 10th inning allowed host Malden to break the tie and come away with the win over the Rams.

Garrett Potts and Brandon Stanley each hit a double to help lead Malden to victory.

Zach Carlyle belted a triple for Scott City (3-5).

WP — Jeremy Jones. LP — Jordan Kluesner, 1-2. 3B — Zach Carlyle (SC). 2B — Drew Short (SC), Garrett Potts (M), Brandon Stanley (M). Multiple hits — Malden: Garrett Potts 2-4, Brandon Stanley 2-4; Scott City: Eric Uhrhan 2-4. Records — Malden 6-5, Scott City 3-5.

Home runs by Portageville’s Derrick Priggel, Hunter Jackson and Chance Howard helped the Bulldogs rout the Rams at Malden.

Priggel also was the winning pitcher.

Ben Story and Jon Kellams added a double apiece for Portageville.

Zach Carlyle suffered his first loss on the mound as Scott City dropped to 3-6.

WP — Derrick Priggel. LP — Zach Carlyle, 0-1. HR — Derrick Priggel (P), Hunter Jackson (P), Chance Howard (P). 2B — Ben Story (P), Jon Kellams (P). Multiple hits — Portageville: Ben Story 2-4, Derrick Priggel 2-4, Jon Kellams 2-4, Hunter Jackson 4-4, Chance Howard 2-4. Records — Scott City 3-6.

Garrett Walker hit a double and went 3 for 3 at the plate to lead the Hornets to victory over the Eagles at home in the first game of a doubleheader.

Zane Eggimann notched his first win of the season on the mound. He pitched a complete game and recorded four strikeouts and three walks.

Colby Burmeister and Marcus Rigdon smacked a double each for Naylor.

WP — Zane Eggimann, 1-2. LP — Marcus Rigdon. 2B — Garrett Walker (A), Colby Burmeister (N), Marcus Rigdon (N). Multiple hits — Advance: Garrett Walker 3-3, Brian Whitson 2-4; Naylor: Alex Burns 2-3. Records — Advance 4-4.

Creighton Miles belted a double as the Hornets blew out the Eagles in five innings in the second game of the doubleheader at home.

Brian Whitson was the winning pitcher. He threw two innings and had two strikeouts and no walks as Advance improved to 5-4 with the win.

WP — Brian Whitson, 3-1. LP — Colby Burmeister. 2B — Creighton Miles (A). Multiple hits — Advance: Creighton Miles 2-2, Brian Whitson 3-4, Zane Eggimann 2-2, Ben Trout 2-2. Records — Advance 5-4.

The Crusaders were bested 5-4 in penalty kicks after the teams played to a 2-2 draw during regulation and overtime.

The Tigers picked up a singles and doubles match win against the Wildcats on the road but suffered a team loss.

SINGLES

No. 1 — Collin Mayer (E) def. Alex Mailes (C) 6-3, 7-5

No. 2 — Matt Varner (E) def. Derek Nunnery (C) 6-0, 6-0

No. 3 — Ryan Atwood (E) def. Jonah Roop (C) 6-3, 6-1

No. 4 — Andrew Pizzullo (E) def. Jalen McDowell (C) 7-5, 6-1

No. 5 — Josh Landgraf (E) def. Vikas Rudrappa (C) 6-4, 5-7, 10-6

No. 6 — Caleb Strickland (C) def. Maneesh Chagnati (E) 6-3, 7-5

DOUBLES

No. 1 — Mayer/Varner (E) def. Mailes/McDowell (C) 8-2

No. 2 — Atwood/Pizzullo (E) def. Nunnery/Strickland (C) 8-4

No. 3 — Roop/Rudrappa (C) def. Landgraf/Chagnati (E) 8-2

JV — Eureka 5, Central 4

The Tigers dropped all but one doubles match to the Longhorns on the road in the suburban St. Louis area.

SINGLES

No. 1 — Kenji Yanaba (PW) won by default

No. 2 — Dillon Youngberg (PW) def. Derek Nunnery (C) 8-0

No. 3 — Scott McKnight (PW) def. Jonah Roop (C) 8-2

No. 4 — Jordan Thomas (PW) def. Jalen McDowell (C) 8-3

No. 5 — Joseph Ross (PW) def. Vikas Rudrappa (C) 8-6

No. 6 — Nicholas Sunarto (PW) def. Caleb Strickland (C) 8-6

DOUBLES

No. 1 — Yanaba/Youngberg (PW) def. Mailes/McDowell (C) 8-1

No. 2 — Nunnery/Strickland (C) def. McKnight/Thomas (PW) 8-7

No. 3 — Ross/Sunarto (PW) def. Roop/Rudrappa (C) 8-4

JV — Parkway West 7, Central 2

— From staff reports

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