South Callaway senior pitcher Smith Kemper drove in three runs and junior center fielder Cory Hanger hit a two-run home run as the Bulldogs opened their season under new head coach Heath Lepper by downing Centralia 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Leeper took over at South Callaway when Jared Wood left after two seasons to become (Columbia) Battle's new head coach. Wood guided the Bulldogs to the Class 2 state championship in 2012.
"It's always a good one when you start the season off with a win, especially at a new school," Lepper said. "The kids kept working hard; they battled in every at-bat and kept banging."
New Bloomfield 8
NEW BLOOMFIELD - Junior starter Brady Wiler went the distance and struck out eight as the Wildcats notched their first win of the season over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Wiler surrendered two hits and walk while hitting a batter as Tipton scored three runs in the top of the first inning to grab an early lead. He settled down from there, allowing just two hits and no walks the rest of the game as he finished at 80 pitches.
"He started mixing up his pitches better in the second through seventh inning," New Bloomfield head coach Brandon Talbot said. "He stayed ahead of the count with the curveball and changeup, especially in the top of the lineup."
New Bloomfield takes second
in season opener at California
CALIFORNIA - Junior Tyler Grace shot a 42 to finish as the individual runner-up in directing the Wildcats to a second-place team finish in Monday's season-opening California Quad.
William Woods 6 6
Mobile 3 7
MOBILE, Ala. - The Lady Owls fell to the Lady Rams in eight innings in the nightcap to split Tuesday's doubleheader.
University of Alabama-Mobile third baseman Anna Blake Barnette singled off William Woods senior reliever MacKenzie Bowden with one out in the eighth to drive in left fielder Alexa Da Rosa for the game-winning tally.
William Woods' Hassan, Taylor
earn weekly AMC player honors
Junior Julian Taylor and sophomore Myriam Taylor were named the American Midwest Conference men's and women's golfer of the week, respectively, on Tuesday.