Fellow players charge closing pitcher Gage Chapman as the Cardinals make the last out to win the district championship Wednesday.
Cardinals make it to state with 12-1 win over Carl Junction for district championship
Senior Cardinals treasuring the district trophy are Eric Fitch, Cade Wilson, Kolton Eilenstein, Gavin Stowell, Cooper Crouch, Jeremiah Leaming, Brantley Carter and Aiden Brock.
The Webb City Cardinals were a single-hitting machine Wednesday night as they defeated Carl Junction 12-1 in the five-inning final of the Class 5 District 7 tournament at Neosho.
They next play the District 8 winner, either Platte County or Smithville, in the quarterfinal round of the state bracket on Saturday, May 28.
The toughest game of the district tournament for the second-seeded Cardinals was the pitchers duel Wednesday when they defeated third-seeded Neosho 2-0. Gavin Stowell limited the home-team Wildcats to two hits in 5 two/thirds innings, and Cooper Crouch closed out the game with a groundout and three strikeouts.
Meanwhile, Carl Junction was upsetting No. 1 seed McDonald County 5-4 in 10 innings.
The Cardinals opened the tourney with a three-inning 15-0 win over Parkview, and they needed to bat four innings in the final to score their 12 runs.
They stormed the field after the Bulldogs’ third out in the top of the fifth inning.
The Cardinals barely entered the district tournament with a winning record, 16-15. But they have won six of their last seven games.
Webb City girls, seeded fourth in the Class 3 District soccer tournament at Carl Junction, won their opening-round game Monday 3-0 against Parkview.
However, they were eliminated Wednesday by No. 1 Kickapoo 2-0. The host Carl Junction Bulldogs advanced past Willard 3-0 in the semifinals to face Kickapoo in the final at noon Saturday.
The Cardinals finished their season with a 13-9 record.
The sectional is next for the Webb City girls and boys track squads after they did well Saturday at the Class 4 District 6 meet at Carl Junction.
The girls team won the district meet, led by Riley Hawkins’ first-place finishes in the 800 and 1600 runs, plus coming in second behind teammate Abi Street in the 3200. Street placed second behind Hawkins in the 1600.
Three girls relay teams also qualified for the sectional, with the 4×800 relay coming in first.
Dawson Decker won first in javelin.
All four boys relays, including the first-place 4×800 relay, qualified for sectionals.
Grayson Smith and Trey Roets won first place in pole vault and javelin, respectively.