Closer Walker Sweet (during the district championship game).

Home-plate theft sends Cardinals to the final four

1 p.m. Friday vs. St. Francis Borgia at Ozark

The Webb City Cardinals’ Drew Vonder Haar stole home in the bottom top of the sixth inning Saturday to break a tie and win 3-2 and send his team to the final four.

Now the 22-13 Cardinals are set to play the 24-5 St. Francis Borgia Knights at 1 p.m. Friday in the semifinals at Sky Bacon Stadium (located behind Lambert’s restaurant in Ozark).

The other Class 5 semifinal pits Festus against Ft. Zumwalt South at 10 a.m.

The championship will be determined at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets (required for age 6 and older) are $10 per day and can be purchased online.

It was a home game for the Cardinals as they entertained the Kearney Bulldogs last Saturday afternoon in the Class 5 District 7 quarterfinal round at Chuck Barnes Field.

The Cardinals scored first in the top of the fourth. Drew Vonder Haar doubled down the left field line and advanced to third on Christian Brock’s ground-out. Kenley Hood brought Vonder Haar home with a single to right field.

The Bulldogs answered in the bottom of the fourth with two runs on a walk and two hits.

In the fifth, Webb City loaded the bases with a double by William Hayes, Gage Chapman getting hit by a pitch and a bunt by Sam Weller. Hayes scored as the Bulldogs completed a double play on a sacrifice grounder by Cy Darnell.

Kaylor Darnell, on the mound for the Cardinals, gave up a walk to start the Bulldogs’ fifth time at bat. The next batter lined out into a double play. And Darnell struck out the third batter.

Vonder Haar singled up the middle to start the Cardinals off in the top of the sixth. He advanced to second on Landon Johnson’s bunt out. Hood advanced Vonder Haar to third with a grounder that became the second out.

Coach Andrew Doennig caught the Bulldogs off guard by having Vonder Haar steal home.

Walker Sweet relieved Darnell on the mound and held the Bulldogs scoreless for two innings to preserve the 3-2 lead.

Cardinal boys finish 4th, girls 11th at the state track meet

The Webb City boys took fourth place Saturday at the Class 4 state track meet in Jefferson City.

Senior Grayson Smith won the pole vault, clearing 15-feet-5.75-inches.

Junior Evan Stevens won the 3200 meter run in 9:18.66. He also took fifth in the 1600.

Also placing were:

  • Jadon Brisco, junior, eighth, pole vault
  • Nathaniel Miller, junior, third, discus
  • Trey Roets, senior, third, javelin
  • Tucker Liberatore, junior, sixth, javelin
  • Eric Lathan, sophomore, 13th shot put
  • 4×400 relay, 16th

The girls finished 11th as a team.

Junior Dawsyn Decker took first in the javelin, with a throw of 139-feet-10 inches.

Senior Abi Street took third in the 3200 run and fourth in the 1600.

Freshman Brooke Hedger placed fourth in the 800 run.

Junior Aubree Lassiter was 11th in discus, and the 4×100 relay team finished ninth.