MICHAEL BOYD JR.
The two Chloes belted home runs for Ste. Genevieve, but the undefeated host Donettes parked two of their own over the fence to stave off the Dragons, 7-4, Saturday afternoon in Doniphan.
Ste. Genevieve held a 1-0 lead after three innings, but the Donettes (7-0) exploded for four runs in the fourth and held on from there.
Catcher Chloe Staffen and Chloe Walker both had home runs. Staffen finished with two hits, while Walker also had a walk.
Leadoff batter Ava Huber finished 2 for 4 with a stolen base. Hope Schmelzle, Ava Meyer (sacrifice bunt, run), Bailey Deck (hit-by-pitch) and Maddy Terry (run, RBI) each had one hit.
Ava Greer suffered the complete-game loss, allowing seven runs (five earned) on 11 hits and three walks, while striking out six Donettes.
Ste. Genevieve was the home team on a coin flip. They cut it to 4-2 with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but Doniphan added three runs in the fifth. The Dragons provided a short-lived rally with two runs in the sixth.
Doniphan’s Emilee Davis remained unbeaten in the circle, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two.
Peyton Lowery finished 3 for 4 with a home run, two runs and three RBI. Kiernyn Bond also had three hits with a homer, two runs and two RBI. Sydni Speck had a triple, while Kylie Hawkins and Gracen Kirby both had doubles.
Doniphan is a midsized town southwest of Poplar Bluff around Naylor and Neeleyville.
The Dragons were to play Bismarck for a conference twin bill (the second game had been postponed from March 24) this past Monday, but rain showed up once again so it possibly needed to be rescheduled as of press time.