Friday, May 26, 2017
SPRINGFIELD --- The state's bigger class four and class five high school baseball teams played their quarterfinal games across the Show-Me State last night. In class five, the Kickapoo Chiefs were in Jefferson City to play the Jays. Kickapoo rolled into the state capitol with 20 wins. They were flashing the leather early, Charles Kelley has a great catch in left field for Kickapoo. It was 1-0 Jays in the third when Kade Franks takes this deep to left, just out of the reach of Kelly, a three run shot, it's 4-0 Jefferson City. Kickapoo would cut that lead in half in the fourth, Andrew Kauffman bounces this up the middle, Trey Kelly and Zac Salyers score it's 4-2. Jeff slams the door in the sixth when the Jays' Grant Wood takes this deep to right, a three-run bomb, and Jefferson City goes on to win 8-2. In class four, Aurora was at Helias and the Hound Dawgs won 8-2, they'll play Pleasant Hill in the semifinals next week. St. Louis ended up losing to the Dodgers 7-3. The Royals were rained out. Springfield lost to Corpus Christi in extra innings 4-3. -------------------------------------------------------- The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame celebrated America's past time Thursday with it's annual baseball luncheon. The hall also inducted five new members. Three of the five have ties to Springfield, including the headliner Mark Bailey. Bailey was the first Missouri State Bear to make it to the bigs, playing for 13 seasons mostly with Houston. Mark Stratton coached at Glendale and Drury. And Rob Rains grew up in Springfield and is a veteran sports writer in St. Louis. Westran softball coach Kelly Odneal and Negro League star John Donaldson complete the class. "Yea, from Missouri State I think I was the first ex-Bear. So I don't take that honor lightly. I certainly hold that in high regard," said Bailey. "I'm stunned that I'm here and going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I certainly appreciate it and accept it as a result of having all those good kids," said Mark Stratton. "I was very lucky and very fortunate to do what I did for a living. These guys played and coached, I was able to write about them on the field. I can't imagine doing anything else. Yea, childhood dreams come true," said Rains. Before Thursday's inductions, there was a special ceremony on the Hall of Fame grounds. A larger than life statue was unvieled depicting Bill Virdon's legendary catch in the 1960 World Series. Virdon grew up in West Plains and was a rookie of the year with St. Louis before being traded to the Pirates. His catch helped Pittsburgh win that championship. Virdon also had a long career managing the Pirates, Yankees, Astros and Expos. He makes his home here in Springfield.   [READ MORE]
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