Dadeville, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- In music, a medley is when two or more songs are sung at one time. In Dadeville, Zane Medley is a junior baseball player who is capable of doing many different things to help the Bearcats win.
Medley’s talents were on display Wednesday in a 6-2 win over Joplin McAuley Catholic in the MSHSAA Class 1 state sectionals, a contest delayed 48 hours by weather. He pitched a complete game, hit a 2-run homer, and delivered some clutch base running that triggered a critical rally.
The visiting Warriors (7-8) got on the board first in the top of the third inning on a little flare to short center field by senior Conner Hempen that scored two runs. But the Bearcats tied it up just moments later with Medley’s 2-run tater, a screamer down the left field line.
“I just hit it hard—he (McAuley pitcher Shaw Robertson) just threw it down the middle,” Medley recalled. “I knew it was gone as soon as it left the bat. It was the best one I’ve felt all year.”
“That broke the tension a little bit, I thought” said Dadeville coach Brent Rountree. “Whenever you have a hit like that in high school ball, it seems to get you a momentum swing.”
Dadeville took the lead for good in the fourth as sophomore Christian Long led off with a double to right. Senior Dusty Freeze followed with a single to put runners at the corners. After a strikeout to senior Nick Yocom, sophomore Austin Neely drew a walk to load the bases. One out later, sophomore Ben Keathley was hit by a pitch from McAuley senior Shaw Robertson to force in Long and put Dadeville up 3-2.
“I was surprised I got hit,” said Keathley, “but I was willing to get anything to let anyone score for us there.”
The Bearcats added three runs in the sixth without the benefit of a hit. With runners at second and third and two out, Medley swung at strike three but catcher Adam Robertson (Shaw’s brother, a sophomore) dropped the pitch and his throw to first on Medley’s runout sailed high. In the confusion on the play, the other two runners—Neeley and sophomore Will Sappington—came around to score. Medley plated the final run a moment later when freshman Simeon Dohmen failed to squeeze a fly ball off the bat of junior Wade Coble.
“We should know what to do on the basepaths,” said Rountree. “That’s something we’ve been practicing. We do it well and we executed that time.”
Medley allowed just four hits while striking out nine. Shaw Robertson fanned 14, but also walked four including three in that all-important sixth inning.
“Plain and simple, Zane put us on his back and carried us that game,” said Rountree. “We caught a few breaks, but I also thought we put the ball in play when we should have to score some runs.”
Medley said, “I felt good until about the fifth inning, and then my arm started really hurting. Coach said if I didn’t make it through the game, then we probably wouldn’t get to tomorrow.”
The Bearcats improve to 17-7 and visit Polk County League rival Weaubleau on Thursday in the quarterfinals. The Warriors ended their season at 7-8.
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