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By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 5/11/22

As if earning the top seed in the upcoming Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 4, District 4 Baseball Tournament was not enough, Tyler Ahring’s Owensville Dutchmen …

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As if earning the top seed in the upcoming Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 4, District 4 Baseball Tournament was not enough, Tyler Ahring’s Owensville Dutchmen will have the good fortune of not having to leave the friendly confines of OHS Field to play in it.

Standing between the top-seeded Dutchmen and their first district title since 1980 will be Sullivan’s Eagles, Salem’s Tigers, St. Clair’s Bulldogs, Cuba’s Wildcats and St. James’ Tigers.

Sitting at 8-9-1 opening the final week of the regular season, Owensville owns victories over Sullivan, Salem, St. Clair and St. James (twice) helping them to the top seed.

They were scheduled to play Cuba last Thursday night but that game was canceled due to inclement weather and unplayable field conditions.

Sitting at 7-9, Sullivan was awarded the second seed in spite of a 9-5 loss to fourth-seeded St. Clair back on Wednesday, April 27.

Sullivan also has wins over Cuba, Salem and St. James (twice) to go along with a 5-0 loss to Owensville back on Monday, April 25.

Salem comes into the final week of regular-season play at 6-7 as the third seed in the district tournament with wins over St. James and St. Clair to go with losses at the hands of Sullivan and Owensville.

Earning the fourth seed was St. Clair’s Bulldogs in spite of their aforementioned win over Sullivan to go along with a win over St. James.

Out of the Gasconade Valley Conference, Cuba’s Wildcats drew the fifth seed entering this week with a 3-10 record.

Their wins came against Belle, Steelville and Dixon. They were scheduled to play St. James back in mid-April but it was among numerous area baseball games canceled due to either inclement weather or unplayable field conditions.

Rounding out the district field as the sixth seed are St. James’ Tigers.

Entering this week at 2-12, St. James’ victories this spring have come against New Haven and Newburg.

District tournament action at OHS Field will begin Saturday afternoon with fourth-seeded St. Clair facing fifth-seeded Cuba at 2 p.m., followed by a showdown of Tiger squads at 4 p.m., between third-seed Salem and sixth seed St. James.

Top-seeded Owensville will open their portion of the district tournament on semifinal Monday at 4 p.m., against the Cuba-St Clair winner while second-seeded Sullivan will take on the Salem-St. James victor at 6 p.m., at OHS Field.

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