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Bell City sweeps Advance

Friday, April 26, 2002

BELL CITY -- Bell City's baseball team swept Advance in a doubleheader on Thursday, 1-0, 12-1.

In the first game, Jason Rampley threw a complete game one-hitter, issuing no walks with nine strikeouts.

"When Jason is on, he's on," said Bell City coach Matt Asher. "Today, thankfully, he was. He doesn't hurt himself by walking anybody, he just throws strikes. A one-hit shutout is pretty impressive."

In the fifth inning, Ben Duncan walked and then stole second. Ty Brown blasted a shot to right field, scoring Duncan for the go-ahead run.

Bell City also saw hits from Dominitrix Johnson and C.J. Hadley in the win.

Advance's Eric O'Hare was charged with the loss. Andrew Jenkins had the team's only hit.

In the second game of the doublebill, Bell City defeated the Hornets 12-1. Again Rampley dominated, batting 3-for-3 with four runs scored and three RBIs. He hit a double and had a two-run homer in the fifth inning.

Brown also had a big game, batting 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs. Darrell Bailey was 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI.

Other Bell City hitters were Ben Duncan, Zak McIntyre and Luke Phillips.

The Cubs (7-4, 3-2) will travel to Richland next Thursday.

CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Kelly's baseball team posted its most impressive win of the season on Thursday, beating Cape Central ace John Thies and the Tigers 5-2.

Thies dominated the early innings, but Kelly turned it on like a light switch in the fourth inning and never looked back.

It was their first SEMO Conference win of the season.

"We just started playing ball the way we should be playing," said Kelly coach John Gant. "We started hitting the ball, we started making bang-bang plays on defense, and we capitalized on a couple of their mistakes. It was a big win for us."

The Hawks plated the five runs on five hits from Major Burger, Barry Zeigler, Chase Deason, Kendle Deason and Jarod Staggs.

Jason Kell picked up the win, allowing one earned run on six hits and two walks over five innings of work.

"We played great defense, and (Kell) came up big with guys on base," said Gant. "He kept his cool and threw a heck of a ballgame. It was his best performance of the year."

Chase Deason threw the final two frames for the Hawks, giving up one hit and one walk with three strikeouts.

Seth Hudson paced Cape Central (4-11, 3-4) at the plate, batting 3-for-3. Aaron Dohogne finished the day 2-4.

Kelly (6-7, 1-6) will travel to Oran on Monday.


CHAFFEE -- Kelly's softball team hammered county rival Chaffee on Thursday, 23-3 in five innings.

Freshman Whitney Beggs led the Lady Hawks both on the mound and at the plate. She pitched all five innings, allowing four hits and two walks. She recorded 12 strikeouts.

She also batted 4-for-5 with two RBIs. As a team, Kelly finished with 20 hits.

"The girls came in and really put the ball in play," said Kelly coach Rhonda Evans. "We had several key players step up. Whitney Beggs did an excellent job. It was a good team effort from everybody."

Kelly plated two runs in the top of the first, only to see Chaffee tie the score with two runs in the bottom of the frame.

Beggs buckled down from that point as Kelly rolled to the uncontested victory.

"Whitney was a little nervous that first inning," explained Evans. "But then she settled down and had excellent second, third, fourth and fifth inning throwing. I was real proud of her for being a freshman and taking the lead."

Allison Johnson was 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Dana Essner was also 2-for-2. Monica Senciboy and Christy Kluesner were both 2-for-3.

Chaffee's Shannon Hampton was charged with the loss. Maggie Pfefferkorn, Abby Walter and Lindsey Everett had the team's three hits.


CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston's golf team traveled to Cape Central for the final dual match of the season on Thursday.

The Bulldogs were defeated 151-160.

"It's not exactly the way we wanted to end the regular season," said Sikeston coach Rick Oetting. "Cape had their best round of the year and beat us on their home course. Cape Country Club is a wonderful course to play and help prepare us for district and state. I think maybe the individuals on the team had placed a lot of pressure on themselves to shoot great rounds when they needed to focus on managing the game they have. This will probably help us Monday at district more than it will hurt us."

Scoring for Sikeston was Tanner Fritz at one-over 35, E.C. Atchison at 39, Brandon DeWitt at 41 and Martin Schaefer at 44.

Districts will be at Farmington's Eagle Lake golf course on Monday. The Bootheel course in Sikeston will be the site of the first ever SEMO Conference Tournament on May 6. The state meet will be in Springfield May 13-14.