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Jackson stumps Kelly

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

JACKSON -- Jackson defeated Kelly 5-1 on Monday in a game of SEMO Conference rivals.

The Hawks struggled at the plate, scoring just one run on four hits.

"It was a tough loss," said Kelly coach John Gant. "We're just having trouble making everything click. Our defense looked really good, but we couldn't put together any runs. Not getting the hits when we've needed them has hurt us in quite a few games this year."

Derrick Wheatley drove in Kelly's only run and Drew Moore provided a double. Major Burger and Garrett Stricker had the other two hits.

Stricker also pitched the first five innings, allowing four runs on five hits and four walks. Chase Deason threw the final frame and retired the side in order.

"Overall, I wasn't upset with the effort," said Gant. "The boys made a good showing out in the field and Stricker threw a pretty decent game."

Jackson's Seth McDowell picked up the win. Dusty Roberts paced the Indians at the plate with two hits. Michael Burk, Stearns and Josh Parham also had hits.

Kelly (4-7) will host East Prairie today at 4 p.m. Deason is expected to get the start.

VARSITY SOFTBALL

BENTON -- Kelly's softball team saw its remarkable eight-game shutout streak come to an end on Monday, but still managed to beat a quality Egyptian (Ill.) team, 5-2.

"I knew it was going to be a good game," said Kelly coach Rhonda Evans. "I told the girls before the game that if (Egyptian) scored a run, they had to let it go. We were going for the win. That's what the girls did, and we came out with a win today on a tough team. Egyptian always gives us a run for our money. We needed this game."

Kelly struggled early, committing four errors in the first three innings as Egyptian took a 2-0 lead. The Lady Hawks were able to tie the game on a Monica Senciboy triple, then take the lead on a squeeze play that scored Senciboy.

Kelly added two more insurance runs in the sixth to preserve the victory.

"We finally settled down and starting playing some good, Kelly ball," said Evans. "We capitalized on some of Egyptian's errors, and the girls did really well on their base running."

Dana Essner improved her personal record to 5-0, allowing two hits with five strikeouts over seven innings.

Senciboy paced Kelly at the plate, batting 2-for-4 with the triple and an RBI. Dana Essner and Christy Kluesner also contributed hits.

Amber Jones was charged with the loss, Egyptian's second of the season. Jones and teammate Amy Jordan had the only hits for the Lady Pharaohs.

"They are very similar to the kind of competition we play in the fall," said Evans. "In the spring, Egyptian and Dongola (Ill.) both have very good teams."

Kelly (9-0) will travel to East Prairie today for a 4 p.m. game.

SCOTT CITY -- Scott City ace Shana Wadlington was able to strikeout 15 batters, but it wasn't enough to beat Leopold on Monday night.

"I thought Shana did a fine job pitching," said Scott City coach Sally O'Brien. "We could've hit the ball a little better, but Leopold has got a real good defensive team. They just didn't fall."

Scott City led 3-0, then Leopold plated all of its five runs in the sixth inning to pull ahead.

Wadlington allowed the five runs on six hits with two walks.

She also led Scott City at the plate, batting 2-for-4.

Other hits came from Megan Ressel, Britne Amick, Kyla Smith and Audrey Heisserer.

Leopold's Trankle picked up the win. Kyla Horrell led the Lady Wildcats' offense with two hits.

Scott City (6-4-1) will host Charleston today at 4 p.m.