(photo by David Jenkins)
Kelly pounded out 15 hits and had some solid pitching.
"We played excellent baseball," said Kelly head coach John Gant. "We came out and jumped up quick and we stayed up. Our pitching was great tonight."
Garrett Stricker picked up the win, going four innings and allowing two hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Barry Zeigler pitched one inning and allowed one run and one hit with three strikeouts.
Stricker also had a big day at the plate, going 2-4 with a home run, a double and four RBIs.
"Stricker has to step up and he did tonight," said Gant. "He played a great game all the way around. He played like a stud tonight."
Other Kelly hitters were Tyler Schlosser (3-3, 2 RBIs), Chase Deason (3-3, 2 2B, RBI), Dustin Deshaney (2-3, 2B, 3B, 3 RBIs), Zeigler (2-3, RBI) and Drew Moore (2-4, 2 3B).
"I think that's an excellent example of what we can do this year," said Gant. "Hopefully this will be a starting point for us and we can take off from here. The boys needed this to get their heads up."
Kelly will play at Woodland on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
SCOTT CITY - The Scott City Rams picked up a big win on Thursday by defeating Oran 4-3.
Oran (2-1) led 3-0 going into the fifth but couldn't hold on as they made some defensive miscues. The Rams plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull out the win.
Trey Graviett took the loss, throwing five innings and allowing four unearned runs off four hits and four walks with six strikeouts. Tyler Nelson pitched one inning of scoreless relief and struck out one.
Scott City's Trenton Estes was the winning pitcher.
The Eagles only managed four hits: Ryne Wood (1-4), Graviett (1-4), Nelson (1-2, RBI) and Matt Seyer (1-3, RBI).
Oran hosts Charleston today at 4 p.m.
CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Notre Dame Bulldogs plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out a 5-2 SEMO Conference win against New Madrid County Central.
NMCC had a chance to take the lead in the top of the sixth when they had runners on second and third with nobody out and the top of the order coming to bat.
But the Bulldogs got out of the jam without allowing a run.
"With some timely hits or just some flyballs to the outfield then we could've taken the lead," said NMCC head coach John Jones. "But those things happen, it's still a young season for us. To go up and play Notre Dame on their field the way we did -- I'm extremely happy for these kids. If we had some timely hits then it might've been a different outcome."
NMCC hurler Chris Nance got a no-decision, throwing four innings and allowing two runs off seven hits and four walks with five strikeouts.
Zack Dees was saddled with the loss, throwing 1 1/3 innings and allowing one run off one hit, two walks and one hit batter. He struck out two.
Mark Adam Wade threw 2/3 of an inning, allowing two runs off one hit and one walk with a strikeout.
Lee Essner was the winning pitcher for Notre Dame.
"Notre Dame was coming off a loss over at Dexter and I knew that they were wanting to get their self righted and it's unfortunate that we had to be the ones to play them today," said Jones. "They're a quality baseball team and they hit the ball well."
NMCC was led offensively by Nance, who went 2-4 with an RBI. Others were Wade (1-5), Kimball (1-4) and Ben Pyles (1-4, RBI).
NMCC (1-1, 1-1 SEMO) will host Jackson today at 4 p.m.
SIKESTON - The Chaffee Red Devils baseball team had no trouble with Scott County Central, winning 26-0 in five innings.
Chaffee's Brent Thomason threw four innings, allowing one hit and four walks with eight strikeouts to pick up the win. Andrew Horrell struck out two batters in one inning of relief.
"I was pretty impressed with the way Thomason threw the ball," said Chaffee head coach Brian Horrell. "And it was nice to see Horrell get in there and compete. He hasn't thrown for us this year and it was good to see him back on the mound."
Chaffee was led offensively by James Reischman who went 5-5 with three doubles and seven RBIs.
Others were Horrell (2-3, 2 RBIs), Thomason (3-4, 3 RBIs) and Derek Uhrhan (2-3, 3 RBIs).
"We swung the bats well," said Horrell. "Reischman had a very good day. It's not the kind of pitching that we're used to seeing, but he was able to stay patient and drive the ball. He played well today."
Chaffee (4-2, 2-0 Scott-Mississippi) will host Scott City on Monday at 4 p.m.