EAST PRAIRIE - Eight different Dexter players recorded hits as the Bearcats exploded for a 15-2 win over the East Prairie Eagles on the road Tuesday afternoon.
Dexter pounded two Eagles' pitchers for 13 hits in the game that was called in the fifth inning by the 10-run mercy rule.
Aaron Mathis led the 'Cats offensively with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, including a run scored and three runs batted in. Josh Miller also had three RBI for the game for Dexter.
Garrett Williams, Nolan Pixley and Taylor Pyle all had two hits in the rout. Williams was 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored. Pixley was also very productive with a 2-for-3 day at the plate that included three RBI and two runs scored. Pyle finished the day's work 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI.
The Eagles are in the mist of a good season, supporting a 8-2 record before the loss to Dexter. Coach Aycock said how the rest of the campaign goes will be determined on how his teams handles this loss.
Steven Carrillo started on the mound for Dexter and worked 2 1/3 innings before hurting his ankle on a delivery. Nick Chamberlain came on to finish the third and fourth before Anthony Elfrink had a one-two-three fifth to close out the game.
Five of East Prairie's eight hits were banged out by Ryan Adams (3-for-3) and Danny Bright (2-for-2).
The win improves Dexter's overall record to 8-3 on the season. The Bearcats will put their 3-2 SEMO Conference record on the line today against the Jackson Indians at home. "We've got a big game against Jackson," Becker said, noting that Nolan Pixley will get the start on the mound. "If we can slip up on them and get a victory, it will put us back in the driver's seat as far as conference seedings."
PORTAGEVILLE -- Kelly held on to edge Portageville 12-11 in game, like many in the area, contested in high winds on Tuesday.
Kelly (4-3) opened a 9-3 lead after three innings of play.
"We got a little complacent with our lead," said Kelly coach Cory Johnson.
Portageville pulled to within 10-9 going into the top of the seventh before John Simpher's two-run homer gave the Hawks a little breathing room at 12-9. Simpher's homer proved to be even more, the game-winner, as the Bulldogs, aided by three Hawk errors, scored two in the bottom of the seventh.
Kent Deason (2-0) earned the win for Kelly with a route-going performance.
Deason allowed four earned runs on nine hits, walked two and struck out five.
Kelly rang up 11 hits, led by Deason (2-3, 1 RBI), Danny Wilson (3-4, 1 RBI), Simpher (3-4, 4 RBIs) and Blake Hooper (2-3, 2 RBIs).
Kelly visits Cape Central for a Semo Conference matchup today at 5 p.m.
SCOTT CITY -- New Madrid County Central's Lady Eagles battled back from an early deficit, then lost a 9-8 heartbreaker to Scott City on Tuesday.
After trailing for most of the contest, NMCC rallied to tie at 8 before the Lady Rams tallied the winning run in their last at-bat in regulation.
E. Kaufman picked up the win for Scott City and Katie Denton took the loss for NMCC (4-3). Denton went the distance, while allowing five earned runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
Megan Rinehart led the Lady Eagle offense with three hits. Autumn Walker and Heather Redd added one hit each. K. Hicks led Scott City with two hits.
EAST PRAIRIE - The East Prairie softball team improved to 6-3 on the season with a 3-2 victory against Greenville on Tuesday.
East Prairie's Lacey Tatum plated the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
Lydia Thomure was the winning pitcher, throwing seven innings and allowing two runs off two hits. She struck out seven and walked two.
Cynthia Cook led East Prairie with two hits, including a double and two RBIs.
Brittney Woodward was 1-3 with a double and Molly Triplett went 1-3 with a triple.
East Prairie will host Scott City on Thursday at 4 p.m.