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East Prairie takes thriller against Charelston, 3-2

Friday, April 2, 2004

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East Prairie hurler Ben Walters
EAST PRAIRIE - The East Prairie Eagles remained undefeated on the season with a thrilling 3-2 victory against arch rival Charleston on Thursday at East Prairie.

The Eagles rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to pull out the win. The Eagles (6-0) won the game when Josh Boyer walked to start off the bottom of the seventh tied at 2-2.

After stealing second, Boyer attempted to steal third, but the throw went into the outfield, allowing Boyer to come home with the winning run.

"I knew this was going to be a close game," said East Prairie coach Jason Aycock. "Any time we play Charleston it's a big emotional game. I told the kids we'd have to find a way to manufacture a run. Winning it like we did makes it even sweeter. I'm proud of my kids, they won with class today. Charleston has a great bunch of kids. Coach (Chris) Stanfield does a good job with them."

Charleston took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Travis McCann narrowly missed a three-run home run off the fence, but plated two runs with a double.

The Eagles managed to tie things up with a sacrifice fly by Preston Shoemaker.

After surrendering the initial two runs, East Prairie's Ben Walters settled down and threw the entire seven innings to pick up the win. He allowed two earned runs off six hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

"We knew at the beginning of the year Ben would be a good pitcher," said Aycock. "When Ben's on the mound the whole team has confidence. He's a great leader and he doesn't get down on himself. I new when they got those two runs right off the bat, I wasn't concerned because I knew Ben would come back."

Walters and Ryan Adams each had two hits. Danny Bright and Kaleb Thurman had the Eagles' other two hits.

Boyer scored two runs with an RBI while Shoemaker added one RBI.

Marcus Dixon was saddled with the loss in relief. He threw one inning and allowed the one unearned run. He struck out two and hit a batter.

Bluejay starter Rett Thompson got the no-decision in five innings of work. He allowed two runs (one earned) off five hits, one walk and one hit batter. He also struck out three.

Thompson, A.H. Marshall, Dixon, McCann, Stephen Hicks, Dustin McCann, Nathan Pullen and Brink Naile all had one hit each.

"It's one of the best high school games I've seen in a long while," said Stanfield. "The crowd was excited, the atmosphere was great. You've got to tip your hat to Ben. He threw a good ballgame. I thought Rett threw well too. East Prairie played a whale of a ballgame. I thought we played well too."

Charleston (1-3, 1-1 in Scott-Mississippi Conference) will play at Meridian on Monday at 4 p.m.

East Prairie (6-0, 1-0 Scott-Mississippi) will take a week off before playing at Delta at 4 p.m. on April 12.

CLARKTON -- The Bell City Cubs used a nine run second inning to roll past the Clarkton Reindeer 12-2 Thursday afternoon.

"We're just trying to get off to a good start right now," said Bell City coach Matt Asher whose club is 1-1 and playing without two of their starters. "We are playing eight new people right now and this is good for our freshmen and sophomores to get them out there and get them experience."

Clay Dover picked up the win for Bell City throwing two innings, giving up two runs while striking out four and walking three.

Mickey Minner went 3-for-3 on the day with two runs and an RBI while Kerry Lasters went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Garrett McIntyre also doubled while knocking in two runs and scoring two himself.

Bell City (1-1) will be back in action today at 4 p.m. when they host Richland.

* SOFTBALL

EAST PRAIRIE -- The East Prairie softball teamed scored early and often and disposed of Charleston 17-2 Thursday afternoon.

East Prairie scored six in the first and five in the second, leading Charleston 11-2 before finishing off the Lady Bluejays in the fourth with seven runs.

Lydia Thomure was the winning pitcher for East Prairie, pitching all four innings striking out two and giving up two runs.

Thomure also led the way at the plate going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Molly Tatum also collected three hits and an RBI while Tabitha Johnson and Jennifer McGee both had two hits on the day with McGee knocking in four run and Johnson one run.

"I am real proud of how well the girls are working together," said East Prairie coach Jerry Myrick. "The girls are working real hard to accomplish their goals."

East Prairie (3-2) will be in action again on Saturday when they play in the Doniphan tournament.

The East Prairie junior varsity also won Thursday, downing Charleston 6-2.

PORTAGEVILLE - The Portageville softball team got another stellar pitching performance out of freshman Deanna Deere to beat Malden 9-3.

Deere pitched seven innings and struck out 12 batters to pick up the win. She allowed three runs off two hits and four walks.

In four starts this year, Deere has struck out 15, 16, 14 and 12 batters.

"She pitched well today," said Portageville coach Michelle McRoberts. "She's making it easy for my infield, that's for sure. She's been hot." Deere also led the way o

ffensively, going 2-3 with a double. Nicole Branch and Morgan Lechenette each had one hit for Portageville. Casey Farmer added an RBI. Dana Christian was the losing pitcher for Malden.

Portageville (3-1) won't play again until April 13 when they at North Pemiscot at 4:30.