(David Jenkins, Staff)
The Sikeston track and field team swept the Dexter Bearcats on Wednesday at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium.
The boys team thrashed the Bearcats 136-18 while the girls prevailed 87-59.
Even with the lopsided scores, Sikeston track coach Jerry Dement wasn't overly excited about his team's performances.
"Our kids can't be satisfied with winning, they need to be satisfied with improving," said Dement. "We were still on spring break mentally and we weren't very focused. They need to race against the clock and try to beat their marks in the field events instead of being satisfied with where they finish in the race. We need to be more competitive among ourselves."
Sikeston's boys took first in every single event except for the 400 meter dash. The girls placed in every event except for two.
"We're too satisfied with what we've done so far," said Dement. "But we need to work to improve every day for the month of May. I need some leadership on both the boys and girls side to step up and help the coaching staff keep the team focused."
Sikeston will compete in the Cape Relays at Southeast Missouri State University's Abe Stuber Track Complex on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Bulldogs will compete in the Poplar Bluff Invitational next Friday. Sikeston will host the SEMO North Conference championship on May 4.
Find all of Sikeston's placers in the scoreboard on page 8.
* VARSITY BASEBALL
Charleston 21, Scott Central 0
CHARLESTON - Charleston's baseball team jumped back on the winning track Wednesday afternoon, hammering Scott Central 21-0 in five innings.
"We got some young kids in early," explained Charleston head coach Brent Anderson. "Those guys saw some time at the beginning of the year, but they haven't seen much as of late. They came through with some nice hits and some good plays in the field. It was a pretty good game overall for us."
Nathan Humphrey picked up the win, throwing all five innings. He allowed one hit and three walks with eight strikeouts.
At the plate, Bobby Morgan was 2-for-2. Humphrey and Lezcano Dean were both 2-for-3.
"Like I tell the kids, we can't take anybody lightly," said Anderson. "We're not a powerhouse ourselves. We're trying to work our way up that ladder. We have to get out and get after people, and we really did that. In the bottom of the first we got nine, then got 11 in the second."
Charleston (6-7) will travel to Puxico today for a 4 p.m. game.
Oran 13, Advance 1
ADVANCE - Oran's recent offensive production carried into Wednesday's game against Advance, as the Eagles pulled out a 13-1 win.
Since losing to Charleston on April 6, Oran has outscored its opponents 40-2 over the last three games.
Adam Friga pitched the first four innings for the Eagles, allowing one earned run on one hit, one walk, and one hit batter. He took 11 men down via strikeout.
Garrett Cook came on in relief and pitched the final two frames, giving up one hit and one walks with a strikeout.
At the plate, Nathan Seyer led the charge, batting 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ryne Wood was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, and Trey Graviett was 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Other hits came from Friga, Cook, Matt Bucher and Matt Seyer.
Advance's Adam Rainey was charged with the loss. He and Cain Kelly accounted for the Hornets' two hits.
Oran (7-1) will be back in action this Friday, playing Scott City in the first round of the Red Devil Classic at 4:15 p.m. The game will be played at Scott City.
Jackson 10, Dexter 0
JACKSON - Dexter dropped its third SEMO Conference game Wednesday, falling to Jackson, 10-0 in five innings.
Jason Brown threw a two-hit, complete game shutout for the Indians in the win.
"That's the best game that Jason has thrown," said Jackson head coach Sam Sides. "He's pitched sporadic at times. He's got pretty good stuff if he can throw it across the plate and that's what he did today."
Eric Bowling was charged with the loss, balking twice in 3 1/3 innings on the hill. He allowed nine runs on five hits and six walks.
Mack Taylor threw the rest of the game, giving up three hits and one walk.
Matt Burnett and Josh Lilly had Dexter's only two hits. Brown led Jackson, batting 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Brian Bess and Nic Smith did not play for Dexter.
Jackson improves to 5-7 with the win. Dexter (6-5) will travel to Notre Dame today at 4 p.m.
* VARSITY SOFTBALL
Kelly 3, Poplar Bluff 1
POPLAR BLUFF - Kelly's softball team squeaked past Poplar Bluff on Wednesday, defeating the Lady Mules 3-1 in eight innings with the International tiebreaker option.
"It was a pitcher's game," said Kelly head coach Melanie Heuring. "There were a couple of inning where we left runners stranded, but we got the runs when we needed them most."
With the game tied 1-1 after the seventh, both coaches decided to use the tiebreaker option to expedite the process. Kelly's last batter of the seventh inning was Monica Senciboy, and she was placed on second base in the top of the eighth to start the inning.
Sara Essner came through with a single, then Natalie Lewer drove in Senciboy to give the Lady Hawks the lead. Dana Essner then drove in Sara Essner to give Kelly an insurance run.
Poplar Bluff didn't score in the bottom of the frame, giving Kelly the victory.
Junior Natalie Lewer pitched all eight innings for the Lady Hawks, allowing the one run on one hit while recording 10 strikeouts.
"I couldn't ask for anything more than what Natalie gave us," said Heuring.
Kelly finished with five hits from Sara Essner, Lewer, Dana Essner, Ashley Rockett, and Bethany Beggs. Poplar Bluff's Pennington was charged with the loss. Patty recorded their only hit.
Kelly (6-1) will host Dongola today at 4 p.m.
Charleston 15, Scott Central 0
CHARLESTON - Charleston's softball team took down Scott County Central in three innings Wednesday, 15-0.
"It was nice to get everybody some playing time, and try different people at different positions," said Charleston coach Randy Allstun. "There wasn't a whole lot of chances for our defense to do anything, but I was pleased with the way we hit the ball."
Sarah Duenne pitched the first two innings for Charleston, then Sarah Dugan came in to close the deal.
Charleston (4-6) will travel to Puxico today for a double header.
"We're hoping to be 6-6 after tomorrow night," said Allstun.
* VARSITY GOLF
DEXTER - Cape Central's golf team won Dexter's triangular at Hidden Trails Country Club on Wednesday, firing a 164 to beat Dexter (165) and New Madrid County Central (195).
Dexter's Chad Gill and Cape Central's Todd Obergoenner tied for low medalist honors, each firing a 39.
Cape also saw scores from Nick Harter (40), Luke Oliver (42), and Paul Yorke (43). Dexter's other three scores came from Brett Hale (40), Ryan Jackson (42), and Matt Vancil (44).
NMCC saw scores from Everett Gee (43), Kyle Denton (49), Shane Grissom (51), and Trey Edwards (52).