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East Prairie clinches first district title since 1995

Thursday, May 19, 2005

MALDEN -- The East Prairie Eagles captured their first district championship since 1995 as they knocked off top-seeded South Pemiscot 12-7 on Wednesday afternoon at Malden in Class 2, District 1.

The Eagles will play in a Class 2 Sectional game when they host the District 2 winner next Wednesday.

"I'm very pleased with the kids -- they deserve it and East Prairie deserves it," said East Prairie coach Jason Aycock. "They've worked very hard for this. They've got three goals, one of them was conference champ and the other was a district champ. They've accomplished that, but we've still got one more goal to achieve."

With the score tied at 5-5, East Prairie erupted for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to blow the game open.

"The top of the seventh inning says it all about the seniors and their leadership," said Aycock. "You can't have a good successful season without senior leaders. My hat's off to all of them. They got the rally going and led the charge."

East Prairie's Ben Walters was the winning pitcher in relief. He threw 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs off one hit and three walks while striking out three.

He took over for Preston Shoemaker, who started and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (two earned) off seven hits and four walks with four strikeouts.

East Prairie jumped out to a 2-0 lead which held up until South Pemiscot scored one in the bottom of the fourth.

East Prairie extended the lead to 5-1 off a Danny Bright three-run home run in the top of the fifth.

"His home run was real big," said Aycock. "That got the momentum going a little bit."

South Pemiscot scored two in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the bottom of the sixth to tie it at 5-5.

But the Eagles' seven run explosion erased any doubts of a comeback by the Bulldogs.

Bright led the charge with a 3-4 day at the plate, including five RBIs. Others were Hunter Jones (2-4), Shoemaker (1-3, RBI), Walters (2-4, RBI), William O'Guin (1-2), Zach Secoy (1-4, RBI), Caleb Hatton (1-4, 2 RBIs) and Tyler Branum (1-4).

CLASS 4, DISTRICT 1

FARMINGTON -- Jackson was led to the Class 4, District 1 championship Wednesday at Wilson-Rozier Park in Farmington by its veteran leaders.

Senior Tyler Beussink was the winning pitcher in the 8-2 victory against Poplar Bluff.

Senior Jason Meystedt cracked a home run that finally put the Indians on the board in the fourth inning.

And sophomore Rex Meyr came through with a two-out, bases-loaded triple in the fourth that broke a 1-1 tie and broke the game open.

"You think he's a sophomore, but he's not," Beussink said. "He plays like a senior, and we treat him like a senior. What a time for him to come up with that hit there."

That time was after Beussink had struck out with bases loaded for the second out, as top-seeded Jackson was nearly thwarted in a rally for the second consecutive inning.

But Meyr, the No. 9 hitter in the lineup who has been a starter at shortstop for two years, cracked a triple into left field that eluded a diving Skyler Holeman and rolled to the wall.

"We do have mostly seniors," Jackson coach Rex Crosnoe said, "but we have some young guys that stepped up with big hits as well."

Meyr came in to score when senior Derrick Biri bunted and slid under the attempted tag at first base. That capped a five-run inning that began with Meystedt's solo home run and put Jackson ahead 5-1.

"Oh man," Beussink said. "It's been since our freshman year since we won a district title."

Toby Carrig of the SEMO News Service contributed to this report.