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Charleston, Kelly advance; Scott Central, Bell City post upset wins

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

BENTON -- All of the top four seeds advanced to the semifinals of the Class 2, District 2 Baseball Tournament at Kelly High School on Monday.

However, the top two had some anxious moments.

No. 1 Charleston survived a scare in a 7-6 win over No. 8 Crystal City, while No. 2 Kelly just squeaked past No. 7 Grandview of Hillsboro 2-1.

In the other first-round games, St. Vincent of Perryville blanked Woodland 8-0 and Scott City shut out Valle Catholic of Ste. Genevieve 6-0.

Charleston jumped to a 6-0 first-inning lead, then held on. A fifth-inning run sent the Bluejays up 7-2, but Crystal City scored three in the sixth and another in the seventh before the game ended with the tying run at third base and the go-ahead run at second.

"I've said all along that they're not an eighth seed," said Charleston coach Chris Stanfield. "But this time of year, it doesn't matter how pretty it is. I credit my kids with hanging in there and I tip my hat to them (Crystal City)."

Travis McCann and Josh Marshall led the Bluejays with three and two hits, respectively.

Marcus Dixon (6-5) picked up the win with six innings of six-hit ball. He struck out four and walked three. McCann, who relieved in the seventh, earned his first save of the season.

Kelly 2, Grandview 1

John Simpher's bases-loaded single in the first inning plated two runs, all Kelly starter Trey Simmons needed.

Simmons pitched a two hitter in the complete-game victory, striking out three and walking two. Grandview's lone run was unearned.

Kendal Deason was the hit leader for Kelly with two, including a double.

Nausley was the hard-luck loser for Grandview.

Alex Armbruster tossed a two hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks in the Indians' win.

Guilliams, Buchheit and Brown paced the St. Vincent attack with two hits each.

Scott City rode the arm of Mark Johnston to its win over Valle.

Johnston scattered eight hits in seven innings and struck out three.

M. Schaefer went 2-for-3 with a RBI to lead the Rams' offense.

The semifinal round begins today with Kelly facing St. Vincent at 2 p.m. and Charleston meeting Scott City at 4 p.m.

ADVANCE -- Two romps, a huge upset and a mild one highlighted action in the first round of the Class 1, District 2 Baseball Tournament on Monday.

The defending champion Oran Eagles pounded No. 8-seed Richland in a run-rule romp.

Assisted by 10 Richland errors, Oran, the No. 1 seed, scored four runs in each of the first four innings.

Austin Dumey, the winning pitcher, and Paul Bucher combined on a one-hit shutout. Dumey was perfect in three innings, facing the minimum nine batters, with five strikeouts.

Bucher went two innings and issued the single Richland hit.

Matt Seyer, Trevor Irvin, Garrett Roslen and Bucher hammered two hits apiece for the Eagles. Bucher had a team-high four RBIs.

No. 6 Scott County Central upset No. 3 Chaffee to claim, according to a longtime coach, only its second district win in more than 30 years of competition.

"They haven't had a lot of success in baseball," said Advance's Bob Moses, the host coach, "but I was so impressed with how cohesive their kids were. They have great attitudes and are very respectful on the field. My compliments to their coaches."

Senior Daniel Holman pitched the win, going seven innings, allowing eight hits and striking out 10.

Scott County held a slim 3-2 lead through five innings, went up 6-2, then held off the Red Devils to improve to 6-5, their first above-.500 mark in recent memory.

"I'm beyond proud of these kids," said Scott Central coach Marty Vines.

Andrew Pullen led the Braves with three hits in four trips. Jeremy Johnson and Pershard Owens added RBI hits.

Alex Orr took the loss for Chaffee, while Brad Daugherty went 2-for-5 at the plate.

No. 2-seed Advance, with eight batters collecting two or more hits, rolled over No. 7 Delta in a five-inning mercy run-rule win.

The Hornets bounced back from a 1-0 first-inning deficit with 22 second-inning runs to take command.

Hornet starter Trenton Moses picked up the win with 2 1/3 innings of no-hit pitching.

Two relievers closed out the win, issuing two Delta hits. Leading the Advance hit parade were Jeremy Limbaugh (4-4), Moses (3-4), Rylan Dunivan (3-5), Aaron Abernathy (3-3), Josh Bailey (3-4), Daryl Wade (3-4), Jacob Daniel (2-5) and Alex Sample (2-4).

Cody Bailey hurled a four-hit shutout to lead the No. 5 Cubs past No. 4 Bernie in a mild upset.

A five-run second inning vaulted Bell City into early control, then Bailey and a solid defense fended off the opposition.

Eddie Green stroked two hits to lead the Bell City attack.

In semifinal action today, Oran tangles with Bell City at 2:30 p.m.

Then, at 4:30, Advance and Scott County Central meet.