(photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
"The boys came out again and gave a strong defensive effort," said Kelly coach John Gant. "Defense won this game for us. We looked real clean in the field, just like we have been in the last few games. Like I always tell the kids, the team that makes the least amount of mistakes in high school baseball typically wins. We made the least amount today."
Garrett Stricker was solid on the hill for Kelly, allowing two earned runs on nine hits and two walks. He had two strikeouts.
"Stricker had a real good showing," said Gant. "He got hit a little bit, but the defense was behind him. I'm really happy with the kids. They're starting to play like I always knew they could."
At the plate, Tyler Schlosser was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Barry Zeigler was 1-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Chase Deason was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a sacrifice fly, and Kendall Deason was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Stricker and Simmons also had hits.
Oran's Trey Graviett was charged with the loss. In seven innings, he allowed two earned runs on six hits and five walks with nine strikeouts.
The Eagles finished with nine hits. Tyler Cookson was 2-for-3 with a home run in the third inning. Matt Seyer was 2-for-3 with a run and Nathan Seyer was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ryne Wood, Graviett and Matt Bucher also contributed hits.
Oran (9-4) will travel to NMCC today at 4 p.m. while Kelly (7-7) plays host to Sikeston.
CHAFFEE - The Chaffee Red Devil baseball team improved to 10-6 on the season with a 5-1 victory against Scott-Mississippi Conference foe Charleston on Monday at Harmon Field.
Chaffee also is undefeated in league play at 4-0.
Charleston falls to 8-8 on the season.
Chaffee built a 5-0 lead before Charleston scored its only run in the top of the seventh inning.
Chase Eskew picked up the win, throwing four innings and allowing two hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Brent Thomason finished things up, throwing three innings and allowing an unearned run off two hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
"I thought we had pretty good pitching today," said Chaffee head coach Brian Horrell. "I thought they looked pretty good. They haven't gotten as much work as I'd like them to. They've got to really work harder on hitting their spots and cutting down on those walks."
Charleston's Marcus Dixon took the loss, throwing all six innings and allowing five runs off nine hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
Dustin Smoot and Travis McCann led the Bluejays offensively, going 2-4 and 2-3 with two doubles respectively.
"They're a very young team," said Horrell. "They're 8-8 and they're winning ballgames this year. They played a pretty solid game and made us work for everything we got. They've got a nice coaching staff assembled down there. You give them a few years and they could be pretty tough."
Chaffee was led by James Reischman and Brandon Davis with two hits each. Reischman had a triple and a run and Davis added a run.
Others were Andrew Horrell (1-4, run), Zac Horman (1-4, 2B), Thomason (1-3), Sam Burnett (1-3), Derrick Uhrahan (1-3), Robert Coomer (run) and Eskew (run).
"Our defense is finally getting to where I'd like it to be," said Horrell. "Pitching and great defense will take you a long way. Offensively we're going to have to pick it up a little bit. But when you have pitching and defense you can win games. But we'd also like to hit some."
Chaffee will play at South Pemiscot today at 4:30 p.m.
EAST PRAIRIE - The New Madrid County Central Eagles came from behind to defeat East Prairie on Monday 13-5.
The Eagles (5-4) fell behind 4-0 in the first inning to East Prairie but they rallied with three runs in the second and two more in the third inning to lead 5-4.
East Prairie cut the lead to 7-5 heading into the fifth inning by the Eagles scored six runs over the final three innings to put the game away.
Chris Nance started for the Eagles but failed to record an out in the first inning.
Ben Stricklin then entered the game and picked up the win, throwing seven innings and allowing a run off four hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
"(Nance) was struggling, I really wanted him to get some innings," said NMCC head coach John Jones. "He was kind of wild and had the bases loaded before we knew it. I had to make a switch and Stricklin responded. He had a whale of a ballgame. That was a gutsy performance by that young man. He gave us a chance and we just kept plugging away."
NMCC was led by Zach Dees' four hits with two runs. Tyler Wagner went 2-5 with three RBIs and Stricklin helped his own cause by going 2-5 with two RBIs.
Others were Matthew Snider (2-5, run), Jake Kimball (1-5, 2 runs), Scott Allen (3-5, 3 runs), Josh King (1-3, run) and Ben Pyles (1-2, 2 runs).
"The bottom half of our lineup today showed up," said Jones. "All the kids hit the ball hard but some were right at people. We had quite a few doubles and we were running the bases extremely well."
The Eagles have also played some solid defense the last few games.
"The last two ballgames we've played 14 innings and have only had three errors," said Jones. "If we can keep the errors down then we can have a good showing in the (SEMO Conference) tournament. I think we're starting to come together. Hopefully we can continue to improve with the tournament coming up."
NMCC will host Oran today at 4 p.m.
The Eagles defeated Poplar Bluff on Saturday 2-1.
Jake Kimball's first inning two-run home run proved to be the difference in the game.
"If Jake sees the ball early, he's going to have a huge game," said Jones. "He went down low and got it and it looked like a nine iron swing. There was no doubt about it when he hit it. He's got a lot of upper body strength and a lot of power."
The game ended in dramatic fashion as the Mules had the bases loaded with nobody out in the seventh inning.
After pitcher Mark Adam Wade struck out one batter, he got another to fly to centerfield.
With the Poplar Bluff player tagging at third, centerfielder Brian Murph tried to gun him out but Wade cut off the throw to get the runner hung up between home and third.
Wade then threw it to Snider at third, who ran down the runner before tossing to catcher Jeffrey Hunter who applied the tag to end the game on a double play.
Wade got the win, throwing the final four innings in relief. He allowed one run off two hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
Kimball threw the first three innings, allowing two walks with three strikeouts.
ESSEX - The Richland Rebels fell to 0-8 on the season with a 13-2 loss to Delta on Monday.
James Wheeler took the loss for Richland.
The Rebels were led offensively by Larry Tilley's three hits and Jordan Kettles' two hits.
The Bobcats broke the game open in the seventh inning with eight runs off reliever Tilley.
Richland had the score tied 2-2 in the fourth inning but the Bobcats came back with three runs in the fifth to take the lead for good.
Lance Kinder went 4-4 for Delta (2-8).