(photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
Dexter (8-2) fell behind 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning when starter Geoff Mouser gave up three runs in 2/3 of an inning. He walked three, hit a batter and gave up a two-run home run before being pulled.
Dexter head coach Brian Becker went with sophomore hurler Nolan Pixley, who picked up the win in his first varsity action on the mound.
He threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts and no walks.
Justin Sanders relieved Pixley and threw a scoreless seventh inning to close out the game.
"I was really pleased with the way (Pixley) responded to that challenge," said Becker. "To come in when you're down 3-0, he really did a nice job. That's a big help when a sophomore can step up and get some big innings for you."
Dexter scored one run in the second and two more in the third inning to tie the score at 3-3.
The Bearcats took the lead for good in the fourth inning when Jon Guite stole home with two outs.
"East Prairie threw the Kaleb Thurman kid, and as a freshman he really stymied our bats at the beginning of the ballgame," said Becker. "We got down 3-0 and he kept us baffled. After we got down, I was proud of the way the kids scratched and clawed their way back into the game."
Dexter broke the game open in the sixth inning when Matt Burnett plated two runs with a single. Cody Boyer followed that up with a two-run double off the fence to make it 8-3. Then Eric Bowling plated two more runs with a single.
Dexter was led by Boyer (2-3, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs), Bowling (1-5, 2 RBIs), Pixley (2-3, RBI) and Burnett (2-4, 2 RBIs).
Dexter will host Jackson today at 4 p.m. in a big SEMO Conference game. The Bearcats are tied for the lead in conference play with a 4-1 record.
MARBLE HILL - The Chaffee Red Devils picked up a huge win against a district opponent on Tuesday, defeating Woodland 3-2 in 10 innings.
The Red Devils (7-4) scored in the top of the 10th when Andrew Horrell walked, stole second and stole third, and advanced home for the eventual winning run when the catcher made a bad throw to third.
"Andrew Horrell was the reason we were able to pull it out in the 10th," said Chaffee head coach Brian Horrell. "We had a lot of stolen bases today (7) and that was the only way we could put pressure on their defense. It paid off for us in the 10th inning."
Chaffee never could solve the pitching of Woodland's Kyle Long, who threw eight innings and struck out an incredible 16 batters. He allowed two runs (one earned) off six hits and two walks in getting the no-decision.
Vangennip got the tough luck loss, pitching two no-hit innings and allowing one unearned run. He struck out one and walked one.
Chaffee got a strong performance in its own right with Zac Horman. He threw nine innings, allowing two runs off six hits and no walks. He struck out eight batters to get the win.
Brent Thomason got the save, throwing a scoreless 10th inning, striking out two and walking one.
"It was a great pitched ballgame by both pitchers," said Horrell. "This was a district game and they're definitely going to be a team to be reckoned with. You've got to tip your hat to Kyle Long. He had a great performance."
Sam Burnett led Chaffee at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Chaffee will play Perryville in the Red Devil Classic on Friday at 5:45 p.m.
PORTAGEVILLE -- Kelly suffered its sixth loss of the season Tuesday, falling to Portageville, 3-0.
The Hawks were held to three hits.
"It was a game we really needed to win," said Kelly coach John Gant. "We put together a real good defensive game, but we just didn't have it offensively today. It's hard to win a baseball game when you can't hit the ball."
Portageville's Mark Mudd picked up the win. At the plate, Kyle Ezell led the Bulldogs with two hits.
Danny Scherer and Boatwright each contributed one.
Jason Kell pitched the first five innings for Kelly, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Chase Deason threw the final inning.
Kelly's three hits came from Drew Moore, Tyler Schlosser and Barry Ziegler. Moore also had three stolen bases.
"It was a bad loss for us," said Gant. "It was a game we should've and could've come out and won. Things just didn't go our way."
Kelly (2-6) will host South Pemiscot on Friday at 4 p.m.
MORLEY -- Oran had little trouble with Scott Central on Tuesday, shellacking the Braves 32-0 in five innings.
Ryne Wood pitched the first three innings for the Eagles, then Travis Nelson threw the final two. Neither allowed a hit and combined for 10 strikeouts with two walks.
The Eagles banged out 25 hits in the win.
At the plate, Garrett Roslen was 4-for-5 with three runs and five RBIs. Matt Seyer was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Matt Bucher was 3-for-5 with four runs and four RBIs. Joey Bickings was 2-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs.
Wood was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs. Nathan Seyer was 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs.
Tyler Cookson was 2-for-4 with four runs and one RBI. Trey Graviett was 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs. Nelson was 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs.
Dustin Eftink, Craig Friga and Brent Graviett also contributed hits.
Scott Central's Daniel Holman was charged with the loss. Oran (7-1) will host Advance today at 4 p.m.