ORAN - Darkness spoiled New Madrid County Central's upset bid of Class 1 top-ranked Oran on Tuesday at Oran High School.
With the score tied at 3-3 in the ninth inning, the game was called when there wasn't enough light to finish things up.
It's unclear whether or not the game will be finished.
Trailing 3-2 in the top of the seventh, NMCC freshman Jordan Kimball ripped a one-out RBI-double to tie the score.
NMCC hurler Ben Stricklin threw all nine innings, totaling 145 pitches. He allowed three runs (one earned) off six hits. He struck out 11 but he walked nine.
Oran's Tyler Nelson started and threw 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) off four hits. He struck out five and walked one.
Trey Graviett threw the final 4 2/3 innings in relief, allowing one run off one hit. He struck out eight and walked five.
Graviett led the Eagles with two hits, including a double. Ryne Wood also had two hits with an RBI.
Nathan Seyer and Joey Bickings each collected one hit each.
Chris Nance, Josh King, Stricklin and Luke St. Mary each had one hit for the NMCC Eagles.
Oran will play at Forsyth, which is located approximately 10 miles from Branson, on Friday at 6 p.m.
BLOOMFIELD - The East Prairie Eagles dug too much of a hole as their seventh inning rally fell one run short.
Trailing 9-5, East Prairie (3-3) got a two-run home run from Danny Bright to cut the lead to 9-7.
The Eagles, which cut the lead to 9-8, left the tying and winning runs stranded on second and third base.
"I thought the kids did a great job of coming back," said East Prairie head coach Jason Aycock. "They showed a lot of class and a lot of character with the comeback. What we need to start doing is keeping the game close, that way in the last inning we've got a shot at it."
Bright led the Eagles with two hits and three RBIs. Matt Boyer went 2-4 with an RBI.
Ryan Gammons, Lamar Holdiness and Joseph Thurmond each had one hit with one RBI.
Ben Walters was the losing pitcher in relief, throwing 3 2/3 innings. He allowed eight runs off three hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Kaleb Thurman started and threw 3 1/3 innings, allowing no runs with one hit and six walks.
"I thought both of our pitchers had good efforts, but walks hurt them," said Aycock. "We're going to have to keep walks to a minimum. Our hitting has kind of gone into a slump. I think we'll jump out of it, but you just can't hardly win high school baseball with six hits a game. We're going to have to hit better to beat good teams."
The Eagles will host Naylor on Thursday at 4 p.m. East Prairie will host its own four-team invitational tournament on Saturday. Meridian, Ill., Bell City and Charleston will compete in the tourney.
CHAFFEE - Miscues in the field cost the Chaffee Red Devils again as the Jackson Indians pulled out a 5-0 SEMO Conference win on Tuesday at Chaffee.
Chaffee (2-4, 1-4 SEMO) committed eight errors in the game, leading to five unearned Jackson runs.
"The kids are really working hard trying to correct the problem," said Chaffee head coach Brian Horrell. "Sometimes you just need to forget about it and not dwell on it. Maybe we need to try that aspect. I think we'll work our way out of this, but right now it's hurting us."
Chaffee's Zac Horman threw six innings in taking the loss. He allowed five unearned runs off four hits and five walks while striking out five.
"He deserved a lot better fate than that," said Horrell of Horman. "Our pitching the last three outings has been good enough for us, but our defense is keeping us out of ballgames right now."
Jackson's Austin McDowell picked up the complete game win, allowing six hits and three walks with eight strikeouts.
Brandon Davis and Korey Chapman each had two hits for the Red Devils. Ryan Goetz and Sam Burnett each followed up with one hit.
Jackson was led by McDowell and Jake Carter with two hits each. Tyler Profilet added one hit.
PORTAGEVILLE -- Portageville posted another win over a traditionally-strong Bootheel power on Tuesday, beating Senath-Hornersville 9-3.
Danny Scherer picked up the complete-game win, allowing four hits and five walks with eight strikeouts.
"He threw well enough to win 1-0," said Portageville coach Lee Wallace. "We made four or five errors in the two innings where we allowed the runs. They were all unearned."
At the plate, Tyler Boatwright sparked Portageville's offense in the fourth inning with a two-run homer. He finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Spencer Martin also blasted a solo homer in the sixth inning. Andrew Deere was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Chris Bates was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Other hits came from Scherer, Lance Penn and Jordan Penn.
For Senath, Moore was charged with the loss.
"It's always big when you beat Senath," said Wallace. "This is a good win for us."