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Four errors by the Bluejays cost a solid outing on the mound by Marcus Dixon, who threw all seven innings. Six of his seven allowed runs were unearned. He allowed 10 hits and one walk while striking out four.
"Marcus was awesome on the mound," said Charleston head coach Chris Stanfield. "If we play defense behind him then we win the game pretty easily. It's by far his best outing of the year. He gets our best assignments because he gives us our best chance when he's on the hill."
The Bluejays were led offensively by Paul Brown, who went 3-4 with an RBI. Rhett Thompson and Dixon each added two hits with an RBI.
A.H. Marshall and Travis McCann also collected two hits. Dustin Smoot had one hit with an RBI.
The Bluejays had 13 hits total, but Stanfield said his team isn't hitting well with runners in scoring position.
"After the first game, we've swung the bats well," said Stanfield. "Just sometimes we get in situations with runners in scoring position and we get a called strike or we don't get a good swing. We've got to learn to get that big clutch hit."
Kelly's Kendal Deason picked up the win, throwing six innings and allowing five runs off 13 hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Lee Ziegler pitched one scoreless inning in relief. He also led the team with three hits.
Todd Brucker, Major Burger and Frankie Staggs each collected two hits for the Hawks.
"We're making good strides, it's just a matter of learning how to finish games off," said Stanfield. "We need that one game where we can build our confidence. We're playing better and played good today other than a few errors early. We're starting to gain some confidence and it gets me excited for the upcoming weeks."
Charleston will play Bell City at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the East Prairie Invitational.
CHAFFEE - The Chaffee Red Devils baseball team won its second game in a row with a 14-1 win against Scott County Central on Thursday.
The Red Devils (5-4, 2-0 Scott-Mississippi Conference) got a complete game win out of Sam Burnett.
He threw five innings and allowed one run off one hit and two walks while striking out five.
Scott Central's Griffin took the loss.
Holman provided Scott Central's only run with an RBI-single.
Chaffee was led by Brandon Davis, who went 3-4 with four runs scored.
Ron Coomer went 2-2 with two RBIs.
Burnett and Zac Horman each had two hits.
"It's nice to come out and hit the ball well," said Chaffee head coach Brian Horrell. "We almost made it through and entire game without making an error but we made one with two outs in the fifth. Hopefully we can get this turned around by the time we play a tough Dexter team next Tuesday."
Chaffee will play at Dexter on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Dexter Bearcats suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Notre Dame Bulldogs on Thursday, falling 15-5 in five innings.
The Bearcats fell behind 5-1 early in the game but rallied to tie things up at 5-5 in the top of the fourth inning.
Notre Dame exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth to enforce the 10-run mercy rule.
"Once the floodgates opened there was nothing we could do to stop it it seemed like," said Dexter head coach Brian Becker. "Basically we just had two bad innings and we couldn't stop them. Pitching and defense has been the main thing responsible for our wins this year and we didn't do either one today. We had seven walks and three hit batsmen. When you do that against a good ball team, your chances of winning are not very good."
Willie Dooley took the loss in 2 1/3 innings of relief. He allowed six runs (four earned) off three hits and two walks.
Josh Miller started for Dexter, lasting just 1 2/3 innings.
Dexter was led by Brandon Miller's two hits and two RBIs. Others were Matt Burnett (1-3, run), Nolan Pixley (1-2, run, RBI) and Taylor Pyle (1-2, RBI).
Dexter (5-1, 1-1 SEMO Conference) will play at Sikeston on Monday at 4 p.m.
EAST PRAIRIE - The East Prairie Eagles bolted out to an 11-0 lead after one inning and the rout was on.
The Eagles had season highs in runs and hits (19) as they blew past Naylor 26-0 in five innings.
Lamar Holdiness led the way with four hits and three RBIs for the Eagles. Danny Bright followed up with three hits and an RBI.
Matt Boyer went 2-3 with a home run and two RBIs. Freshman Ryan Adams went 2-2 with two RBIs while Kaleb Thurman collected two hits.
"After the last couple games we've been struggling at the plate," said East Prairie head coach Jason Aycock. "We've had kids hitting during school and they try to come in whenever they have free time and hit. That's all we did Wednesday, was concentrating on batting. We wanted to shorten our swing up and just poke the ball. Once they did that, hitting became contagious and we just exploded. I was real proud of them. They did exactly what I asked them to do. Everybody on the team contributed. It was just a good day for us."
Joseph Thurmond picked up the win in two innings of work. Jacob Poore threw two hitless innings and Adam threw one inning.
The three combined to allow two hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
"Jacob has never thrown in a varsity baseball game," said Aycock. "He came in and did a fantastic job. He didn't give up a hit or a walk and he had two 1-2-3 innings. Ryan Adams is a freshman and he got some time on the mound. That's his second varsity appearance and both times he's done a good job."
East Prairie will host its own tournament on Saturday. They will play Meridian at noon.