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Webster grand slam pushes Dexter past Chaffee in SEMO Conference matchup

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

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Andrew Webster
DEXTER - The Dexter Bearcats baseball team rebounded from a close loss to Sikeston on Monday to defeat SEMO Conference foe Chaffee 11-4.

The Bearcats were leading just 7-4 in the fourth inning when Andrew Webster unloaded a grand slam to put the game away.

"We hit the ball hard today," said Dexter head coach Brian Becker. "They threw (Zac) Horman and he's a pretty good pitcher. We had some unexpected guys step up and hit the ball. Cale Williams was making his first start at DH and he did a good job. Andrew Webster's been struggling but he stepped up and hit a big grand slam for us."

Horman took the loss in four innings of work. He allowed 11 runs (six earned) off 10 hits. He struck out four and walked three. Sam Burnett threw two scoreless innings of relief.

"Zac's not as sharp as he was early in the year," said Chaffee head coach Brian Horrell. "He's making good pitches, but he's not hitting his location."

Dexter (6-2, 2-2 SEMO Conference) got a strong pitching performance from Josh Miller who struck out 14 batters in seven innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) off six hits and four walks.

"Josh Miller threw a good ballgame for us," said Becker. "He did a good job of mixing his pitches up and keeping their hitters off balance."

Miller also went 2-4 with two RBIs. Others were Justin Sanders (2-2, RBI), Cale Williams (2-3, RBI) and Willie Dooley (1-4, two RBIs).

The Red Devils (5-5, 2-5 SEMO) were once again let down by their defense as they committed five errors in the game.

"What's bothering me is we're making mental mistakes that don't show up in the box score," said Horrell. "We don't seem like our heads are in the game right now so we're going to have to correct that problem. I think if we fix the mental mistakes, our physical mistakes we take care of itself."

Chaffee was led offensively by Horman, who had a solo home run and Robert Coomer with an RBI-double.

Others were Brandon Davis (1-3), James Reischman (1-4), Korey Chapman (1-3) and Steven Menz (1-3).

Dexter will play at Twin Rivers today at 4:15 p.m.

Chaffee will play at Portageville on Monday at 4 p.m.

ADVANCE - The Bell City Cubs picked up a big Stoddard County Conference road win on Tuesday with a 9-6 victory against Advance.

With the score tied at 6-6 in the top of the sixth, Bell City's Ryan Hubbard cleared the bases with a triple which proved to be the game-winning hit.

"It's a big win for conference and district implications," said Bell City head coach Matt Asher. "Our district is pretty loaded this year. It's always good to pick up a conference win. Advance is a good team and Eric O'Hare is a good pitcher."

Bell City took a 4-0 lead early when Blaine Stewart connected for a three-run double with two outs in the first.

Advance was able to tie the score at 6-6 in the fifth inning.

Bell City's Ben Duncan picked up the win, throwing four innings in relief. He allowed two runs off four hits while striking out four.

Darrell Bailey started and threw three innings. He allowed four runs off five hits with two strikeouts.

"I thought Ben Duncan did a good job of closing everything down," said Asher.

The Cubs (4-2, 2-0 conference) were led by Jack Daniels with two hits, including a double and two runs. Bell City will host Scott County Central today at 4 p.m.

EAST PRAIRIE - The East Prairie Eagles saw both ends of the spectrum on Tuesday.

After getting pummeled by Charleston 18-3 in six innings, the Eagles came back in their second game to defeat Scott County Central 16-6 in five innings.

"After Charleston, the kids were pretty down," said East Prairie head coach Jason Aycock. "So it was a good game to have. The kids bounced back and performed well so that's a big plus for us. They showed a lot of guts after a loss like that and they got us back on track. Hopefully this will carry over to New Madrid tomorrow."

The Eagles (8-4, 1-1 Scott-Mississippi) will play at NMCC today at 4 p.m.

Jacob Poore got the win in two innings of work against Scott Central.

Hitters for the Eagles were Ben Walters (3-4, 3 RBIs), Matt Boyer (2-4, RBI), Poore (2-2, RBI), Ryan Adams (2-3, 2 RBIs), Danny Bright (1-2, 2 RBIs), Lamar Holdiness (1-2) and Ryan Gammons (1-3, RBI).

Against Charleston, Walters took the loss, throwing all six innings. He allowed 18 runs (14 earned) off 15 hits. He struck out three and walked three.

Marcus Dixon picked up the win for the Bluejays, throwing six innings and allowing three runs off four hits and four walks while striking out five.

Boyer, Hunter Jones, Joseph Thurmond and Adams each had one hit for the Eagles. Boyer and Adams each had one RBI.

Charleston was led by Paul Brown's four hits and four RBIs. Others were Dustin Smoot (2-4, 3 RBIs), Ford (2-3, 2 RBIs), A.H. Marshall (2-5, RBI), Rhett Thompson (2-5, RBI) and Josh Marshall (3-4, RBI).

"They came out with their bats ready," said Aycock of Charleston. "They were stinging the ball on us. It just seemed like anything we threw up there they hit. My hat's off to them. We couldn't stop them."

PORTAGEVILLE - The Bulldogs offense took the day off as they lost to Gideon 5-3 on Tuesday.

Portageville stranded nine base runners, including six in the first three innings and it came back to haunt them.

"I think that's the first time Gideon has beaten us in a while," said Portageville head coach Lee Wallace. "They were enthusiastic about it. Basically they made plays and we made mistakes and they made us pay for it. They took care of business and we didn't."

Portageville's (4-3) Danny Scherer took the loss, throwing five innings and allowing two runs off three hits. He walked four, hit three batters and struck out eight.

Andrew Deere threw two innings, allowing three runs off three hits. He struck out four and hit one batter.

The Bulldogs were led by Jordan Penn's solo home run. Others were Spencer Martin (1-3), Deere (1-4, run), Lance Penn (1-2) and Kyle Ezell (1-3, run).

"It was one of those soul searching games," said Wallace. "I made some accusations that we were going through the motions and we weren't trying to get better. It's time to tighten up our belts. We've got a good bunch of ninth graders and I just told them that I'm going to play my best nine no matter what."

Portageville will play at Dyersburg, Tenn., today at 4 p.m.

ORAN - The No. 1 ranked Oran Eagles smashed Oak Ridge 28-1 on Tuesday in a game that was stopped in five innings due to the mercy rule.

Ryne Wood got the win in four innings of work. He allowed one unearned run off one hit. He struck out one and walked one.

Wood helped his own cause with two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs.

Austin Dumey threw one scoreless inning in relief.

The Eagles got a grand slam and an RBI-double out of Tyler Nelson.

Trey Graviett went 3-3 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs.

Others were Nathan Seyer (2-4, 2B, 3 RBIs), Matt Seyer (2-3, 2B) and Garrett Roslen (3-4, 3B, RBI).