"Charleston has two outstanding players," said Sikeston coach Brian James. "(Blake) Branum and (Derek) Hoppe have been good players in previous years and they've both gotten better. I think Marc (Leible) found out today that there are other good players around in the area. I think today was a sort of eye opener for him. He'll bounce back. Sometimes you've got to lose a match to learn what you can improve upon. He dug himself a little hole and couldn't come back."
Here are the results from Thursday's match.
1. Marc Leible lost to Blake Branum, 5-8
2. Derek Hoppe def. Chris Matthews, 8-1
3. Grant Ingram def. David Holley, 8-1
4. Logan Hampton def. Daniel White, 8-1
5. Clayton Matthews def. Josh Patrick, 8-0
6. Charlie Jones def. Corey Newton, 8-1
Leible/Chris Matthews lost to Branum/Hoppe 3-8
Ingram/Hampton def. Holley/White, 8-1
Clayton Matthews/Jones def. Patrick/Newton, 8-0
"I thought Chris played a good match, much better than the score showed," said James. "He would get to a certain point in about every game and just couldn't get the big points.
"Overall, I thought my guys played well today. Some of them got a much needed win after struggling the past couple of times out. I saw some much more consistent efforts today and hopefully we can continue with that."
Sikeston will play at Cape Central on Tuesday.
CHAFFEE -- Dexter, designated as the home team, defeated Chaffee 10-0 in a make-up game played at Chaffee on Thursday.
A porous Red Devil defense accounted for seven unearned runs.
"We're just not catching the ball," said Chaffee coach Brian Horrell, whose team committed four errors.
Losing pitcher Steven Dooley went 4 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits with one strikeout and five walks.
Chaffee (1-6) managed five hits off winning Dexter hurler Nick Chamberlain (1-2), who struck out five and walked two.
Chris Hanback, Augie Orr, Jesse Gettings, Jeremy Penrose and Dooley split the Red Devils' hits.
Austin Matthews and Anthony Elfrink led the Bearcat offense with two hits apiece.
Chaffee hosts Scott County Central today at 4 p.m.
ORAN -- Oran won its third straight to improve to 6-1 with a 9-1 victory over Scott City on Thursday.
The Eagles exploded for six runs in the sixth to break open a tight ballgame. Winning pitcher Chase Seyer (2-1) allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out seven, walking two and hitting two batters in a seven-inning complete-game performance.
Scott City's Mark Johnston took the loss, giving up three earned runs with seven strikeouts and three walks in five innings. Reliever Ryan Eskew was charged with six runs, none earned, on three hits with one strikeout and one walk.
Leading Oran's 10-hit offense, Trevor Irwin was 2-for-4 with a RBI, Caleb Seyer 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Austin Dumey 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Oran hosts Saxony Lutheran today at 4 p.m.
NEW MADRID -- Ben Walters' two-run double in the top of the sixth inning provided the game-winning runs in East Prairie's 4-3 win over New Madrid County Central on Thursday.
The score was tied at 2 when Walters ripped his bases-loaded double. East Prairie's record remained unblemished at 6-0, while NMCC fell to 1-2.
Walters (3-0), also the winning pitcher, scattered 11 hits, allowed two earned runs, struck out six and walked three in a complete-game effort. The East Prairie defense turned three double plays.
"Defense was the key to this game," said East Prairie coach Jason Aycock.
Walters' mound counterpart, Jordan Kimball, was equally effective. Kimball went the distance, allowing five hits with 14 strikeouts and nine walks.
Kimball, Pruitt and Patterson led NMCC with two hits each.
Walters was East Prairie's hit leader with two. Preston Shoemaker, Danny Bright and Taylor White added one hit apiece. William O'Guin drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs battled perennial SEMO Conference power Poplar Bluff to a scoreless tie on Thursday.
Sikeston (3-3-1, 0-1-1), with eight freshmen starters, played the entire 100-
minute match using only three substitutes.
"I thought our whole team put a great effort out there today," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "We only used three subs and playing 100 minutes takes a lot out of your body, but the girls never quit.
"To play a team of that caliber toe-to-toe says a lot. I have to tip my hat to the defense. They stepped up and shut down their two all-state players, Samantha Gaines and Kristin Ploetze."
Audra Wooley, Sikeston's goalkeeper, saved 22 shots. Poplar Bluff's Ashley Burke stopped 17.
Sikeston faces a huge test with five games in five days, starting with the Carbondale Tournament at 9 p.m. today.
SIKESTON - The Bulldogs improved 10 strokes on Thursday to beat Kennett 162-167.
"We knew that Kennett team has been doing well this year, so to beat them now was a big win," said Sikeston coach Rick Oetting. "After beating Notre Dame, Jackson and Kennett this week we are feeling better about the district meet in two weeks."
Atchison and Schaefer both shot 39 while teammates Butler and Hagen each shot 42.
"This is the best team effort for the season," said Oetting. "Our other varsity members, Hess and Oetting improved there scores this week too. If all comes together during the next two weeks we could look good at a run for the district title."