With a combination of speed and power, Kelly opened up a close game in the fifth and scored nine runs in the inning, to put away the host Eagles. In the contest the Hawks stole 10 bases and hit all four of their home runs in the fifth inning.
With the game tied 3-3 and one out in the top of the fifth inning, Brandon Ayers doubled and John Simpher followed with a 2-run homer that cleared the center field fence.
The next two batters for Kelly walked and reached on an error. Russell Carroll singled and drove in a run. Dallas Tew followed with a 2-run home run blast of his own to put the Hawks up 9-3.
Stephen Strobel singled after the Tew homer and scored on a 2-run shot by starting pitcher Caleb Daughhetee. Kelly increased the lead to 11-3.
Ayers made it back-to-back homers for the Hawks with a solo shot to end the Kelly rally at nine runs in the fifth. After five innings, the Hawks led 12-3 and were never challenged afterwards.
"Our team the last couple of weeks," said Kelly head coach Cory Johnson, "has focused on being more aggressive at the plate. Instead of waiting on a perfect pitch, the guys are looking for fastballs and are taking healthy cuts."
The game started well for the Eagles, as leadoff hitter Hunter Jones reached base by getting hit by a pitch from Daughhetee. Zach Secoy followed with a 2-run homer over the center field fence to put East Prairie ahead with the early 2-0 lead after one inning.
Kelly responded with two runs in the top of the second. Tew drove in Taylor James with a two out single. Strobel drove in Tew with an RBI single, after Tew had gotten into scoring position with a steal of second base.
The Hawks jumped ahead in the top of the third with an unearned run. Daughhetee singled to open the frame, stole second and scored on a throwing error by the Eagles shortstop who tried to throw out a Hawk runner at first.
East Prairie tied the game at three in the bottom of the fourth. Caleb Hatton started a two out rally for the Eagles, by reaching base on an error. Perry Lucas followed with a single and Mitchell Aters drove in Hatton with a RBI single.
Several factors played into the big fifth inning for the Hawks. First, East Prairie starting pitcher Zach Secoy left the game to begin the fourth inning due to shoulder stiffness.
Second and probably the most important for Kelly hitters, was the fact that a 20 mph northerly wind was blowing straight out to center field. All four homers hit by the Hawks in the fifth, went out in center field.
"We were put in a pretty tough place when Secoy left the game," said East Prairie head coach Gary Scott. "But give Kelly all the credit, they hit the ball well and deserved the win. The big fifth inning just did us in and we couldn't recover."
Daughhetee, Ayers, Simpher, Carroll, Tew and Strobel all had two hits apiece for Kelly. Tew led the team in RBIs with three. Daughhetee and Simpher each drove in two runs for the Hawks.
"We put the ball in play today and made East Prairie make the play," said Johnson. "Our guys put the bat on the ball, usually when that happens good things can occur. Happy with the win and we look forward to the (SEMO) conference tournament."
Daughhetee picked up the win with the complete game for the Eagles. Daughhetee scattered seven hits, walked two and struckout one Eagle batter.
Aters led the offensive attack for the Eagles with two hits. Secoy led East Prairie with 2 RBIs.
Tyler Branam got the loss for the Eagles going 1 2/3 innings allowed seven runs, five hits, struckout one and walked two.
Kelly (10-6) travels to Sikeston on Thursday at 4 p.m. to take on the Bulldogs in the first round of the SEMO Conference Tournament.
East Prairie (7-7) host Scott County Central today at 4 p.m.
Kelly 15, East Prairie 5
WP - Caleb Daughhetee
LP - Tyler Branam
HR - John Simpher (K), Dallas Tew (K), Daughhetee (K), Brandon Ayers (K), Zach Secoy (EP).
2B - Ayers (K). Multiple hitters - Kelly: Tew 2-3, Ayers 2-3, Stephen Strobel 2-4, Russell Caroll 2-4, Simpher 2-4, Daughhetee 2-4. East Prairie: Mitchell Aters 2-3.
Records - Kelly 10-6, East Prairie 7-7.