SEMO News Service
BENTON - Caleb Daughhetee pitched a complete game and Kendal Deason collected three hits as the Kelly Hawks defeated the Dexter Bearcats 7-1 in SEMO Conference baseball action Wednesday afternoon.
Daughhetee was making his first start as a varsity pitcher and the junior scattered three hits over seven innings to pick up Kelly's first win of the season.
Deason found Bearcat pitching to his liking going 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBI. He also played a strong game from his short stop position as Kelly's defense played error-free ball to help Daughhetee pick up the win.
"I'll tell you what," Kelly coach Cory Johnson said after the game. "That's the first game he's pitched in his high school career and he did an excellent job. He came in and threw strikes and did what we needed him to do.
"We've got a pretty solid defense that we're comfortable with, so we ask him to come out here and throw strikes and let us make some plays for him and that's what he did," Johnson said. "You couldn't ask for a better effort."
Daughhetee, who was also 2-for-4 at the plate, issued just two walks and recorded three strikeouts as Kelly improved to 1-1 on the season with the win. Kelly had lost a 3-1 game at home to Poplar Bluff Tuesday.
Kelly blew open a 2-0 game with a five-run fourth inning, highlighted by a base-clearing single by Deason. Deason's single scored two and a third runner crossed the plate when he tried to advance to second but was thrown out.
Kelly's decisive inning was aided by three Dexter errors on infielders and a lead-off walk.
Kelly had taken a 2-0 lead in the third on Kendal Deason's RBI-single and a sacrifice fly by Kent Deason.
Dexter's lone score came in the sixth on a ground ball fielder's choice by Logan Swindle.
Dexter slipped to 0-2 on the season with the loss, and the problem for the Bearcats continues to be at the plate.
"Our hitting right now is really struggling," a disappointed Dexter coach Brian Becker said. "I'm hoping that one day we are just going to bust out, but you know, we've got a lot of work to do between now and our next game. Hopefully the guys will start to pick it up a little bit."
Nick Chamberlain took the loss on the mound for Dexter. Chamberlain was relieved by Michael Lambert in the fourth.
Dexter's varsity team will not be in action again until April 8 when the Bearcats will travel to Notre Dame.
The junior varsity Bearcats are scheduled to play at East Prairie Friday, then Dexter will host a round robin jayvee tournament Saturday.