SIKESTON -- The Sikeston tennis team improved to 9-2 on the season with a 7-2 victory against Charleston on Monday at Sikeston High School.
Sikeston's doubles team of Clayton Matthews and Sam Zhao defeated Charleston's state qualifying doubles team of Derek Hoppe and Blake Branum in a great doubles match, 9-7.
"Clay and Sam had a nice win against Hoppe and Branum," said Sikeston coach Brian James. "Those two have been the best doubles team in the area for two years and Clay and Sam played a great match against them. Overall, I think we've played our best tennis of the year the past week or so. I was kind of skeptical a couple of weeks ago--I didn't think we were playing as good as we were capable of playing, but I've liked what I've seen the past four or five matches or so. Hopefully, we'll continue to improve and play our best next week at the district tournament."
Sikeston will host Dexter today at 4 p.m.
Here are the results from Monday's matches.
1. Chris Matthews lost to Derek Hoppe, 3-8
2. Logan Hampton lost to Blake Branum, 1-8
3. Clayton Matthews def. David Holley, 8-4
4. Sam Zhao def. Daniel Barnes, 8-1
5. Justin Deere, def. Daniel White, 8-3
6. Andrew Powell def. Corey Newton, 8-0
Clay Matthews/Zhao def. Hoppe/Branum, 9-7
Charlie Jones/Powell def. Holley/Barnes, 9-7
Chris Matthews/Hampton def. White/Newton, 8-2
CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Bluejays defeated district foe Woodland 13-7 on Monday at Charleston.
Charleston improved to 7-11 overall, 1-2 in the district.
Winning pitcher Billy Butler went the distance for the Bluejays, giving up seven runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits with five strikeouts and three walks in seven innings.
Tommy Starr went 3-for-5 with a RBI to lead Charleston's 15-hit offense.
John Robert Goodin (2-4, RBI), Paul Johnson (2-2), Tyler McCann (2-2, RBI) and Garrison Eastman (1-1, three RBIs) were other top producers.
"By far, this was the best we've swung the bats all year," said Charleston coach Chris Stanfield.
Charleston hosts Advance today at 4 p.m.
Lucas Dirnberger had not pitched more than 10 innings the entire season as he made the start for Notre Dame in the third-place game of the SEMO Conference tournament Monday at Central.
Dirnberger looked right at home on the mound, holding Kennett hitless over 6 1/3 innings in a 6-1 win. "I kind of want to be that third starter," Dirnberger said. "I felt like I had to be up there. Throwing strikes was a big key."
Third-seeded Kennett (12-4) looked clueless against the senior lefty, hitting lazy fly balls all day. The Indians failed to hit a ball hard until the sixth inning, and Dirnberger struck out seven against three walks.
Notre Dame coach Jeff Graviett said Dirnberger's stuff has been impressive, but control has held him back.
"Lucas is a kid you go look at him throw in the bullpen and you think, 'Wow, what do we have here?'" Graviett said.
The Bulldogs, seeded fourth, scored two runs in both the first and second innings.
Notre Dame's first three hitters singled in the first, when eight Bulldogs went to the plate.
Notre Dame added three more hits in the second, scoring two runs on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from Shane Menz.
"That was a big confidence boost, everyone stroking the ball like that," Dirnberger said. "That lets a pitcher sit back and throw strikes."
In the fifth inning, Menz ranged far to his left to field a grounder from his third base position to preserve the no-hitter.
The Indians hit a liner to left-center with two outs in the sixth, but the Bulldogs' center fielder was positioned perfectly for the catch.
Dirnberger said he was not aware of the no-hitter until the fifth inning, when he took a look at the scoreboard.
Dirnberger struck out the first batter in the seventh.
He then had Jared Hughes behind in the count, but Hughes roped a double to left-center to break up the no-hit bid.
Robert Lockett also ended the shutout with a two-out bloop single down the left-field line.
Abe Dirnberger led Notre Dame's 11-hit attack with three hits and two RBIs. Jordan Buchheit added two hits.
With two weeks left until the district playoffs, playing three games in four days in the conference tournament should be a good tuneup for the Bulldogs. Graviett said his three starters in the conference tournament -- Kirk Boeller, Anthony Wulfers and Lucas Dirnberger -- could be the three used in the district tournament. That idea sits well with Dirnberger.
"I really want to be up there with our top three pitchers," Dirnberger said. "I think that's where I'm the strongest, off the starts when I know it's my game."
In the fifth-place game, Jackson used three pitchers to combine for a no-
hitter in a win over the eighth-seeded Mules at Central.
Jackson, seeded fifth, got three innings from starter Logan Lawson, two from Geoff Enders and one inning from Cameron Heath. Jackson pitchers struck out seven and walked just one.
Rex Meyr and Heath had two hits apiece in the win. The Indians finished off No. 2 New Madrid County Central 10-6 earlier in the day at Central in a continuation of Saturday's suspended consolation game.
Bret Groening pitched five innings for the win, and Lawson pitched the final two for the save. Groening added three hits and four RBIs at the plate. Meyr had two hits.
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|--||6||6||2 WP -- Bret Groening. LP -- Sullinger. HR -- Pruitt (N). 2B -- Luke Crader (J), Rex Meyr 2 (J), Groening 2 (J), Austin Leimer (J). Multiple hits -- Jackson, Groening 3-3; Meyr 2-5; New Madrid, Harris 2-4; Pruitt 2-4. Records -- Jackson 9-8.|