Senior lefty Derrick Chamberlain pitched a complete game shutout for the Bearcats and held the powerful hitting Eagle lineup to only four hits. David Hessling supplied all the offense Dexter would need by going 2-for-3 with a home run and three runs driven in.
"With the wind blowing out and playing them at Oran," said Dexter head coach Brian Becker, "Chamberlain did a nice job. To hold this team to zero runs and four hits, you just cannot say enough about the job Derrick did. He kept them off-balanced all day long and had them jumping at the ball. He just did an outstanding job for us today."
Dexter scored a run in both the top of the first and second innings to jump out quickly on Oran. Drew Pixley ledoff the first for Dexter by getting hit by a pitch. Pixley scored on a deep sacrifice fly to center field by Caleb Miller.
In the Bearcat second, Tyler Moore ledoff with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Pixley to deep right field off Eagle starter Chase Seyer.
With two outs in the first, Tyler Beardslee induced a walk from Chamberlain. Chris Asmus hit a shot up next for the Eagles that plugged the gap in the Dexter outfield. Beardslee sprinted around the bases and made it to third base, while Asmus chugged into second.
Chamberlain threw a wild pitch to Chase Seyer who was up next. Beardslee tried to score on the play, but Pixley got the ball quickly and fired a bullet to Chamberlain who applied the tag before Beardslee touched home plate.
"Our defense is starting to come around," said Becker. "We talked to them about all four phases of the game coming together. Yesterday (Friday) they started it and today (Saturday) they continued it. Hopefully we can build on this weekend for the rest of the season and for districts."
Chamberlain only had two struck outs in seven innings, but he seemed to frustrate the Eagles with his constant changing of speeds. Oran only managed two hits through three innings and were flying out and grounding out at the same clip, three each.
"We aren't hitting the baseball good right now," said Oran head coach Mitch Wood. "We are hitting too many fly balls that fall for easy outs. We just have a lot of kids that are just not swinging the bats well right now. The kids had been off for a week due to rain and other things, but so has everybody else. We just have to go with it and start hitting again. We are known as a good hitting team and I think we will get around to hitting the baseball again."
Oran's hitting disappeared and their fielding let them down, as the Eagles continued their defensive woes in the tournament. Against the Cooter Wildcats in the first round of the round robin event, Oran committed four errors. Against Dexter on Saturday, the Eagles booted the ball around three times.
"We gave them seven or eight extra outs today between the errors and the base running," said Wood. "We can't do that against decent teams and expect to win. We have really played some weak baseball at the beginning of the year against some teams and it is starting to show. Most of the time when we played these small schools, we could get back with an error or two. Right now we can't."
The game breezed along until the top of the fifth with Dexter leading 2-0. Hessling ledoff the inning with a long home run over the left-centerfield fence. The home run by Hessling began a streak of five consecutive hits for the Bearcats.
Pixley, Miller, Stevens and Cole Smith all singled for Dexter with Miller getting an RBI. Kyle Cox hit into a fielder's choice which drove in another run for the Bearcats.
Chamberlain helped himself out at the plate with a RBI single to extend the Bearcat lead to 7-0. Dexter batted around in the fifth and Hessling again came up big with a single that drove in two Bearcat runners. Pixley had another sacrifice fly RBI to make the score 10-0 heading into Oran's half of the fifth.
"Our bats are starting to come around finally," said Becker. "It is something I have been waiting on for awhile. The guys started swinging the bats well early in the year, but we kind of hit a slump. Now, we are starting to come out of it a little bit and that is what you have to do with a team like Oran. They normally put up monster numbers and we had to come out swinging and put some runs on them."
The Eagles mounted a little rally in the fifth with Cody Dirnberger getting it started with a one-out walk. After Caleb Seyer hit into fielder's choice for the second out, the Bearcats staunch defense let them down with an error by the second baseman to keep the inning alive.
Oran couldn't capitalize on the error, as Beardslee grounded out to end the inning and invoke the 10-run mercy rule.
Stevens also had two hits for Dexter with a stolen base. Pixley and Miller both drove in two runs and Moore scored two runs for the Bearcats.
Beardslee, Asmus, Steven Dooley and Alex Chasteen had a hit apiece for the Eagles.
The Bearcats finished off their round robin event on Saturday with a 15-2 win over the Doniphan Dons. Oran struggled again in their last game losing to the Senath-Hornersville Lions, 9-4.
"We are capable of playing good baseball," said Wood. "This is why I picked this round robin tournament. We were guaranteed to play three really good teams and that is what we need to do right now."
Dexter (11-3) host New Madrid County Central on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Oran (11-4) will try and stop a rare three-game losing streak on Tuesday at Woodland. First pitch is at 4 p.m.
ST. LOUIS -- The Sikeston Bulldogs fell on the road at DeSmet in five innings on Saturday afternoon, 13-3.
Sikeston trailed by as much as 12-0 heading into the fifth inning.
The Bulldogs had problems with the Spartans 6-foot-8 starting pitcher.
"The kid has signed to play at Iowa State next year," said Sikeston head coach Kevin Self. "He had a good fastball and used his change up very effectively."
Sikeston scored three runs in the fifth on a DeSmet reliever, but it was not enough. The 10-run mercy rule took effect in the fifth.
Scott Droddy led the Bulldogs with two hits including a double. Jerrod Scott, Austin Williams and Nick Lambert all had one hit and a run driven in for Sikeston.
Sikeston (11-4) travels to Chaffee today at 4 p.m. to face the Red Devils.