inning SEMO Conference victory Wednesday at Kelly High School.
Cape Central led 9-0 before the Hawks could get on the board in the bottom of the third inning.
"We had some walks and some errors early and those will hurt you every time you play a team like Cape Central," Kelly coach Cory Johnson said. "Those kind of teams are always going to capitalize on your mistakes."
Cape Central (9-4, 6-1 SEMO Conference) score a run in the first inning and posted a seven-run second inning highlighted by Kory Kitchen's two-run home run.
"We hit the ball a lot better early today, but then we started taking too many good pitches, so I was disappointed with our aggressiveness at the plate," Cape Central coach Steve Williams said.
Kelly managed to trim the Cape Central lead to 10-4 heading into the top of the sixth inning, but the Tigers put the game away with five more runs to enforce the 10-run rule.
Blake Slattery had a two-run home run in the sixth.
"I never was really worried, but at the same time we didn't want Kelly to hang around too long and then next thing you know we've got a close game in the last couple innings," Williams said.
The Hawks were led by Dallas Tew's 2-4 day with a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning.
Ryan Essner, Levi Felter, Taylor James and Dustin LeGrand all had hits for the Hawks. Essner added an RBI.
"We put the ball in play and gave ourselves some opportunities but we just fell a little short," Johnson said.
Cape Central's Justin Myers was the winning pitcher, throwing five innings and allowing four runs (three earned) off four hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
James Miller took the loss in 2 2/3 innings pitched.
Craig Ervin came in for relief before giving way to Ross Lasiter in the sixth inning.
"James had some trouble finding the strike zone and when you start walking people you've got to groove some pitches and Cape Central took full advantage," Johnson said. "They're going to win a lot of games. They go up there swinging and they run the bases well."
The Tigers were led by Slattery's 3-5 day at the plate. Including his home run, he also had a double and a triple. Others were Brooks Osburn (2-3), Joel Uhls (2-3) and Matt Hester (2-4).
Kelly falls to 4-5 on the season and 1-4 in the SEMO Conference.
The Hawks will play at Notre Dame today at 4 p.m. in another SEMO Conference game.