Trailing 8-6 heading into the top of the fourth, Dexter scored 11 unanswered runs in the final four innings. The Bearcats plated five runs in the fourth inning and five more in the seventh to get past the pesky Bluejays.
"We kind of started slow today," said Dexter head coach Brian Becker. "The kids had a big win over Sikeston on Monday and that might have something to do with the way we came out today. I thought our bats picked up late and we started to drive the ball."
Dexter led 5-0 after the first two innings of action. In the first, the Bearcats scored a run without the benefit of a hit. Leadoff batter Drew Pixley walked, stole second base and scored on an errant throw from the Bluejay shortstop to first base.
In the second inning, Dexter had five hits and plated four runs highlighted by a two-run single by Logan Swindle. Pixley and Kyle Cox also had RBIs for the Bearcats in the inning.
The Bluejays responded in their half of the second inning with four runs of their own. Four of the first five Charleston hitters reached base and leadoff batter Paul Johnson had a two-run single to right field. Two other Bluejays scored on error by Dexter.
Charleston took the lead in the bottom of third with four more runs in the inning. Once again, the Bluejays took advantage of a big hit and a Bearcat error to plate their runs.
Colin Gilooly hit a two-run double and the Bluejays scored their fourth run of the third thanks to an error by the Dexter first baseman. Tyler McCann squeezed in a RBI single to plate the first run for Charleston.
"More than anything," said Charleston head coach Michael Minner, "I am excited about what we can do. It is only a matter of us doing it. Dexter is one of the best teams in the area and we played right with them for a good portion of the game."
In the five-run fifth for the Bearcats, David Hessling got the rally started with a two-run single. Pixley and Cox also drove in runs for Dexter in the fifth.
Dexter was both explosive and patient at the plate against the Bluejays. For the game, the Bearcats banged out 18 hits and took eight walks against the Charleston pitching combination of starter Brink Naile and Johnson.
"We got some timely hits when we needed them," said Becker. "Our defense didn't help out much, but they struggled too. Both sides played sloppy."
Tyler Moore started on the hill for Dexter and struggled through 2 1/3 of an inning. However, relievers Thomas Espey and Eric Windham came in and gave the Bearcats brilliant relief. After the fourth inning, Charleston managed only three hits the rest of the game.
"Charleston has a good ballclub," said Becker. "We threw a fastball pitcher at them and they showed they can hit the fastball. Espey and Windham did a good job in relief and helped us get back in the game."
Pixley led Dexter by going 3-for-4 at the plate with 3 RBIs and a stolen base. Cox and Josh Stevens also had three hits apiece for the Bearcats. Cox also drove in three runs and scored two runs. Stevens had an RBI plus scored twice.
Swindle had a nice day for Dexter going 2-2 with two RBIs, scored three runs and stole three bases.
The Bearcats stole seven bases as a team against Charleston. Hessling, Moore and Caleb Miller each had two hits for Dexter.
Johnson, McCann and Tommy Starr had two hits apiece for the Bluejays. Johnson had two RBIs and two stolen bases, while McCann scored two runs for Charleston.
"While we played with Dexter," said Minner," we didn't make plays and throw strikes in crunch time. We will be a complete team when we learn to make those plays when it counts in a game."
Dexter (7-1) hosts Chaffee (7-3) on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Charleston (2-8) will next be in action on Tuesday as they will host Sikeston (8-2) at 4 p.m.
Dexter 17, Charleston 8
WP - Thomas Espey
LP - Brink Naile
2B - Dexter: Drew Pixley, Caleb Miller. Charleston: Colin Gilooly.
Multiple hitters - Dexter: Pixley 3-4, Josh Stevens 3-4, Kyle Cox 3-5, Logan Swindle 2-2, David Hessling 2-3, Miller 2-5, Tyler Moore 2-5. Charleston: Paul Johnson 2-4, Tyler McCann 2-4, Tommy Starr 2-5. Records - Dexter (7-1), Charleston (2-8)