The Bulldogs came into the game ranked No. 2 in Class 2 and their only three losses this season have come to teams in Tennessee.
For seven innings, the Eagles played even with South Pemiscot behind the steady arm of senior Zach Secoy. But when Secoy was replaced in the top of the eighth, the Bulldogs took advantage and exploded for six runs.
Leadoff batter Jeremy Patton broke the 4-4 tie for the Bulldogs with a one out two-run home run to deep right field off East Prairie reliever Caleb Hatton.
After the homer by Patton, the wheels seemed to fall off for the Eagles. The next four batters for South Pemiscot reached base and pinch hitter Aaron Booker delivered the big blow for the Bulldogs with a bases clearing double.
Secoy went seven strong innings for East Prairie allowing eight hits, one earned run, struck out six and walked three. Eagle head coach Gary Scott said removing Secoy before the start of the eighth inning was not a hard decision.
"Zach's pitch count was getting up there and he gave us all he had," said Scott. "He threw extremely well and kept us in the game. Secoy definitely gave us a chance to win the game."
While the eighth inning will be hard to swallow for the Eagles, the pivotal play of the game happened in the very first inning. With two outs and two men on base for the Bulldogs, Kaleb Canoy hit a blooper to left field that should of been the third out of the inning.
Unfortunately for Eagle fans, the left fielder misplayed the ball allowing two Bulldog runs to score. Instead of leading 1-0 after the top of the first, South Pemiscot led 3-0.
"The play in the first beat us," said Scott. "If we make the play we win 4-1. We just didn't make plays and it really hurt us today."
The Eagles erased the bitterness of the top of the first with two runs of their own. East Prairie cleanup hitter Tyler Branam drove in Secoy and Taylor, who both walked in the inning, with a double to deep right-center field.
South Pemiscot scored a single tally in the second inning. Patton singled with one out and proceeded to steal second base. Matt Carter drove in Patton with a two-out single to make the score 4-1.
East Prairie knotted the score in the bottom of the second. Mitchell Aters led off with a walk, followed by a double by Kaleb Williford.
Pinch runner David Pinzon scored on a wild throw by the pitcher to cut the Bulldog lead to 4-3.
Hatton tied the score with an RBI groundout that scored Williford.
"We booted the ball around today," said South Pemiscot head coach Aaron New. "We haven't played good baseball since the cold snap.
"Of course, the way we played today has a lot to do with East Prairie. Their starter did a nice job and kept us off balance."
The offensive hero for South Pemiscot had to be Patton, who has signed to play for Jefferson College next spring.
On the day, the sweet swinging lefty went 4-for-5 with two singles, a double and a home run. Patton also stole four bases for the Bulldogs.
"Jeremy is our spark plug," said New. "He gets us going offensively and he did a nice job of that today."
Secoy shut down the Bulldogs after the second inning, while South Pemiscot relied on two relievers to curb the Eagle offense. Starter Taylor Laden was shaky for two innings, but Chris Medlin and Ben Smith more than held their own out of the bullpen for the Bulldogs.
Medlin and Smith allowed only two hits and no runs in the final six innings of the game.
"The kid we started today," said New, "just wasn't his day. Our relief pitchers did a nice job of holding their offense down."
Branam and Perry Lucas led the Eagles with two hits apiece. Hatton picked up the loss on the mound for East Prairie.
South Pemiscot (11-3) hosts the Caruthersville Tigers today at 4 p.m.
East Prairie (3-5) entertains the Hayti Indians today at 4:30 p.m.
WP - Ben Smith. LP - Caleb Hatton
HR - Jeremy Patton (SP). 2B - South Pemiscot: Patton, Aaron Booker. East Prairie: Tyler Branam, Kaleb Williford. Multiple hitters - South Pemiscot: Patton 4-5, Booker 2-2, Taylor Laden 2-5. East Prairie: Branam 2-4, Perry Lucas 2-4.
Records - South Pemiscot 11-3, East Prairie 3-5.
The Oran Eagles baseball team rolled over the Delta Bobcats at home on Monday afternoon, 22-3.
Oran trailed 3-2 after two innings of action, but the Eagles rallied for 10 runs apiece in the third and fourth innings.
Caleb Seyer led Oran offensively by going 4-for-5 including a home run. Kody Campbell and Chase Seyer had three hits apiece for the Eagles. Tyler Beardslee, Steven Dooley and Jake Carter each tallied two hits for Oran.
Chris Asmus picked up the win for the Eagles going three innings and allowed only one earned run, two hits, one walk and had six strikeouts.
Oran (10-1) travels to play the Advance Hornets on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
WP - Chris Asmus. LP - Mike Smith
HR - Delta: Shelby Kight. Oran: Caleb Seyer. 3B - Tyler Beardslee (O). 2B - Oran: Kody Campbell, Chase Seyer, Steven Dooley, Jake Carter. Multiple hitters - Oran: Caleb Seyer 4-5, Campbell 3-3, Chase Seyer 3-4, Beardslee 2-3, Dooley 2-3. Records - Oran 10-1
|The New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles softball team notched a road win on Monday afternoon over the Gideon Lady Bulldogs, 10-4.|
Whitney Tanner and Brittney Masterson led the Lady Eagles offensively with two hits apiece.
Masterson went the distance on the mound for NMCC picking up the win going seven innings, allowed four hits, four walks and struck out eight.
NMCC (5-4) hosts Scott City today at 4 p.m.