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Squirrels repeat as state champs

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Staff Reports

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FRANKCLAY -- The Charleston Fighting Squirrels repeated as state champions Monday, defeating MABA Pirates 14-3.

The Squirrels' Steven Dooley pitched a two-hitter and struck out a whopping 17 hitters in the contest.

Additional details of the game were not available at press time but can be found in Wednesday's edition of the Standard Democrat.

Charleston 8, Pirates 5

Charleston defeated the MABA Pirates Sunday 8-5 to move into the championship game.

Squirrels' pitcher Tyler Whybark didn't give up a run in the first five innings while the offense supplied him an early lead.

Lead-off hitter Jarryd Smith and Colin Gilooly both hit singles to start the Charleston first inning. A sacrifice bunt by Zach Rowland also turned into a hit, loading the bases. Chase McClendon then singled and all four batters were able to come around to score in the inning.

The Squirrels weren't finished, plating more runs in the second when Gilooly singled and scored on a Rowland RBI triple. Whybark then plated Rowland with a double and later scored on a single by Mark Freed, giving Charleston a 7-0 lead after two innings.

After plating another run in the fifth, Charleston ran into trouble in the sixth inning giving up three runs, helped by three errors in the inning.

The Pirates scored two more in the seventh, but Charleston's Tyler McCann was able to come on and get the save for Charleston.

Cyclones 5, New Madrid 2

The MABA Cyclones ended New Madrid County's bid of a state title Sunday 5-2.

Jay Singleton was saddled with the loss for New Madrid, pitching three innings while giving up five runs on five hits. Jacob Estes and Cody Cook combined to pitch the last three innings of the game, holding the Cyclones scoreless.

At the plate, New Madrid County picked up six hits, including two by Brandon Bennett. One of Bennett's hits was a two-RBI triple, leading to the team's only runs in the game.

Some information was provided by the Daily Journal