(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
CHARLESTON - Starting the season on a five-game skid, Kelly entered Tuesday's game with Charleston looking for that elusive first win of the season.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, Charleston slapped six runs on the board early, capped by a four-run third to earn the 6-0 victory and leave Kelly still searching for a 'W.'
"I think with our team, that one inning just killed our energy," Kelly coach Nate Wills said. We had a couple mishaps and they scored three or four runs right there and our intensity just went way down."
While the contest was scheduled to be played at Kelly, field conditions from yesterday's rain forced a change of venue to Charleston, with the Eagles still acting as the home team.
Charleston had a 2-0 lead after two innings thanks to a bases loading plunking of Shane Scott in the first and a James Naile single in the second driving home Trey Watkins from second.
The Bluejays were able to score all four runs in the third without collecting a single hit as Kelly miscues brought in two on bases loaded walks and two more from errant throws with runners in scoring position for the final runs in the afternoon.
"Overall anytime you get a W and win 6-0 that's a good ball game for us," Charleston coach Michael Minner said. "Kelly's always traditionally a great program and anytime we get a chance to beat them we love that."
On the mound, Naile had a stellar outing for the Bluejays, going all seven innings only allowing three hits and one walk while striking out six.
"He was in command," Minner said. "He threw every pitch he had for a strike.
"His fastball had some downward (bite). At one point I asked him if he threw a change up or a curveball and it was his fast ball."
Nail credits not getting behind in the count to his successful outing.
"Me and coach really talk a lot about getting ahead of hitters and luckily I was able to do that tonight," he said.
"We made some plays and it was really easy to pitch for the team we had out there tonight."
The Bluejays improve to 4-2 on the year with the win while Kelly falls to 0-6.
Next up for Charleston, the Bluejays host the New Madrid County Central Eagles today at 4 p.m. while Kelly waits until for their next contest, traveling to Portageville to play the Bulldogs at 4 p.m.
Charleston 114 000 0 -- 6
Kelly 000 000 0 -- 0
WP -- James Naile (2-2) LP -- Gabe Felter (0-2).