(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
MALDEN -- After losing to Cooter and Oran by one and two runs respectively to start the Malden Baseball Tournament, the New Madrid County Centrals Eagles finally got their first win of the season Saturday, beating the Doniphan Dons 15-5 in five innings on the mercy rule.
"It's just a big load off everyone's mind," NMCC coach John Jones said. "We were able to hit the ball, put it in play and finally get that first win.
"It feels so good."
After Doniphan took an early 1-0 lead, NMCC sophomore Sam Barnett hit the first home run of his high school career scoring himself and Gabe Smith to give NMCC a 2-1 advantage.
Later in the game in his next at bat, Barnett went yard again, this time a three-run shot that put the Eagles ahead 8-1.
Starting pitcher Jimmy Ash picked up the win for the Eagles as they improve to 1-10 on the season.
Jones said he thinks being in so many one and two-run games this season has really helped his ball club.
"It's really paid off being in these close games," he said. "They know that at any time that if they just stick with their guns their going to be able to do something."
Also playing in the Malden tournament, NMCC's jayvee squad battled Malden's jayvee to a 3-3 tie.
Holcomb 7, Oran 3
Oran suffered its second loss of the tournament Saturday, falling to the Holcomb Hornets 7-3.
The Eagles only had one hit in the contest coming of the bat of right fielder Blake Carlyle who went 1-for-2.
Getting the loss, Tyler Schlitt tossed five innings of four hit baseball, allowing one earned run while striking out four.
|Oran||003 000 0 - 3|
|Holcomb||300 202 x - 7|
WP -- McElrath. LP -- Tyler Schlitt. Multiple hits -- McElrath, (H), 2-3, McCormick, (H), 3-3. Extra-base hits -- 2B: McElrath, (H), McCormick, (H).
Oran 4, Greenville 3
Holding Greenville scoreless in the final eight frames, Oran finished the Malden Baseball Tournament with a win, beating the Bears in 11 innings, 4-3.
The Eagles trailed Greenville 3-2 going into the seventh, picking up the game tying run in the inning to extend the game.
Trenton Hency led the Eagles with three hits on the contest with Gabe Kielhofner collecting two.
Oran had nine hits as a team on the night compared to Greenville's eight.
In picking up the win, Kielhofner pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out five.
|Oran||000 200 100 01 -- 4|
|Greenville||021 000 000 00 -- 3|
WP -- Gabe Kielhofner. LP -- Tim. Multiple hits -- Gabe Kielhofner, (O), 2-5, Trenton Hency, (O), 3-5, Nick, (G), 2-6.
Malden 8, Bernie 7
The Malden Greewave won their own tournament with an 8-7 win over the Bernie Mules on Saturday. A hit in the bottom of the seventh inning won it for the host team who went 4-0 throughout.
Cooter 6, Oran 4
In their second game Friday night, the Oran Eagles fell to the Cooter Wildcats 6-4.
Oran would get to within a run of the Wildcats in the top of fifth before Cooter would add insurance run in the bottom inning.
The Eagles has six hits on the game, with Gabe Kielhofner going 2-for-3 to lead the team.
Trent Irwin takes the loss going six innings allowing seven hits and four earned runs while striking out six.
|Oran||300 010 0 - 4|
|Cooter||203 010 x - 6|
WP -- Watkins. LP -- Trent Irwin. Multiple Hits -- Gabe Kielhofner, (O), 2-3, Watkins, (C), 2-2. Extra-base hits -- 2B: Childers; HR: Boone.