(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Offensive woes for the New Madrid County Central Eagles led to the end of their 2010 baseball season on Monday afternoon falling to the No. 4 seed Fredericktown Blackcats, 12-1 in five innings at the Class 3, District 1 tournament at Notre Dame Regional High School.
The Eagles (3-21) could only muster two hits, both singles while Fredericktown had 10 hits.
"(Fredericktown) hit the ball really well today," NMCC head coach John Jones said. "It was just a matter of them hitting the ball and us not. They got little leakers and just came out ahead of us."
The Blackcats burst out with eight runs in the third inning, when NMCC starter Mike Darter was chased after 2 2/3 innings and giving up a total of nine runs on five hits. CJ Chism took over as NMCC's pitcher and finished out the remaining 1 1/3 innings.
The No. 5 seeded Eagles scored their lone run when Darter hit a sacrifice fly making it 9-1 in the top of the fourth inning.
Fredericktown added three more in the bottom of the fourth sealing the five inning mercy rule victory.
Rusty Allgier was the Blackcat that held NMCC to their two hits with what Jones described as a deceptive delivery.
"We just could not find our stroke today," said Jones. "(Allgier) was not overpowering, we've seen kids that throw harder, but I think his delivery looked a lot faster that it actually was. A lot of times we had already swung before the ball was there.
"We just didn't make our adjustments. Of course, if you give up just two hits your doing something right."
Allgier went the full five innings in earning the win.
NMCC will be saying goodbye to one senior, Darter, who was a four-year player for Jones. Darter began as a catcher early in his career but evolved into one of the Eagles' go-to starters in his senior year. He hit .291 with 16 hits and 14 RBI and was the ever-important senior leader for the 2010 NMCC Eagles.
"He's come in day one and he's always had a mouth on him, and I mean that in a good way" said Jones. "He's a three sport athlete who knows what competition is about and has had a lot of experience. That translated into a leadership role this year.
"I could always count on him as long as I've had him. I really do appreciate what he has done for me."
|NMCC||000 10 -- 1 1 3|
|Fred'town||108 3x -- 12 10 1|
WP -- Rusty Allgier. LP -- Mike Darter. Multiple hitters -- (F) A.P. Lewandowski 2-3, Riley Bumgardaner 2-2, Jon O'Neal 2-3. 2B -- (F) Lewandowski. 3B -- Lewandowski
Dexter 3, Caruthersville 2
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Dexter Bearcats were able to hold on and win their first round game of the Class 3, District 1 tournament against the Caruthersville Tigers 3-2 on Monday afternoon.
The Bearcats allowed two runs in the top of the seventh inning but was able to withstand the Tiger's late comeback and advance to the semifinal round against the Kennett Indians on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
|C'ville||000 000 2 -- 2 3 1|
|Dexter||120 000 x -- 3 4 2|
CARUTHERSVILLE -- (ab-r-h-rbi) J. Middleton c 3-0-0-0, Lloyd cf 3-0-0-0, P. Middleton ss 3-1-1-0, Litrell p 3-1-2-0, Gardner 3b 3-0-0-0, Stricklin 1b 3-0-0-0, Leech 2b 3-0-0-0, Starks lf 3-0-0-0, Rodgers rf 2-0-0-0. Totals: 26-2-3-0.
DEXTER -- Stoker cf 3-0-1-0, Hester lf 4-0-0-1, Mills ss 2-1-0-0, Smith c 3-0-1-1, George 2b 1-0-0-0, Young 3b 3-0-0-0, Sifford ph 2-0-1-0, J. Fitts rf 0-1-0-0, Stause 1b 3-0-1-0, Hall p 1-0-0-0. Putnam 0-1-0-0. Totals: 22-3-4-2.
WP -- Hall (D). LP -- Litrell (C).
Kennett 20, Doniphan 0
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The No. 2 seed Kennett Indians dusted the No. 7 seed Doniphan Dons 20-0 on Monday afternoon as Cameron Wallace tossed a no-hitter in five innings.
Wallace needed only 66 pitches to strike out eight batters as the Indians moved on to face the Dexter Bearcats today at 4 p.m.