(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
PERRYVILLE -- With the Class 2, District 3 championship on the line Saturday against second-seeded Charleston, the first-seeded Scott City Rams needed starting pitcher Skylar Cobb to be in top form.
Fortunately for the Rams Cobb didn't disappoint, striking out 16 Bluejay batters while pitching seven scoreless innings to guide Scott City to a 3-0 win.
"It felt good," Cobb said. "When I came out in the first inning it was pretty intense. Early in the game it felt like my velocity was up there.
"My curve ball worked pretty well. I don't think I even threw a change up."
After two scoreless innings the Rams got on the board in the fifth when, with Justin Modglin on third, Cobb hit a fly to right field that was misplayed by the fielder, allowing Modglin to score and Cobb to wind up at third.
Getting a crucial insurance run in the fourth Chris Limbaugh was able to coax Charleston's starting pitcher into a balk while at third base to give Scott City a 2-0 lead.
"It was just one of those deals where it was 1-0 and an extra runs means a lot," Limbaugh said. "(Coach Lance Amick) just told me to break for home and try to get him to balk. I just took off as fast as I could and tried to get him to pitch it over to third.
"I got the pitcher off and got his attention."
Capping things off in the sixth the Rams would put up one final insurance run as Jamie Scholz hit a shot down the right line to score Brett Dirnberger from third to make it a 3-0 ball game.
Though the Bluejays would attempt to rally in the seventh, getting runners on first and second with no outs, their hopes would be dashed when Ethan Browning hit an infield fly followed by a strike out to end the game.
"Feels good to have a district title this year after a tough loss in districts last year," Wyatt Martin said. "We've been young, but I think we've really picked it up this year."
For the game Scott City collected six hits from six different starters with two of those hits doubles.
As mentioned above Cobb went the full seven innings, striking out 16 to pick up the win, improving his season mark to 8-1.
As for the Charleston, the Bluejays came away with five hits on the game, with Marshall Stallings and Justin Hardin leading the team two apiece.
James Naile takes the loss for the team, going all six innings allowing three runs on six hits while striking out eight.
With Naile keeping his squad in contention despite the team's offensive struggles, Bluejay coach Micheal Minner gave his junior a lot of credit for battling through adversity.
"James kept us in the ball game," he said "He threw tremendous, but we just couldn't get the big hit today."
Charleston finishes the year at 17-8.
"For being as young as we were all year and having some kids step up and learn some spots 17-8 is a tremendous season for us," Minner said.
Scott City now gets set for sectionals where they'll play Crystal City at Crystal City today at 4:30 p.m.
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WP -- Skylar Cobb (8-1). LP -- James Naile (7-4). Multiple-hitters -- (C) Marshall Stallings 2-3, Justin Hardin 2-4. 2B -- (C) Stallings 2; (SC) Brett Dirnberger, Chris Limbaugh.