(David Jenkins, Staff)
"Jackson's got a real good ball club," Squirrels assistant coach Matt Bucher said. "They had a good high school team and it just showed right there. At the same time, we have to come out ready to play.
"We just wasn't there."
The Squirrels committed a total of seven errors while Jackson scattered 17 hits. The top of the second inning was when things began heading south for the Squirrels.
Five hits from Jackson and two errors from Charleston lead to an early 5-0 lead for Jackson. They added one run in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth. Jackson blew the game wide open in the seventh inning with seven runs on six hits and three Squirrels errors.
Charleston's Connor Scott started the game and went 6 2/3 innings and was charged with 12 runs, four earned, on 13 hits. Despite the lopsided affair, Scott, for the most part, was effective.
"Outstanding," said Bucher about Scott. "He's been off for about two weeks and for him to come out and throw the game that he did was outstanding. His stuff was there with nice velocity and good location at times.
"You have to make plays behind him. That's what's going to make a good pitcher great and an average pitcher good. When your not doing that things aren't going to go your way at all."
Mixing the seeing-eye singles and bloopers that come with wooden bats with the defensive errors had the Squirrels hanging their heads according to Bucher.
"When you get those little bloop singles and the balls that fall in when your pitcher is pitching a decent game, kids kind of hang their heads and say 'how'd that get down,'" said Bucher. "That's one of the things we have to work on with our bunch that no matter what happens there's always another at-bat or another play that's going to have to be made."
Jackson's Chad Scroggin pitched all seven innings allowing just two hits to the Squirrels. Scroggin struck out seven.
The Squirrels' James Naile had the only two hits for Charleston. Naile hit a single in the first inning and had a double in the sixth.
Jackson, on the other hand, had seven players with at least two hits. Jordan Devenport had three singles, Kendall Fay had two singles and a triple, Kyle Reynolds added a double and a single, Evan Watkins had two singles, Caleb Hosey chipped in two singles, Chris Kirkpatrick added a double and a single while Zach McDowell added two singles as well.
The Woodfest tournament continues pool play today with the first game, Chaffee versus Dunklin County, starting at 11 a.m. with the last game being played at 8 p.m., the Squirrels versus Sikeston Post 114.
Jackson 050 01307 -- 16
Charleston 000 000 0 -- 0
WP -- Chad Scroggin. LP -- Connor Scott. Multiple hitters -- (J) Jordan Devenport 3-5, Kyle Reynolds 2-4, Kendall Fay 3-5, Evan Watkins 2-4, Chris Kirkpatrick 2-5, Caleb Hosey 2-5, Zach McDowell 2-4; (C) James Naile 2-3. 2B -- (J) Reynolds, Kirkpatrick; (C) Naile. 3B -- (J) Fay.
Poplar Bluff 11, Chaffee 3
CHARLESTON -- In the first game on Thursday, the Poplar Bluff Sr. Legion squad defeated Chaffee 11-3.
Each team waited until the fourth inning to put runs on the board. Chaffee scored one in their half while Poplar Bluff blasted eight in the bottom half. Chaffee added one more in the sixth and seventh while Poplar Bluff added one in the fifth and two in the sixth.