(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
NEW MADRID -- New Madrid County's playoff chances got a little bit slimmer Tuesday evening as they split a doubleheader with the visiting Chaffee Red Devils.
Needing to sweep the Red Devils to increase their chances at making the state Senior Babe Ruth Tournament, New Madrid County came out of the gate strong rolling to a 13-0 win in the first contest, winning on the 10-run marcy rule in the fifth inning.
With Chaffee pitching struggling, New Madrid County put up five runs in the first two innings before padding their lead in the fourth with another eight runs.
In picking up the win, Brandon Bennett gave them five scoreless innings while only surrendering three hits and one walk.
"That's his fourth start and he's won three of those ball games," New Madrid County coach Kevin Lyons said. "He's come on strong here lately and done us real well. Hitting, pitching and defensively he's just an all-around real good ball player."
Things wouldn't go so well for New Madrid County in the second game, however, as they would see an early five-run lead slip away.
With the Red Devils trailing 7-2 after three innings, Chaffee would start to chip away at their deficit, culminating in a seven-run fifth inning that would see them take the lead for good.
The first seven batters who stepped up to bat for Chaffee in the frame would all come around to score despite the Red Devils only earning one hit in the inning.
Most of the damage was done off New Madrid County pitchers walking three batters in the frame while hitting two. On top of that defensive errors allowed another two runners to reach base leaving Chaffee with a 12-9 lead to end the inning.
"It was really nice to see our kids battle, have a big inning and take the lead like that," Red Devils coach Aaron Horrell said.
The Red Devils would add another run in both the sixth and seventh to increase the gap to 14-9. Though New Madrid County would rally for two runs in the bottom of the seventh, they would ultimately come up three runs short, falling 14-11.
"I think our defensive (problems) carried over to our offense," Lyons said. "We started playing crappy defensively and walking a bunch of batters and it carried right over in to out hitting.
"When we're pitching well we hit well and when we're pitching bad we hit bad."
With the split New Madrid County now needs help from Chaffee to keep their playoffs hopes alive.
In order to keep their hopes alive they will need for Chaffee to at least split their double-header with visiting Jackson this Thursday while New Madrid County will have to sweep the same Jackson team Saturday if they hope to play in the state tournament in Charleston the following week.
|Chaffee||000 00 - 0|
|NMC||140 8x - 13|
WP -- Brandon Bennett. LP -- Alex Davie. Multiple hitters -- (N) Chris Pavy 3-3, Ross Carter 2-4, Eric Holloway 2-4, Hunter Ivie 2-3. 2B -- (C) Naramore; (N) Brandon Bennett, Carter, Eric Holloway, Mason Kellams. 3B -- (N) Eric Holloway.
|Chaffee||200 371 1 - 14|
|NMC||160 200 2 - 11|
WP -- Andrew Terhune. LP -- Mason Kellams. Multiple hitters -- (C) Jared Walker 2-3, Alex Crowe 2-3; (N) Brandon Bennett 2-3, Ross carter 2-3, Eric Holloway 2-4, Gabe Smith 2-4. 2B -- (C) Crowe; (N) Carter, Holloway. 3B -- (N) Bennett. HR -- (N) Chris Pavy.