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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dexter junior Alex Cliff slides in to second base on a steal attempt as Charleston second baseman Marshall Stallings tries to apply the tag. Cliff was safe on the play. Chris Pobst, Staff
CHARLESTON -- It was a game the Charleston Bluejays would like to quickly forget.

After giving up six unearned runs in the top of the first inning, the visiting Dexter Bearcats held on to win 11-1 in five innings.

"It's not a good day for the Bluejays," Charleston head coach Michael Minner said. "That's just unacceptable -- unacceptable on my part and there's no excuse for that. Dexter did some good things but we don't know how we match up. When you kick it around and make six or seven errors, it's just not good."

Charleston starter Ethan Browning threw 49 pitches in the first inning. He walked five, allowed one hit and hit two batters.

Dexter scored three runs alone on passed balls. The other three crossed on a bases-clearing, three base error when Dexter's Daniel Fitts hit a towering fly ball to right field that fell to the ground.

Bryn Hester had the only Bearcat hit in the inning.

"I'm not sure we wanted to be here," Minner said. "You can't be pleased with an effort like that. We've got to start taking strides forward. Lately, we're kind of stepping back."

Dexter poured on four more runs in the second inning, which started with an error that allowed Josh Sifford to advance to second base. Alex Cliff then drove Sifford in with a single up the middle. After another single by Jordan Miller, Fitts reached on an error. Both Miller and Fitts eventually scored -- Miller by a passed ball and Fitts on a double by D.J. Dowdy.

"Our intensity is just not there," Minner said. "We're moping around and we have to worry about doing things the right way. We didn't do things the right way (Tuesday).

"You've got to throw strikes and play defense. We didn't do either one of those."

Although 10 runs where charged to Browning, none were earned. He was eventually lifted after hitting his third batter of the day to lead off the third inning.

Trey Watkins took over the pitching duties, and although he found himself in a bases-loaded situation three batters later, his defense picked up and got him out of the inning with a 6-4-3 double play.

The Bearcats pushed their final run across in the fourth inning when Fitts scored on a fielder's choice.

"We capitalized on some of their mistakes," Dexter head coach Brian Becker said. "But, at the same time, I thought we swung the bats well."

One bright spot for the Bluejays was the work of freshman pitcher Ryan Housman.

Housman relieved Watkins during the fourth inning and recorded all three outs. He continued to throw well in the fifth allowing just one hit.

"Give Ryan Housman credit," said Minner. "He comes in and does a good job of keeping us in the ball game. He shut it off and that's what happens when you throw strikes. He did a good job and he's our bright spot for the day."

Charleston had their most successful offensive inning in the bottom of the fifth where they pushed their lone run across.

Hunter Dugan was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning. Housman and Marshall Stallings each followed with hits to load the bases. James Naile hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield allowing Dugan to score from third.

Needing just one more run to extend the game, Charleston couldn't answer. Browing flied out to right field on a tricky fly ball that fell into Dalton Putnam's glove to end the game.

Keeping Charleston's offense quiet was Dexter's sophomore starter Brad Potts.

Potts allowed no runs on two hits. Junior Alex Cliff pitched the last inning giving up one run on two hits.

"I thought the key to our game was Brad on the mound," said Becker. "He threw strikes and used his defense. We set up pretty well defensively and I thought we played pretty good defense."

Charleston totaled four hits -- Browing had a double, Kamari Allmon, Housman and Stallings all singled.

Dexter (5-3) combined for five hits. Cliff led with two singles while Dowdy added his double. Both Hester and Miller each had singles as well.

"We've got to bounce back,' Minner said. "Good things don't happen to teams that sit back on their heels. You have to go out and make things happen. Good thing is we get to bounce back (Tuesday)."

Dexter 640 10 -- 11

Charleston 000 01 -- 1

WP -- Brad Potts. LP -- Ethan Browning. 2B -- (D) D.J. Dowdy; (C) Browning.

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