CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Bluejays out-slugged the visiting Scott Central Braves in a 14-9 victory on Monday evening at Hillhouse Park in Charleston.
They also won the error battle by a slim margin -- five to six.
The Bluejays sprayed 15 hits to Scott Central's 11 while both teams struggled on defense.
"It's always nice to be on the higher end of a slugfest," Charleston head coach Michael Minner said. "We kicked it around some but, right now, it is what it is. If we kick it around we've got to score more runs.
"Right now, it's all about winning. And that's what we're focused on."
Charleston struck first in the bottom of the first inning.
The Bluejays loaded the bases after some help from a throwing error by the Braves. Two bases-loaded walks and a RBI single by Michael Baugh put Charleston up 3-0.
The Braves scored two in the top of the second behind Scott Central's Josh Boese, who smacked a two-RBI double.
Charleston, however, answered with two runs in their half of the second, three runs in the bottom of the third and four more in the fourth.
In the first four innings, Charleston sent at least eight batters to the plate.
"We did a lot of good things offensively," Minner said, "and we left a lot of runners on base too. In the first three innings, I believe we left the bases loaded twice but didn't get people in and only got eight.
"Anytime you get 15 hits, you better win."
Throughout those four innings, Scott Central committed four of their six errors.
"We came out scared to death on the defensive side," Limbaugh said. "We couldn't throw strikes and, even if we did, we couldn't make the plays behind them.
"It's towards the end of the season and there's no excuses for that."
Danny McKinney went 3 for 3 with five RBIs. Ethan Browning went 1 for 3 with three RBI. Five other Bluejays had at least one hit and one RBI.
The Braves cut the deficit to just two runs in their half of the fourth, but that was as close as they came. The pushed three runs across in the top of the fifth to make it 12-9 but were held scoreless in the last two innings.
"The only good thing from this game is that we hit the ball," Limbaugh said. "It doesn't matter how many runs you score, you will not win many games giving up that many runs.
"We've got to play defense if we want to contend with anybody in Southeast Missouri."
Both starters were tagged for multiple runs and hits.
Charleston's Marshall Stallings was charged with nine runs in five innings on 10 hits and three walks.
"Marsh (Stallings), he kept us in the ball game," said Minner. "He went out and battled but, didn't have his best stuff. But, did a good job."
The only pitcher in the game not tagged with runs was Charleston freshman Chance Maness.
Maness threw the last two innings for the Bluejays and gave up one hit and one walk.
"Maness comes in the ball game and does a good job for a freshman," Minner said. "He closed out the game for us."
Ben Freed, who also went 2 for 4 at the plate, went three innings and gave up eight runs on eight hits and four walks. Freed also had to contend with four errors by the Braves in the first two innings.
"He had a bad first inning and wasn't ready to go," Limbaugh said. "He finally calmed down and started throwing strikes and got us ground balls, which is what you ask for, and then our defense can't back him up.
"Everything just starts to go wrong when that happens."
Boese, who was in noticeable pain due to a thumb injury, finished out the game on the mound and gave up seven hits and six runs as well as four walks. The senior ended up with two hits, both doubles, and four RBIs. Blake Pobst totaled three hits and one RBI for Scott Central as well.
In essence of Senior Day, the Bluejays started seven seniors: Stallings, James Naile, Browning, McKinney, Hunter Dugan, Kamari Allmon and Glenn Fennell.
"This is good group of kids and I couldn't be prouder to say that they're my kids," Minner said. "These seniors have put in the time and they are wonderful young men and they're definitely going to do Charleston proud whenever the future calls their name."
Scott Central 020 430 0 -- 9 11 6
Charleston 323 402 x -- 14 15 5
WP -- Marshall Stallings. LP -- Ben Freed. 2B -- (S) Josh Boese 2, Kamryn Johnson.