PADUCAH, Ky. -- The Charleston Squirrels are glad to be back in Missouri after a full weekend of baseball in Paducah, Ky.
The Squirrels crossed back over into state lines with a 1-3 record defeating only Paducah Junior Legion, 13-6.
"It was a rough weekend," Squirrels manager Michael Minner said. "We didn't play defense and we're not sure how good those teams are that we played because we kicked it around so much."
Their first loss Saturday came at the hands of Columbia, Tenn., 11-3. Mayfield, Ken. also beat the Squirrels 13-5, but Ethan Browning connected for a monster, 2-run home run while Ryan Fortner also went deep and added a double.
Ryan Mathis finally got Charleston off the snide against Paducah's Junior Legion after 3 2/3 innings on the mound. Tim Hillis and Zac Chasteen both had three hits and three RBI against Paducah.
Although the Squirrels, who gave up a total of 30 runs during the weekend, faltered three out of four times, Fortner had a grand weekend. The Scott City native went 5 for 11 (.454 average) with three RBI and 10 total bases.
PARAGOULD Ark. -- The Dunklin County Legacy Equipment Legion A's defeated the Poplar Bluff Thunder 8-7 during the championship game of the 7-Up Classic in Paragould, Ark.
The A's broke a 7-7 tie in the sixth inning by scoring the winning run on no hits, one Thunder error and two wild pitches.
Further information about the contest could not be found before press time.