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Scott County blistered by Jackson, 22-4

Saturday, July 14, 2012

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SIKESTON -- It wasn't the start Scott County had in mind.

A barrage of errors and a lot of unearned runs to go with them had Scott County Junior Legion Post 369 looking up at Jackson's junior legion squad all night long Friday at VFW Memorial Stadium in Sikeston.

Scott County ended up losing to Jackson 22-4 in five innings during the Junior Legion District 14 double-elimination tournament.

"We just couldn't field the ball," Scott County coach Zach Pobst said. "You can't give up more than three outs in a game. It'll cost you."

Jackson got right to work in the bottom of the first inning on a drizzle rain-filled evening. They plated four runs on three hits to foreshadow what was to come.

Scott County was hit by seven runs during a long bottom of the second inning. An abundance of walks, errors and over-throws allowed Jackson to circle the bases with ease.

Post 369 ended the game with 13 errors as a team.

"I just don't think we were focused," Pobst said. "Hopefully we can change that for the rest of the weekend."

Jackson scored another seven runs in the third inning. They added four in the fourth to essentially seal the game and put them in the winner's bracket against Sikeston, which took place Saturday.

Scott County added three of their four runs in the top of the second, although they were hit by four runs in the first inning.

Zach Carlyle scored Post 369's first run after Zane Eggimann stole second. The throw to second to try and nail Eggimann went into centerfield allowing Carlyle to coast home from third.

Eggimann later scored the exact same way when Dustin Gehphardt took second after a throw scooted into the outfield.

Gephardt eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it a one-run game at the time. Jackson answered with the first of their two seven-run innings.

"We battled back and we fell apart the very next inning," said Pobst. "Those kinds of innings will hurt you every time."

Scott County pushed their fourth run across in the top of the fifth.

Post 369 played Cape Girardeau Saturday at 1 p.m. needing a win to stay alive in the tournament.

The championship game will be played today at 1 p.m. If needed, a second championship game will be played after.