Charleston rolls in E.P. Tourney
EAST PRAIRIE - The Charleston Bluejays baseball team went 2-0 to take first place in the East Prairie Tournament on Saturday.
The Bluejays defeated Bell City 13-3 in five innings and then beat East Prairie for the second time in four days with a 6-2 victory.
Against Bell City, Charleston (6-5) led 4-1 before erupting for eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to blow the game open.
Rett Thompson was the winning pitcher, throwing five innings and allowing three runs off six hits. He struck out five and walked two and was perfect through the first three innings.
A.H. Marshall led the way with three hits, including two doubles, with four RBIs.
Others were Travis McCann (2-3, 3 RBIs), Marcus Dixon (1-3), Brink Naile (2-3, 2 RBIs), John Robert Goodin (2-3, RBI), Stephen Hicks (1-2) and Josh Marshall (4 BB, 3 runs, RBI). Dominitrix Johnson was the losing pitcher for Bell City, throwing 3 1/3 innings and allowing eight runs (six earned) off seven hits. He walked four and struck out three.
Blaine Stewart threw one inning of relief, allowing five runs (one earned) off four hits and four walks.
Johnson went 2-3 at the plate. Kerry Wayne Lasters was 1-3.
In Charleston's second game against East Prairie, McCann picked up the win on the mound, throwing all seven innings and allowing two runs (one earned) off four hits. He struck out six and walked two.
Charleston broke open a 2-2 tie with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Hicks' run-scoring double gave the Bluejays the lead.
A.H. Marshall was 3-4 and Thompson was 2-3 with two RBIs. Others were McCann (1-2), Hicks (1-4, RBI-double) and Dixon (1-4, RBI).
Charleston will play at Meridian today in a makeup game.
East Prairie (8-2) was led by Lamar Holdiness with one hit and two RBIs. Hunter Jones and Adams also had a hit each.
East Prairie's Ben Walters was saddled with the loss in relief.
He pitched two innings and allowed four runs (one earned) off three hits and four walks with one strikeout.
Ryan Adams started and got the no-decision, throwing four innings and allowing two runs off five hits and six walks.
The East Prairie hurlers walked 10 batters against Charleston and gave Meridian 14 free passes earlier in the day.
"We're just tired right now," said East Prairie coach Jason Aycock. "Our pitchers are tired and worn out. They gave it all they had, but they just couldn't find the strike zone. All pitchers have off-days and it just so happened all of our failed on the same day. Ben was still worn out from New Madrid. He threw 125 pitches against New Madrid and I brought him in and he just didn't have anything."
East Prairie defeated Meridian (Ill.) 13-8 in the early game despite the 14 walks.
Zach Secoy started and lasted just a 1/3 of an inning, allowing five walks and one hit with a strikeout.
Caleb Hatton came in for relief and got the win, pitching 4 2/3 innings and allowing seven walks and three hits with two strikeouts.
Adams got the save in two innings of work, allowing two walks with three strikeouts.
As cold as the Eagles' bats were against Charleston, they were that much hotter against Meridian, leaving Aycock pondering what went wrong in the nightcap.
"If I knew that I'd be coaching in the professional league," said Aycock. "We came out against Meridian and our bats were hotter than a firecracker. We've never hit like that before. "Then against Charleston we came out with two hits right from the start and after that our bats just went cold. We had six strikeouts and against good teams you can't do that. You've got to hand it to Travis McCann. There were several times he kept us off balance. The kids were way out in front of the ball."
Against Meridian, the Eagles were led by Jacob Poore, who was 3-4 with a home run and three RBIs.
Holdiness was 3-4 with three RBIs.
Others were Adams (2-3, RBI), Walters (2-4, 2 RBIs) and Josh Boyer, Taylor White, Jones and Kaleb Thurman with one hit each.
"The kids' effort was all there," said Aycock. "Overall in the tournament, I'd say we played below average. We are most definitely better than the way we played, and the kids know that. They can't get their heads down, they'll bounce back. Come district time we've got to be peaking. We talk about that all the time."
East Prairie will host Dexter on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
CHARLESTON - The New Madrid County Central Eagles hammered Charleston 16-3 in six innings in a game on Friday.
The Eagles pounded out 15 hits off pitchers Dixon and A.H. Marshall.
Dixon was the loser, throwing four innings and allowing eight runs (seven earned) off nine hits. He struck out seven and walked three.
Marshall threw two innings of relief, allowing eight runs (one earned) off six hits with two strikeouts.
The Bluejays had four hits total -- one each from Marshall, Josh Marshall, McCann and Goodin.
A.H. Marshall also had two RBIs.
NMCC hurler Ben Pyles picked up the win, throwing six innings and allowing three runs off four hits. He struck out eight and walked six.
Pyles also was 3-5 with two RBIs at the plate. Jordan Kimball was 2-4 with two RBIs.
Others for NMCC were Jacob May (2-5), Luke St. Mary (2-4, 3 RBIs), Jeffrey Hunter (1-4, 2 RBIs), Ryan Lawrence (2-4, 3 RBIs) and Ben Eakins (1-4, 2 RBIs).