Lady Eagles sweep; Dexter downs Bernie
NEW MADRID -- New Madrid County Central played its first home game of the season on Tuesday, sweeping Campbell in a doubleheader, 13-2, 15-0.
The Lady Eagles improve to 6-0 with the two victories.
"This is a good group of girls to work with," said NMCC coach Steve Rogers. "We've had some good teams in the past, but I think this ranks right up there with the best team I've had the pleasure of coaching."
Sarah Fowler pitched the first inning of the first game, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. Heather Robey came in and went the rest of the way, giving up no hits or walks with 12 strikeouts.
NMCC scored the 13 runs on five hits. Morgan Hodges and Jenni Glenn were both 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Christine Jones and Robey each contributed a hit and scored a run. Abby Sexton also added a hit.
Campbell's Thompson was charged with the loss. In the second game of the double dip, Robey threw four innings of hitless baseball with three walks and 10 strikeouts.
"We started Sarah (in the first game) and she had a little trouble," said Rogers. "We brought in Heather to finish the first game, and while she was loose, we just went ahead and threw her the second game."
At the plate, the Lady Eagles pounded out 16 hits. Glenn was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, blasting a three-run homer in the third inning.
Jessica Gist and Renita Hamilton also had big days. Gist was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Hamilton was 3-for-3 with two runs and a triple.
Laura Carter and Hodges were both 2-for-3 with two runs. Karrah Tanner was 2-for-3, Robey was 1-for-3 with a run, and Fowler was 1-for-2 with two runs.
Campbell's Edington was charged with the loss.
"Everybody we had played," said Rogers. "I was real pleased with the way we swung the bats today. The girls hustled and played hard."
NMCC (6-0) will travel to Clarkton today for a 4 p.m. game.
DEXTER -- The Lady Bearcats of Dexter reached the .500 mark on Tuesday, beating Bernie 8-2 in seven innings.
Dexter held a shaky two-run lead before pulling away with four runs in the sixth frame.
"We did that with aggressive base running and timely hits," said Dexter coach Don Goodwin. "I was pretty proud of the team today. We haven't been playing real good defense, but we only made three errors today. That's really good for us."
Kimmy Bennett pitched the first three innings for Dexter, allowing two hits and six walks with one strikeout. Jessie McClendon came in to throw the final four frames, giving up two hits and five walks with four strikeouts.
"Both girls did a good job of pitching," said Goodwin. "Obviously, because (Bernie) only scored two runs."
Brittney Greer led Dexter's offense, batting 3-for-4. Other hits came from Darcie Sneed, Carrie Dearman, Jessica McCullough, Ashley Jackson and Lea Tippen.
Bernie's Stone was charged with the loss. Stone also paced Bernie's offense with two hits. Flannery and Carroll also provided hits.
Dexter (3-3) will host Kelly today at 4 p.m.
ORAN -- Oran scored 14 runs on just three hits Tuesday, taking advantage of 21 walks in a 14-10 win over Oak Ridge.
"It was a good game for us," said Oran coach Travis Spane. "We were really patient at the plate and made their pitcher work."
Jami Pobst improved her personal record to 3-0 this year, pitching all seven innings for Oran. She allowed the 10 runs on 10 hits and three walks with nine strikeouts. Four of the runs were earned.
"(Pobst) pitched a real solid game," said Spane. "We had a couple of untimely errors that helped allow some runs, but (Pobst) just goes in and throws strikes. I'm real happy with her performance up to this point."
Ashley Dirnberger led Oran at the plate, batting 2-for-2 with eight stolen bases and three RBIs. Lexi Todt was 1-for-2 with three steals and one RBI.
Oak Ridge's Ruch was charged with the loss. Meyers was 3-for-4. Ruch and Felter were both 2-for-4.
"We still need to be a little more aggressive in the field and cut down on our errors in the future," said Spane. "We're making a lot of progress. Getting a few more games under our belt will help."
Oran (3-1-1) will travel to Bloomfield on Thursday.