NMCC scores six runs in sixth to beat East Prairie

Sunday, May 4, 2003
Laura Carter

NEW MADRID -- East Prairie's softball team gave New Madrid County Central all it wanted for five innings on Friday afternoon.

The score was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, before NMCC plated six runs to blow the game open, coasting to a 7-1 victory.

"East Prairie has a good team," said NMCC coach Steve Rogers. "We just struck out once, so we put a lot of balls in play. They just played a good defensive game."

East Prairie drew first blood with one run in top of the fourth inning. It was the first time NMCC has trailed in a game all year.

"That kind of woke us up," said Rogers. "After that, we started hitting the ball."

NMCC came back to tie the score with one run in the bottom of the fourth, then pulled ahead with six in the sixth.

Heather Robey picked up the win, throwing her fifth one-hitter of the season. She issued no walks and chalked up 13 strikeouts. East Prairie's only run was unearned.

At the plate, NMCC saw two hits each from Megan Rinehart, Heather Redd and Laura Carter. The Lady Eagles saw one hit each from Autumn Walker, Robey, Jenni Glenn and Jessica Gist. East Prairie's Meghan Massey was charged with the loss. She also had East Prairie's only hit.

NMCC improves to 13-0 on the year and runs its winning streak to 49 games. The Lady Eagles will host Portageville on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Monday's game against Doniphan has been canceled.


ORAN - The Oran Eagles baseball team improved to 11-1 on the season with a 10-4 win against Portageville on Friday.

The Eagles led 9-1 after the first three innings and were never seriously challenged.

The Bulldogs cut the lead to 9-4 in the top of the fifth but couldn't get any closer.

Oran's Ryne Wood got the win, throwing all seven innings and allowing four runs (one earned) off five hits. He struck out 10 and walked two.

The Eagles were led offensively by Joey Bickings who went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Wood added a double with three RBIs.

Others were Nathan Seyer (1-3, RBI), Trevor Irwin (1-3), Brandon Dirnberger (1-2) and Joey Williams (1-2).

Portageville's Tyler Boatwright started but didn't make it out of the second inning. He allowed six runs (two earned) off three hits and three walks.

Jordan Penn threw the next four innings, allowing four runs (two earned) off four hits and two strikeouts. The Bulldogs were led offensively by Casey Ash's solo home run and Danny Scherer's two hits and two RBIs.

Oran will play at Kelly on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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