Thies, Cape quiet Eagles' bats

Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Cape Central's Josh Ford (17) slides into second base as NMCC's Jacob May makes the catch in Tuesday's game (Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)

NEW MADRID - The New Madrid County Central Eagles fell back to .500 with an 11-1 loss to SEMO Conference foe Cape Central on Tuesday.

The game was stopped after five innings due to the mercy rule.

The Eagles (3-3-1, 1-2 SEMO) had no answer for Tiger ace pitcher John Thies.

He threw three innings and allowed just one hit while striking out three.

"He kept us off-balance all night," said NMCC head coach John Jones. "We were either way ahead or way behind him. He was smart pitcher. He threw a wonderful ballgame. My hat's off to the man on the mound tonight. We just could not hit him. We usually put the ball in play, but tonight our bats fell silent."

NMCC's Ryan Lawrence took the loss, throwing 1 2/3 innings. He allowed eight runs (six earned) off three hits.

Jordan Kimball threw 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing two runs (one earned) off five hits with two strikeouts and a walk.

Ben Pyles allowed one run off two hits and two walks in one inning.

Pyles led the Eagles with two hits. Luke St. Mary added a triple.

Cape Central (9-6) was led by Mark Dunaway, Chris Conrad and Seth Hudson with two hits each. Hudson and Conrad each had doubles.

"We voted in the preseason and they were the unanimous second just behind Sikeston," said Jones of Cape Central. "They don't kick the ball around and they're well-schooled. Their kids get after it and they know how to play. I look for them to make a lot of noise in this SEMO Conference before it's over."

NMCC will play Chaffee in the Chaffee Red Devil Classic on Friday at 5:45 p.m.

DEXTER - The Dexter Bearcats baseball team got back on the winning track with a 13-3, five-inning win against East Prairie on Tuesday.

Dexter (8-3) fell behind 3-0 in the top of the first but rallied with six runs in the bottom of the first and six more in the second inning to lead 12-3.

Dexter's Mack Taylor picked up the complete game win. He allowed three runs (one earned) off five hits. He struck out three and walked two.

Kaleb Thurman was saddled with the loss, throwing 1 1/3 innings.

He allowed 10 runs off five hits. He walked four, hit two batters and struck out one.

Ben Walters threw 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs off four hits while walking one and striking out two.

"We started out and gave up three runs in the top of the first," said Dexter head coach Brian Becker. "It was kind of a continuation from the Poplar Bluff game. We were down 3-0 before we even came to bat. But we bounced back and I was proud to see that we came back. It was easy for us to get down and we didn't."

Dexter was led by Willie Dooley, with two hits, two runs and an RBI and Tyler Grovenor, who went 2-2 with two RBIs.

Matt Burnett went 1-2 with two RBIs and a double.

Hunter Jones went 2-3 with a double and a run to lead East Prairie.

CHAFFEE -- Three late errors doomed Chaffee in Monday's 12-8 loss to Woodland.

The Red Devils led 7-6 going into the seventh inning, but had three costly errors in the final frame, allowing Woodland to pull out the victory.

"In high school baseball, those bad innings will get you," said Chaffee coach Brian Horrell. "We've got to start working harder and making our own breaks."

Woodland plated the 12 runs on 19 hits with five errors. Chaffee finished up with eight runs on 11 hits and three errors.

Woodland's Grojean pitched the sixth and seventh innings and picked up the win. Chaffee's Sam Burnett was charged with the loss.

Chaffee (6-6) will face NMCC in the first round of the Red Devil Classic on Friday.

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