PREP ROUNDUP: Sikeston tennis falls in district, late rally dooms Sikeston baseball

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Sikeston's Blake Wolferding watches a base hit against East Carter County Tuesday afternoon at VFW Memorial Stadium in Sikeston. (David Jenkins photo)

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FARMINGTON -- The Sikeston Bulldog tennis team fell to host Farmington on Monday in the opening round of the Class 2, District 1 Tournament.

Tournament scoring gives the first team to win five matches the win and advances them to the next round of the tournament.

In singles competition, competitors face off in a best of three match format while in doubles competition the first pair to eight points wins.

Farmington won the first three singles duals of the afternoon and closed out the day winning two of three double matches to seal the win.

Sikeston's lone win came in doubles play with Edward McClain and Jordan Wheatley taking down Ryan Schwartzkopf and Victor Lavelle 8-4.

"It was a very tough loss for the team," Bulldogs' head coach Russ Dial said. "Our expectations were high and we did play close to the best of our abilities. The top end of our rank order couldn't match Farmington's top three's abilities, so the first to five wins format made it a quick win for Farmington.

"Our four, five and six were still playing when our opponents reached five wins and were all up in their matches, but it was too late."

Sikeston will look to keep their season alive in the individual portion of the Class 2, District 1 Tournament when they travel back to Farmington on Friday.

Singles

Ian Powers (F) def. Layton Jones (S), 6-1, 6-0

Alex England (F) def. Mark Jones (S), 6-1, 6-2

Seth Currington (F) def. Coby McMikle (S), 6-0, 6-0

Doubles

Powers/England (F) def. Layton Jones/Brett Johnson (S), 8-1

Currington/Grant Harrison (F) def. Mark Jones/McMikle (S), 8-3

Edward McClain/Jordan Wheatley (S) def. Ryan Schwartzkopf/Victor Lavelle (F), 8-4

BASEBALL

East Carter 9, Sikeston 4

SIKESTON -- Tagged with seven runs in the seventh inning, Sikeston fell to visiting East Carter.

Three hits and four walks off of Sikeston reliever Trent Sidwell led to East Carter's comeback. Sikeston (13-10) led 4-2 entering the last frame.

Aaron Boyer and Lane Crowley each had two hits for East Carter (16-6). Trey Hampton added a triple.

Sikeston was led by Blake Wolferding's two hits, including a double. Colton Hampton added a two-run single and Wyatt Pratt had an RBI single.

The Sikeston junior varsity defeated East Carter 8-2 behind 10 hits.

Bryce Bays had two hits and Ben Ray had a double while Will Gilmer earned the win on the mound. Sikeston (7-6) scored three runs in the second and five more in the third to secure the win.

East Carter010 100 7 -- 9 7 1
Sikeston000 040 0 -- 4 6 1

WP -- Alex Cogins. LP -- Trent Sidwell. Multiple hitters: (E) Aaron Boyer 2-4, Lane Crowley 2-2; (S) Blake Wolferding 2-4. 2B: (E) Boyer; (S) Wolferding. 3B: (E) Trey Hampton.

Chaffee 4, Leopold 1

LEOPOLD -- With three runs in the final three innings the Chaffee Red Devils slipped past Leopold.

Chaffee scored in the top of the first before the Wildcats knotted things up in the second.

After two innings of scoreless play the Red Devils added a run in the fifth to go ahead for good before adding another two runs in the sixth.

Austin Copeland picked up the win with 4 2/3 innings of work. He didn't surrender a run while allowing three hits, no walks and striking out eight.

Lane Dunning and Bailey Owens collected two hits apiece. Lane Henson and Kodi Ballard each doubled.

Chaffee100 012 0 - 4 8 5
Leopold010 000 0 - 1 6 1

WP -- Austin Copeland. LP -- Cooper. Multiple hitters: (C) Lane Dunning 2-2, Bailey Owens 2-4; (L) Garrett Thele 2-4, M. Ford 2-4. 2B -- (C) Lane Henson, Kodi Ballard; (L) Thele, Eeftink.

Bell City 5, East Prairie 1

BELL CITY -- A four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning proved the difference Tuesday as Bell City downed visiting East Prairie.

The Cubs (19-2) scored a run in the first innings to take an early lead that held until the top of the sixth. That's when the Eagles (7-13) tied things up with a run only to see four runs by Bell City in the bottom of the frame break the game open and make up the final.

Cole Nichols gets the win with a complete game effort where he allowed seven hits and no walks while striking out 10.

David Wells led East Prairie, who outhit the Cubs 7-6, by going 2 for 3 at the plate.

East Prairie000 001 0 -- 1 7 1
Bell City100 004 x -- 5 6 1

WP -- Cole Nichols. LP -- Sam Wallace. Multiple hitters: (E) David Wells 2-3. (B) Jesse Smith 2-3. 2B -- (B) Brandon Abner, Cole Nichols.

Kelly 18, SCC 3

BENTON (SMNS) -- Ty Householder drove in four runs as the Hawks closed conference play at home with a five-inning victory.

Householder, who had a triple and went 4 for 5 at the plate, also went the distance on the mound for Kelly (11-15, 3-3 Scott-Mississippi Conference). He allowed one earned run, struck out 11 and walked three.

Steven Burton was the losing pitcher for Scott County Central (9-8, 3-4). He threw 2/3 of an inning and gave up six earned runs on two hits. He walked three and struck out none.

SCC100 20 -- 3 3 5
Kelly990 0x -- 18 11 4

WP -- Ty Householder. LP -- Steven Burton. 3B -- Ty Householder (K). 2B -- Jonathon Tyler (K). Multiple hits -- Kelly: Levi Alsup 3-3, Ty Householder 4-5.

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