Kennett ends Sikeston's 2-game streak

Thursday, April 14, 2016

KENNETT, Mo. -- Kennett is developing a knack for having big plays come from a variety of players.

The latest came against Sikeston, when Ty Ellis slapped an RBI single to bring home Nathan Spence in the fourth inning to give the Indians a 3-2 lead.

"He came through with a big hit there." said Kennett coach Aaron New of the play that ultimately decided the game. "So far, one day it's been somebody, the next day it's been somebody else."

The aforementioned play propelled Kennett to it's third straight SEMO Conference victory.

The Indians went on to hold Sikeston to just two hits to close out the victory.

"It's kind of been one through nine and a couple of guys coming off the bench," added New of Kennett's recent success. "We've kind of got a little decent thing going here. Now we've just got to continue to keep it going."

Sikeston (8-4) earned a 2-0 lead early on by forcing mistakes out of Kennett's defense. The first run scored after a first inning error, then a Bryce Bays single in the second led to trouble from Kennett starting pitcher Jahaida Childress.

Childress went on to walk three, allowing Bays to score, but Childress worked his way out of a one out, bases loaded jam to escape further damage.

"Jahaida Childress did a great job on the mound," said New. "He kind of got himself in trouble in the second inning, a couple of walks there and gave up a run. From there on, he settled in and controlled the game. He could have let the second inning get away from him there, and he was able to get away from a bases loaded, one out situation.

The Indians' offense responded to Childress' escape by scoring two runs of their own to tie the game. Tyreik Thomas began the rally with a single before Childress reached on an error. Both runners scored after a single from Cameron West.

Childress held Sikeston hitless in the next two innings before being replaced at the mound by Zane Wallace. Wallace saw the tying run reach base in the final two innings, but he found a way to exit both with the lead intact.

The Indians improve to 7-3 on the season and 3-1 in the conference.

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