The Bernie Mules grabbed five runs in the first inning against Portageville on Monday and held on to win, 6-5, behind two hits each from Jake Welch and Jake Owens.
Owens had two RBIs in the five-run first inning while Silas Dill, Marcus Massey and Devin Busby also knocked in one run each as the Mules improved to 13-2 this spring. Welch homered in the second to make it 6-2 and Bernie survived a late rally by Portageville.
Bernie had nine hits in the game as Welch went 2-for-4 and Owens went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Dill threw all seven innings on the mound as he got the win. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits and struck out eight while walking five.
Clearwater 11, Greenville 1
Jake Hime and Isaac Kinnard had half of the Tigers' 12 hits as Clearwater rolled in six innings Monday.
Hime went 3-for-4 and scored twice while Kinnard was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Clearwater plated three runs in the third, three in the fifth and four in the sixth.
Kinnard also earned the win on the mound as he allowed
five hits, walked five and struck out five.
The Tigers also split two games this past Saturday, beating Cooter and losing to Valle Catholic. Daniel Smith had three hits in the 7-6 win over Cooter while Hime, Kendall Faye, Smith and Trey Hill all had two hits in the 11-6 loss to Valle Catholic.
The Tigers scored four runs in the seventh inning to beat Cooter as Ryan Hicks got the win on the mound after throwing two innings of relief. Chris Kirkpatrick took the loss against Valle after allowing nine earned runs on 10 hits. He also walked five and struck out three.
Twin Rivers 4, Puxico 2
Dylan Stockton held Puxico to just two late runs as his Royals defeated Puxico on Monday.
Stockton hurled six innings and allowed runs in the fifth and sixth frames. He struck out 11 and walked none while allowing six hits. Ryan Tompkins earned the save despite giving up a hit and two walks to load the bases in the seventh inning.
With the victory, Twin Rivers (9-7) more than likely earned the No. 2 seed in the district playoffs.
Holden Madison and James Bond led the Royals at the plate. Madison finished 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI and two stolen bases while Bond also recorded two hits, a run, an RBI and two stolen bases.
Puxico (8-2) was led by Jordan Copeland and Cody Clark with two hits apiece.
John Smith tossed all seven innings for Puxico, striking out four and walking none.
Greenville 9, Puxico 3
The Lady Bears posted five runs in the fourth inning to earn a nonconference win against Puxico on Monday.
During Greenville's big inning, Hannah Boyer led the way with her first of a pair of two-RBI doubles while Heather Moon also had an RBI.
Boyer finished with two hits and four RBIs while Lydia Walk also had two hits and an RBI. Sara Condray had a hit, an RBI and a steal. Chasity Allen added two hits.
Condray earned the win in seven innings. She struck out three and walked two while allowing seven hits.
Bernie 16, Clarkton 1
The Lady Mules pounded out 10 hits on Monday and ended the contest in the third inning.
Sami Palmer, Miranda McGowan and Krista Armbruster all had two hits to lead the offense. Palmer added three RBIs and two runs while Armbruster knocked in two and scored three. Amber Mirth scored twice and knocked in three while McGowan and Natalie Spitzer scored twice.
Clarkton got its only run on three walks and did not record a hit in the game.
"This was not a very good game to watch, but we'll take any win we can get," Bernie coach Jeff Rodgers said. "We have a tough week coming up playing every day this week."
Spitzer got the win as Bernie improved to 7-6. Spitzer threw two innings and allowed one run on no hits. She walked three and struck out four. Jenny Eubank pitched a scoreless third and did not give up a hit.
JUNIOR HIGH TRACK
The seventh-grade boys, seventh-grade girls and eighth-grade boys all finished second at the Jackson Invitational on Saturday while the eighth-grade girls finished sixth.
Jasmine Webb was the lone individual first-place finisher for the seventh-grade girls, winning the high jump with a leap of 4-feet-8-inches. The 400-meter relay team of Jasmine Webb, Marissa Webb, Heather Johnson and Mariah Williams took first with a time of 57.7 seconds.
Trent Eudaley led the seventh-grade boys with a top finish in the long jump, measuring in at 14-6 1/2.
Pete Bryant won the 100-meter dash in 11.8 while Josh Freeman won the 800-meters with a 2:15.00. Nick Shrum won the long jump with a distance of 16-8 1/2. The 400-meter relay team of Josh Townsend, Charles Gossett, Bryant and Shrum also finished first in 49.3.
Mariah Cooper won the discus (71-0) and the shot put (31-4). Hannah Blalock won the 800-meters in 2:29.8.