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CHAFFEE -- The Chaffee Red Devils lost a hard-fought late-inning battle against the Kennett Indians on Thursday, as the Indians scored three runs in the top of the eighth to break a tie ball game and hold on for the win.
The Red Devils did manage to climb out of an early hole when they found themselves down by five runs after three innings of play. With three in the fourth and two in the fifth, Chaffee was right back in the ball game.
Kennett scored one run on the board in the sixth inning and was hoping that would be enough for the win. But, the Red Devils battled back yet again and put one run across in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at six runs apiece.
In the top of the eighth inning, the Indians threatened with two runners on and two outs. The Red Devils decided to intentionally walk the bases loaded so they wouldn't face Kennett's hottest hitter of the day, Branan. The next batter, Blue, came up big with a single to score two runs and put the Indians ahead for good.
"I thought we did a good job battling back," Chaffee head coach Brian Horrell said. "The kids battled all day and we just came up short."
Risco 10, Gideon 7
GIDEON -- Risco's Brandon Bennett threw a complete game, striking out 14 to lead the Tigers to a 10-7 win over Gideon Thursday afternoon.
Bennett pitched all seven innings, allowing seven runs on 12 hits while 14 of his 12 strikeouts were swinging.
Justin Earhheart finished the day 3-4 for Risco (8-8) with two home runs.
Cooter 10, Caruthersville 0
COOTER -- Cooter rode a strong pitching performance by junior Aaron McCaig to a 10-0 win over Caruthersville.
McCaig allowed four hits, struck out six, and walked two and the Wildcats made only one error in the contest.
Cooter (16-2) had hits with Aaron Brown and Evan House getting 2 each. One of Brown's was a 3-run shot in the sixth to end the game via the 10-run rule.
Caruthersville left Chris Littrell pitched well striking out eight, but the Tiger defense committed five errors which opened the flood gates in the fourth inning for the Wildcats.
Roy Leasure, Gardner, Middleton, and VanAusdall had a hit each for the Tigers.
NMCC 9, Senath 0
SENATH -- The New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles softball team recorded their 13th victory on the season in a 9-0 shutout over Senath-Hornersville.
Kelly Robey pitched another no-hitter in seven innings of work. She struck out 14 batters and walked only two.
Shelby Lawrence led the Lady Eagles with four hits. Alexis Wells connected on three hits, one being a double. Sonni Carlisle had two hits and a double, while Robey and Courtney Masterson each had two hits, respectively.