Dexter, Bernie, Naylor reach district baseball finals
By DAR STAFF
While rain postponed the MSHSAA Class 2 District 3 semifinals Tuesday, three area teams pushed their way into district championship games.
The games at Three Rivers' Raider Field will be played today with the final still set for 4 p.m. Thursday, weather permitting.
Clearwater and Neelyville are scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. today followed by Twin Rivers and Greenville.
Naylor 8, Ellington 1
Ryan Kovach's three-run home run in the first got the Eagles off to a good start as they rolled to the Class 1 District 4 final at Winona.
Kovach drove in five runs and the Eagles (4-8) showed improved discipline at the plate, striking out only five times.
"The last two games, the top of our order has been getting on," Naylor coach Glen Eubanks said. "We're just putting hit together at the right time."
Josh Cullison struck out four and scattered seven hits to get the win.
Ethan Hoffman went 2-for-3 to lead the Whippets 7-6).
Dexter 8, Kennett 1
The Bearcats put three runs on the board in the first inning and scored in nearly every frame in the MSHSAA Class 3 District 1 semifinal in Cape Girardeau.
Eric Windham had an RBI single in the first and David Hessling drove in a pair as the Bearcats took the early lead and established the tone of the game.
Cody Stause threw a twohitter for the Bearcats, allowing only an unearned run after the Indians' first batter of the game reached on an error.
"Cody had command of the game the whole way," Dexter coach Brian Becker said. "He just shut them down and had the outing we needed."
Dexter will face host Notre Dame in the championship at 6:30 p.m. today.
Bernie 1, Bell City 0
Silas Dill went 2-for-2, doubling and driving in the game's only run as the Mules 14-7) advanced to a meeting with top-seeded Oran in Thursday's Class 1 District 2 championship game at Leopold.
Quinton Stevens went five innings to earn the win, throwing a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and eight walks.
Bell City's Nick Niemczyk took the loss, striking out six and walking three.
Portageville 5, South Pemiscot 2
Jacob Estes' 3-run home run in the first was the difference for the Bulldogs as they claimed their first Class 2 District 1 championship at Campbell.
Brandon Dennison went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple for the Bulldogs.
Mikey Johnson pitched a four-hitter, striking out six and walking five to pick up the win.