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Mississippi trip for area teams starts out on wrong foot

High school teams from Central, Farmington and Fredericktown took their baseball skills south to the state of Mississippi to participate in the Southaven Classic from Thursday to Saturday, and since Central did not play, they were the only one able to escape without a loss on the first day.

Southaven 11, Farmington 6

SOUTHAVEN, MS — The Farmington Knights played even with the host team until one out in the bottom of the third inning. The game became quickly lopsided in favor of the Southaven Chargers (8-3) before the next two outs were recorded. Scoring seven runs in the inning, the Chargers went on to an 11-6 win to hand Farmington a loss in their very first game of the 2008 season.

The Chargers used very little power in gaining the upper hand. A solo home run in the fifth inning by Brandon Bishop was the only extra-base hit in the game.

Southaven tagged starting pitcher Adam Blum with the loss by sending 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the third, using five singles and taking advantage of two walks, two hit batsmen and a Farmington error to jump out to an 8-1 lead.

Farmington’s first run came on a throwing error by the Chargers’ catcher in the first inning for a very brief lead. Southaven matched the run in the bottom of the inning using only their first three batters.

After the Chargers blow-out in the third, an infield single by Andy Summers produced a run and the Knights took advantage of another throwing error by the Chargers’ catcher to score their third run on the same play.

Free bases by the Knights issued to the Chargers, plated a second run in the fifth inning to again give Southaven a seven-run advantage, 10-3. Singles by Nick Baker and Derek Smallen in the sixth inning set up a third run-scoring error by the Chargers on a ball thrown away at first by the pitcher allowing two more runs to cross the plate for the Knights.

Summers hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to score Baker who had reached on an infield single.

Alex Freund, Michael Stanfuss and Baker had two hits apiece in the game for the Knights. Blum took the loss, having only pitched two-and-two-thirds innings. Dalton Short got the win striking out 14 batters in his five-and-two-thirds inning of work.

Farmington will play two games today against South Panola at 2 p.m. and Horn Lake at 4:30 p.m.

Grenada 20, Fredericktown 7

HORN LAKE, MS — It wasn’t pretty. After one inning the Fredericktown Blackcats trailed by only 2-1, but before the next three outs were made the Grenada Chargers had sent 21 batters to the plate and the score had ballooned to 17-1. The game went five innings with the Chargers finally winning by a score of 20-7.

Paul McCarley and Andre Yates both hits home runs for the Chargers.

Fredericktown (1-1) scored three runs in their half of the second without a hit. A throwing error by Grenada’s pitcher let two runs score, and the third scored on a ground-out. The Blackcats scored four more late, again with the help of the Chargers’ fielding mishaps.

Fredericktown will continue their Mississippi quest today at 5 p.m. when they take on DeSoto Central.

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