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Morning Sun
  • Southeast takes first loss of year

  • CHEROKEE — Southeast and Lamar (Mo.) played a close baseball game Monday evening in almost every sense of the word — both teams had nine hits, Lamar had five stolen bases and Southeast advanced on five wild pitches, neither team scored a run after the fourth inning, and each team finished committing one error.

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  • CHEROKEE — Southeast and Lamar (Mo.) played a close baseball game Monday evening in almost every sense of the word — both teams had nine hits, Lamar had five stolen bases and Southeast advanced on five wild pitches, neither team scored a run after the fourth inning, and each team finished committing one error.
    In the bottom of the third, Southeast thought it had tied up the game at 4 on an apparent Bryan Horgan sacrifice fly scoring Travis Trayer from third base. On the same line drive out, Lamar center fielder Alex Henderson saw Aaron Lake drifting between second and third base — Henderson threw back to second and Lake was called out. In between innings, the home plate umpire said the run did not count and took it off the scoreboard.
    “Bases loaded and one out,” Southeast head coach David Dainty said. “Guy at third was tagging, guy at second was reading the play in the outfield. Line drive was hit, ball was caught shallow center field and the ball was thrown back to second. The guy decided it was a force out so he called (the runner) out at second. Since it was a force out, the run didn’t count.”
    Instead of a tie score, Lamar went ahead 5-3 on a run in the fourth and held on for a 5-4 win over Southeast.
    “It was a good game,” Dainty said. “We played well. They played well. They’re a good team and that’s why we played them.”
    To its credit, Lamar made Southeast play from behind all game.
    Left fielder Mark Bartlett and shortstop-pitcher Markell White played major roles offensively — White drove in three runs and Bartlett two runs. Bartlett went 4-for-4 with three singles, one double, one run scored and three stolen bases; Aaron Lake threw Bartlett out at home in the bottom of the second. White hit 3-for-4 with two doubles, a single and one strikeout, which saw White sprint from the box to the dugout.
    Southeast pushed across two runs in the first, one in the third and one in the fourth against Lamar starter Derek Nagel.
    Daniel Peak reached on a dribbler in the infield, advanced to second on a wild pitch and used his speed to score on a Trayer single. Trayer moved ahead two bases on wild pitches and scored on a Aaron Lake 5-3 groundout. Cade Ulery gave Southeast its third single of the first but starting pitcher Jason Reed hit into a patented 4-6-3 double play.
    Peak, Southeast’s energizer at the top of the lineup, reached in the third as he was hit by a Nagel pitch. Peak would later score on an Reed infield single.
    Freshman catcher Caleb Biancarelli led off the fourth with a single, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Nick Junior 6-3 groundout. Neither team scored from this point on as pitchers Lake and Ulery took over for Southeast and White did so for Lamar.
    Page 2 of 2 - In a game where none of the five pitchers dominated with strikeouts, defensive play became a priority and both teams combined for two errors.
    “We played pretty good defense,” Dainty said a few minutes after the game. “They hit the ball well. They put the ball in play. I don’t know if we had any errors or not. I haven’t looked at the book yet but we played solid defense. They played solid defense too, it was one of those games where one run’s the deciding run. Just one of those games.”
    Southeast dropped its first game of the season (7-1) and puts its undefeated Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League record (4-0) on the line next Monday against Riverton in Riverton.
    Lamar (Mo.) 5, Southeast 4
    LHS    220 100 0 — 5 9 1
    SE    201 100 0 — 4 9 1
    Derek Nagel, Markell White (5) and Jason Norwood. Jason Reed, Aaron Lake (3), Cade Ulery (6) and Caleb Biancarelli. WP — Nagel. LP — Reed. 2B — White 2, Mark Bartlett. SB — Bartlett 3, White 2; Caleb Biancarelli, Daniel Peak. CS — Nagel. SH — Nagel. LOB — LHS 6, SE 5.
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