Area sports digest

Friday, July 12, 2002

Cape Legion blanked at Dunklin County

SENATH, Mo. -- Cape Girardeau's Ford & Sons American Legion baseball team suffered an 8-0 District 14 loss to Dunklin County Thursday night.

Dunklin County improved to 27-4 overall and remained undefeated in district play. Cape fell to 15-14 overall and 6-3 in the district.

Southeast Missouri State University recruit Nathan Baker allowed four hits in eight innings for the victory. He struck out nine and walked one.

John Thies took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) and five hits in six innings. He fanned three and walked two. Jeff Brosey hurled a perfect seventh while Wayne Essner gave up three runs (two earned) and three hits in the eighth.

Jackson, Sikeston win in Junior Legion district

JACKSON, Mo. -- Top-seeded Jackson held off fourth-seeded Dunklin County and No. 2 Sikeston edged No. 3 Cape Girardeau as the District 14 Junior American Legion Tournament began Thursday.

Jackson (19-14) built an 8-0 lead and held on after Dunklin County scored seven runs in the final two innings.

Brandon Stearns pitched 5 1/3 innings for the victory, allowing five hits and two earned runs. Tony Longman had the final out for a save.

Jackson had 10 hits, led by Trey Bush with two doubles. Longman and Kyle McMinn added two hits each. Tyler Profilet had a two-run triple.

Jordan Kimball pitched all seven innings for Sikeston (25-12). Blake Urhahn took the loss for Cape (32-15), giving up five hits and four runs.

Today, Cape plays Dunklin County in a 5 p.m. elimination game and Jackson faces Sikeston in the 8 p.m. winner's bracket final.

Ponder on preseason All-American squad

Southeast Missouri State University wide receiver Willie Ponder has been picked as a second-team preseason NCAA Division I-AA All-American by Lindy's magazine.

Ponder, entering his senior season, caught 70 passes for 1,090 yards and a school-record 11 touchdowns during his rookie campaign with the Indians last year.

Ponder was the second player in Southeast history to have over 1,000 receiving yards in a season and his reception total ranks third all-time for a single season.

Southeast product plays in Frontier All-Star Game

Former Southeast Missouri State University baseball player Darin Kinsolving competed in Wednesday night's Frontier League All-Star Game in Kalamazoo, Mich. He went 0-for-1 with a walk.

Kinsolving, a first baseman for the Chillicothe (Ohio) Paints, ranks high in several offensive categories of the independent Frontier League. He is tied for first in home runs (10), tied for second in runs batted in (39) and tied for second in extra-base hits (20).

Kinsolving, who is hitting .305, completed his eligibility at Southeast in 2000. He is in his third season in the Frontier League, including the last two with the Paints.

-- From staff reports

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