KENNETT - The Sikeston baseball team took to the road and defeated the Kennett Indians 7-3 on Wednesday afternoon to improve to 12-0 on the season.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Indians (3-10) tied things up in the bottom of the third.
Sikeston broke the game open with four runs in the top of the fifth highlighted by a Lance Rhodes two-run double to lead 6-3. Scotty Keenan's RBI-single drove in the go-ahead run.
Bulldog hurler Lance Rhodes threw all seven innings, allowing three runs off eight hits. He struck out seven and walked one.
Kennett's Ben Foster took the loss, throwing 4 2/3 innings and allowing seven runs off 11 hits.
"I thought he threw really well," said Sikeston head coach Kevin Self. "He had good pop and had good stuff but he hung a couple breaking balls and they hit them. His stuff was as good as I've seen and they still hit him hard with authority in the gaps."
Sikeston jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Jacob Priday's two-run double off the centerfield fence.
The Bulldogs added one more run in the top of the second when Zach Fayette doubled and scored on a fielder's choice by Rhodes.
Keenan and Blake DeWitt led the Bulldogs hitting. Keenan went 2-for-4 with an run, RBI, walk and stolen base. DeWitt went 2-4 with a run, RBI and a walk.
J.R. Bizzell and Richard Landers each had two hits. Bizzell also had a run and a walk. Fayette went 2-4 with 2 runs and a double.
Others were Rhodes (1-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2B, BB), Priday (1-3, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 BB) and Eaves (2 BB).
The Bulldogs had seven walks among their first five hitters.
"I thought Kennett played tough," said Self. "Their pitchers were way above average. And they swung the bats as good as anybody. And it wasn't just one pitch. They hit everything thrown at them. As was really impressed with their bats. It's hard for me to believe that they've only won three games."
Sikeston will play at Jackson today at 4 p.m.