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Sikeston posts second win in Champions Classic

Tuesday, April 2, 2002

JONESBORO, Ark. -- The Sikeston Bulldogs posted its second victory in the Champions Classic at Nettleton High School on Friday with a 5-4 win over Watson Chapel of Little Rock.

The game was stopped by rain in the bottom of the sixth with Sikeston batting.

Picking up the win in relief for the Bulldogs was sophomore hurler Scotty Keenan, who threw five innings and allowed two runs (one earned) off three hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Lance Rhodes started the game on the mound but only lasted one inning, allowing two runs (one earned) off one hit and two walks.

"(Rhodes') arm never loosened up and Scotty came in on short notice and did a whale of a job," said Sikeston head coach Kevin Self. "He had two innings where it was three-up, three-down. He was pretty conservative with his pitch count. We turned two double plays and on one of them he got their No. 4 hitter to ground back to him."

After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first, the Bulldogs plated four runs in the bottom half of the inning.

The Bulldogs led 5-2 before Watson Chapel got two more runs in the top of the third.

Sikeston was led by Adam Garrett's two hits with a run and a stolen base. Travis Deere had a two-run double in the first inning and also scored a run.

Others were Blake DeWitt (1-3, run), Jamie Puckett (1-3), Nathan Eaves (1-2, RBI) and Drew Lawrence (run, stolen base).

"We're not swinging the bats right now," said Self. "We're happy to get the wins but we're still playing young and making mental mistakes. But these things will get better with time."

Sikeston's game that was scheduled for Saturday in the Champions Classic was canceled due to the rain. Pitcher Chris Cota, who was hit on his finger while bunting in Thursday's game, has been diagnosed with a broken finger on his throwing hand. He will miss at least two weeks of action.

Sikeston's game at Poplar Bluff today has been moved from 4 p.m. to 3 p.m.