SIKESTON -- Sikeston Auto Service took second place in the Musial League this year, finishing with a record of 8-4.
"The whole team improved a lot," said SAS manager Steve Deere. "Everybody hustled both on and off the field, that is huge at this age. And they were never out of any game. Of the few that we lost, it came down to the last inning."
Evan Deere and Nathan Rodgers did the majority of the pitching for the team, and switched off at shortstop. Zack Partin played first base, Dillon Kimball was on second, Christopher Limbaugh was at third and Zackery Myers was behind the plate.
The outfield consisted of Jacob Murphy, Andrew Williams, Eric Sharp, Richard Justice, Matthew Meeker and Josh Bill Jr. Deere, Rodgers and Myers were selected to the all-star team.
"The guys that made the all-star team were probably the most experienced players coming in," said Deere. "They helped us in the tight games a lot. Chris Limbaugh was a newcomer that had never played organized ball before this year. I would say he was our most improved player. Zack Partin did a nice defensive job at first. Drew Williams and Jacob Murphy also did a nice job, as did the rest of the team. When you have a team that finishes in the top few, you usually have six or seven pretty solid players that contribute."
Sikeston Auto Service was seeded second in the year-end tournament, losing to the Standard Democrat in the championship game. Standard Democrat also won the regular season championship.
Members of the 2002 Sikeston Auto Service team in the Musial League of Sikeston Area Youth Baseball are Evan Deere, Zackery Myers, Zack Partin, Dillon Kimball, Jacob Murphy, Andrew Williams, Eric Sharp, Richard Justice, Matthew Meeker, Josh Bill Jr., Nathan Rodgers and Christopher Limbaugh. The team was coached by Steve Deere, Mike Helms and Mike Partin.