MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. -- The Sikeston Senior American Legion Post 114 baseball team went 1-2 at the Mountain Home, Ark., Tournament over the weekend.
Post 114 lost to Bentonville (Ark.) 15-6 and Bryant (Ark.) 6-2 before winning against Olathe (KS) 10-4 in their last game.
Bentonville and Bryant were ranked No. 2 and 5 respectively in the state of Arkansas heading into the tournament.
"Overall I was really pleased with the way we played," said Sikeston head coach Charlie Dye. "When you take on the No. 2 and 5 ranked teams in the state of Arkansas, you know you're playing some good teams. Our kids never got down. They fought and they weren't intimidated by any stretch of the imagination. I wouldn't mind playing both of those clubs again. On any given day we could jump up and get them."
Bentonville scored 12 runs in the first inning to open up the game right off the bat.
Sikeston was able to keep the score respectable by outscoring Bentonville 6-3 the rest of the way but the lead was too much to overcome.
"Take away the first inning and we were more than competitive," said Dye. "We got down 12-0 early and we came back and fought and got it back to 12-6 and then we had the bases loaded. A lot of teams would've packed it in and quit but the kids stuck right in it until the final out."
Adam Garrett led Post 114 offensively, going 2-4 with 2 doubles. He also had two RBIs and a run scored. Drew Lawrence went 2-3 with a double, a run and an RBI.
Others were Blake DeWitt (run, RBI), Brad Deere (1-3), Jacob Priday (1-3, 2B, run), Mark Adam Wade (1-3, run, RBI), Nathan Eaves (1-1, run) and Lance Rhodes (1-1).
Jake Kimball was the losing pitcher.
In the second game, Sikeston's offense was stagnant against a tough Bryant left-handed pitcher.
"Again we ran into a hot pitcher from a good ballclub and we just weren't able to generate any offense to speak of," said Dye.
Garrett once again led the team, going 2-4 with a double. Others were Lawrence (1-4), Priday (1-2), Kimball (1-3, 2B, run), Eaves (1-3) and Adam Miller (1-1).
DeWitt was the losing pitcher. He threw all seven innings while striking out four.
In the third game against Olathe, Sikeston jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the third inning and never trailed. Post 114 scored five runs in the seventh inning to put the game away.
"We hit the ball real good up and down the lineup and got a solid pitching performance out of Lance and came way with a much-needed win in the tournament," said Dye. "You never like to go anywhere and go 0-3."
Rhodes got the complete game win, striking out four and scattering eight hits.
Lawrence capped off a good weekend by going 3-4 with an RBI. Scotty Keenan went 2-3 with two RBIs including a home run.
DeWitt also had two RBIs and a home run.
Others were Garrett (run), Priday (1-4, 2 runs, 2B), Wade (1-3, 2B, run, RBI), Deere (1-3, run), Andrew Lambert (1-1, 3B, run, RBI) and Dustin Kelley (1-2, run).
"I think it was a good experience for them," said Dye. "We're very young and we're going up against older, veteran ballclubs and a lot of times you're going to come away with a loss. But I think it was a good weekend for the kids. I think they learned quite a bit and we got to see some good teams and good pitching. I was just proud of the way they handled themselves and conducted themselves."
Sikeston (6-3) will host Charleston today at 7 p.m. at VFW Stadium in a district contest.