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Post 114 routs Jackson

Wednesday, July 9, 2003

Sikeston's Josh Miller makes a throw to first base in Tuesday's American Legion game against Jackson
(Photo by Lance Hanlin, Staff)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Senior American Legion baseball team rallied from seven runs down to defeat Jackson 18-8 in eight innings on Tuesday at VFW Stadium.

Post 114 (10-7, 2-5 district) trailed 7-0 heading into the bottom of the second before exploding for seven runs to tie the game.

Jackson (20-15, 1-5 district) was able to take an 8-7 lead in the top of the fourth but Post 114 scored 11 runs over the next five innings to enforce the 10-run mercy rule.

"We've shown all year long that we've got the ability to come back," said Sikeston head coach Charlie Dye.

Dye was hoping the team would respond after a second place finish in the Anheuser Busch Tournament in St. Louis.

"It's a good win," said Dye. "We were hoping to carry some momentum from the good showing we had in St. Louis."

The top showing on Tuesday was by pitcher Ben Stricklin. The right-hander allowed seven runs in the first two innings, but settled down and allowed just one unearned run and zero hits over the last six innings to get the complete game win.

"You really give this win to Ben Stricklin," said Dye. "He really bowed his neck after that second inning and he found himself. He threw the ball really well in the next five innings and gave us an opportunity to come back. It helped that we were able to score some runs, but the bottom line is he didn't allow any hits in the last six innings."

Sikeston started its comeback in the bottom of the second when they sent 12 batters to the plate. The team hit five doubles in the inning to tie the score at 7-7.

"They're a really good club at the plate," said Jackson head coach Mark Lewis. "They swing the bat very well."

Sikeston took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth when they plated five runs to take a 12-8 edge.

Post 114 padded the lead even more in the bottom of the fifth highlighted by a two-run home run by Ben Pyles.

Matt Smith added a solo shot in the seventh.

Post 114 scored two runs in the eighth with Nathan Eaves' bases loaded walk ending the game.

"I thought we let down, obviously," said Lewis. "We didn't take good at-bats the rest of the game and it really hurt us. They battled back in it and we just couldn't turn the switch back on."

Stricklin threw eight innings and allowed eight runs (five earned) off six hits. He struck out seven and walked four.

"I thought he settled down and he started getting his curveball over," said Lewis of Stricklin. "I think that was the biggest tell-tale. In the first inning he just tried to throw it by us and we were hitting it. When he got his curveball over he was adjusting his speeds and that made the difference."

Jackson's Jason Meystedt took the loss. He threw four innings and allowed 12 runs (10 earned) off 11 hits. He struck out four and walked five.

Sikeston pounded out 14 hits off four Jackson pitchers. Drew Lawrence, Scotty Keenan, Willie Dooley, Smith, Jake Kimball and Richard Landers each had two hits.

Pyles led the team with four RBIs.

Josh Parham led Jackson with two hits and two runs scored.

"Offensively, it was up and down the lineup," said Dye. "You score seven runs in one inning and get five doubles -- that's everybody. That seems to be the way we've played it all year long.

"The kids stayed within themselves. They didn't try to get it all back with one swing. We just kept plugging away. We got the momentum back and kept it going."

Sikeston will host Fulton City on Thursday at 6 p.m.