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Junior Legion defeats Scott County in district first round

Friday, July 8, 2005

CHAFFEE - The Sikeston Ladies Auxiliary Unit 114 Junior Legion baseball team won their first round District 14 playoff game against Scott County on Thursday in Chaffee, 9-1.

Sikeston, seeded second, will play on Saturday at 1 p.m. against top-seed Cape Girardeau.

Scott County will move to the loser's bracket where they will play at 8 p.m. versus Dunklin County tonight. Jackson plays Twin Rivers in the first game at 5:30 p.m.

Sikeston's Garrett Limbaugh was the winning pitcher, throwing six innings and allowing one run off five hits. He struck out eight, walked one and hit one batter.

"This is the first time he's pitched in a while -- he went six innings and looked real good for us," said coach Limbaugh.

Paul Bucher threw a scoreless seventh inning, allowing two walks while striking out two.

Sikeston (25-12) got on the board in the bottom of the first as Dylan Harris doubled and scored on Nick Lambert's two-out single.

"Nick got the big two-out single in the first and that got us going," said Limbaugh. "We came to play. We didn't make any errors. We had error-free baseball for the first time in a long time and that's the key to winning."

Scott County tied it in the top of the second, but Sikeston came right back with three more runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead for good.

Austin Williams provided a two-run single to break the tie.

In the bottom of the fourth, Limbaugh walked with two outs and eventually scored on an error.

In the fifth, Kody Campbell scored on an error. Josh Jackson's sacrifice fly and another Lambert run-scoring single pushed the Sikeston lead to 8-1.

Unit 114 scored its final run in the sixth when Caleb Seyer singled and eventually scored on a Bucher single.

Sikeston's hitters were Harris (2-3, double, 3 runs), Williams (1-4, 2 RBIs), Lambert (2-4, 2 RBIs), Campbell (1-3), Chase Ferrell (2 runs), Limbaugh (2-2, 3 runs), Bucher (1-1), Chase Seyer (1-1) and Jackson (RBI).

"We've split with Cape this year so we know we can beat them but they're the No. 1 seed and we've got to play well on Saturday," said Limbaugh.