(Photos by Josh Mills, Staff)
SCOTT CITY -- The season got underway on Tuesday afternoon for the Sikeston Bulldogs baseball team, but the opener didn't go as many expected with Scott City coming out on top 9-0 in seven innings. For the Rams (3-0), it was the first victory over the visiting Bulldogs in head coach Kevin Self's tenure which began in 1997.
"That's the best team that they've had since my first year," said Self, commenting on the victory of Scott City. "In 1997 they had a really good squad."
"As long as I can remember that's the first time we've beat them in a long time," said Scott City coach Lance Amick. "They're a solid team, the premiere program in this area for years and that shows what coach Self is made of. It's just nice to be part of something that can beat that. Today we were just better."
For Sikeston, it was a rough start as the first inning saw Missouri State signee Ryan Modglin ring up the first three batters in order.
After a quiet top half in the second inning, Baker was back on the hill fanning two Scott City hitters.
Modglin continued his performance from the mound in the top of the third, and in the bottom half of the inning began to support his own cause as he put a home run ball in the jet-stream to left field to make the score 4-0.
Five walks later, and still in the third, Shae Simmons came to the plate taking reliever Matt Ritch the distance with an opposite-field shot to right field as well. The Rams threw six runs on the board in the third and that would be all that Modglin would need from the hill.
"I thought Ryan Modglin was the real deal today," said Self after the game. "I thought he threw the ball well."
"I was asking Mitch Webster, a scout sitting behind the fence, what he was throwing and he said anywhere from 86-90 mph," he added. "I was guessing low to mid-80's. You know, every once in a while he would turn it loose. He threw the ball and he moved it in and out."
Modglin took the win, going six innings with no runs allowed on three hits, one hit batter, three walks, and 12 strikeouts on 97 pitches.
"He threw strikes and he didn't give us a lot, like before," said Self. "He didn't walk too many. We hit a few balls hard, but we just never could get the hits."
Self said that the defensive aspect of the game was a key factor in the road defeat.
"Defensively we just didn't show up," he said. "There were a lot of pop-ups that we should have caught. We just never did quite get our feet on the ground and make the plays."
The Bulldogs had four errors in the seven inning stint, with three of them coming while Baker was on the mound.
Baker was handed the loss, as he threw 2 2-3 innings, allowing two earned runs on one hit and six walks. He checked out with three strikeouts.
At the plate, five players picked up hits for Sikeston, Scott Droddy, Vince Howard, Baker, Cody Anderson and Josh Pierce. Droddy, Howard and Baker's hits were both doubles, while Pierce and Anderson reached on singles.
Modglin and Simmons were the only two Rams that picked up hits in the victory. Simmons went 1-for-4 at the plate with a 3-run home run, and Modglin finished the day going 2-for-3 with a single and a solo home run.
Weather held the Bulldogs off the field last week, as they missed games against Notre Dame and Kelly, while Scott City was able to pick up a win against Jackson in week one and another against New Madrid County Central on Monday.
"I'm sure playing a game makes a big difference," said Self when asked about the one-week layoff from action. "Scott City has played a game or two. It helps getting a game in for sure, early on. I think we'll play differently tomorrow than we did today. But still, it was just one of those days."
The Bulldogs (0-1) will try to bounce back today, as they take to the field at Cape Central High School in a meeting with the Tigers at 4:30 p.m.
Scott City 9, Sikeston 0
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WP -- Ryan Modglin; LP -- Seth Baker. 2B -- Scott Droddy (S), Vince Howard (S), Seth Baker (S); HR -- Shae Simmons (SC), Ryan Modglin (SC). Multiple hitters -- none (S); Ryan Modglin 2-3 (SC).