(photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Junior Legion Auxiliary Unit 114 baseball team closed out its regular season with a doubleheader sweep of Poplar Bluff Junior Legion on Monday at VFW Stadium.
Unit 114 won 14-4 in the first game in six innings after it was stopped due to the mercy rule. Sikeston won the second game due to a forfeit by Poplar Bluff for having ineligible players.
Sikeston (24-12, 5-3) will now wait and see if it can attain the top seed in the upcoming district tournament at Jackson on Thursday.
"This is our district week," said Sikeston head coach Jeff Limbaugh. "We still don't know what we're going to be seeded. We're just playing every game like it's our last."
Sikeston had no trouble disposing of Poplar Bluff in the first game, jumping out to a 4-0 lead and an 8-2 advantage after three innings.
Poplar Bluff was able to get the score to 10-4 in the top of the fifth but it couldn't get any closer.
Sikeston pounded out 14 hits in the game.
"We hit the ball well," said Limbaugh. "Everybody up and down the order was producing."
In addition to Sikeston's strong offense, Poplar Bluff was booting routine plays to keep innings alive.
"We went for a stretch where we weren't putting the ball in play," said Limbaugh. "Today we didn't have many strikeouts. When you put the ball in play anything can happen. That's what we did and we were able to take advantage of some opportunities."
Sikeston had several multiple hitters on the evening. Leading the charge was Matt Limbaugh, who went 2-3 with three RBIs, and Jordan Penn, who went 2-4 with three runs scored.
Other multiple hitters were Ross Merideth (2-4, 2 RBIs), Ben Pyles (2-4, run) and John Robert Bizzell (2-3, run).
Cullen DeHart picked up the win on the mound. He pitched five innings, allowing four runs (two earned) off five hits. He struck out three and walked one. He also had three runs scored on offense.
"Cullen didn't throw the ball very hard, but he spotted his pitches well," said Limbaugh. "After the first inning he did a pretty good job."
Richard Landers pitched one inning of scoreless relief.
Atteberry took the loss for Poplar Bluff.
Unit 114 splits with Marshall County
The Sikeston Junior Legion team split a doubleheader with Marshall County (Ky.) on Sunday.
Sikeston won the first game 6-5 but lost the nightcap 16-10.
Jordan Kimball picked up the win on the mound in the first game for Unit 114.
Landers was the top hitter on the day, going 2-4 with three RBIs, two runs and a triple.
Others were Josh Miller (run), Merideth (run), Pyles (1-3, RBI, run, 2B), DeHart (1-4, RBI), Kimball (1-2) and Bizzell (1-2, run).
In the second game, Sikeston had three players record three hits: DeHart (2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Bizzell (3-5, 2 runs, RBI) and Landers (3-5, 2 runs, RBI).
Others were Penn (2-5, run, 2 RBIs, 2B), Jeffrey Hunter (2-4), Miller (1-2, run), Limbaugh (run), Tyler Baker (1-4, RBI), Eric Chappell (1-3, RBI) and Andy Gantner (run).