ELLSINORE -- The Sikeston Bulldogs may not be rebuilding as much as most would think, if Friday's performance against East Carter County says anything about it.
The Bulldogs pounded out 18 hits, including six home runs, in a 22-5 blowout of East Carter in Ellsinore.
The win improves the Bulldogs to 3-0 on the season and are showing signs of becoming a potent offense all of a sudden, despite graduating nearly every top run-producer from last year.
"They're starting to believe," said Sikeston coach Kevin Self. "After the Cape game, which we swung really well in, we started swinging better in practice. And we swung them good today. We're improving and that's what we've got to continue to do. I'm still tinkering with the order to get them in the right spot."
After an unimpressive season-opening 5-2 win against Scott City, the Bulldogs had a solid performance with a 10-5 win against Cape Central on Wednesday.
Then came Friday's out-of-nowhere offensive explosion.
"Several kids in our lineup all the way down the bottom had at least one hard hit ball," said Self. "Almost every one of them. I thought we swung the bats well, especially considering we were in a park where we could just go up there wailing for the fences. And I don't feel like we did that."
Playing in a park where the dimensions are 310 on the corners, but only 280 to centerfield due to a creek beyond the fence, the Bulldogs took advantage of the short porch.
Sikeston raced out to a 9-0 lead in the first two innings before East Carter delivered a big blow themselves, with a grand slam in the bottom of the second.
The Bulldogs still led 10-5 heading into the fourth inning when they scored two runs and then ran off 10 runs in the top of the fifth to enforce the 10-run rule.
Cullen DeHart went 3-5 with three runs and four RBIs. He also clubbed two 400-foot home runs which Self called "monster shots."
Tyler Baker went 2-4 with two home runs and three RBIs. J.R. Bizzell was 2-5 with a home run and three RBIs. He also had three runs scored and two stolen bases.
The Bulldogs' other home run was hit by Ross Merideth, who was 3-4 with three runs and a double.
Merideth was also the winning pitcher, throwing all five innings. He allowed five runs (four earned) off six hits. He struck out six and walked one.
Sikeston sophomore Jerod Scott went 2-3 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Other Bulldog hitters were Eric Chappell (1-3, 2 runs, 2B, RBI), Cody Black (1
-1, 2B, RBI, run), Matt Limbaugh (1-3, 3 runs, SB), Richard Landers (1-2, 2 runs, 2B), Josh Jackson (1-3, 2 runs) and Andrew Box (1-1, RBI).
In addition to the Bulldogs' 18 hits, East Carter pitchers allowed eight walks and hit two batters.
Sikeston will play a makeup game with Notre Dame on Monday at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs will then host Poplar Bluff on Tuesday and will play another makeup game with Kelly on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
The Sikeston JV team improved to 2-1 on the season with an 8-0 victory against East Carter.
Joey Williams tossed the complete-game shutout in five innings, allowing just three hits with no walks and nine strikeouts.
Chase Ferrell was 2-2 with a home run, a double and two RBIs. Scott Droddy was 1-1 with a home run and three RBIs.
Austin Williams, Dustin Barker, Seth Baker, Stan Ivie, Zach Friend and Tyler Dame each had one hit. Barker and Ivie each had one RBI.
ORAN --The Oran Eagles baseball team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 21-0, five inning win against Scott County Central.
Oran plated four runs apiece in the first and second innings before exploding for 13 runs in the third.
Paul Bucher was the winning pitcher in three innings of work, allowing three hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
Cody Campbell threw two innings of scoreless relief, striking out three batters.
M. Freed was the losing pitcher for Scott Central, allowing seven hits and 13 runs (5 earned) in two innings. He struck out one and walked three.
Oran was led by Trevor Irwin's 3-4 day with a double and three RBIs. Caleb Seyer went 2-3 with a triple and two RBIs.
Bucher helped his own cause with a three-run double. Campbell had a run-
Paul Johnson led Scott Central with two hits. Freed also had a hit.
Oran will play at North Pemiscot on Monday at 4 p.m.
BROSELEY - The New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles softball team defeated Twin Rivers 8-7 on Friday.
Karrah Tanner was the winning pitcher, throwing all seven innings and allowing nine hits. He struck out five and walked four.
Eight of the nine NMCC starters collected hits.
Amelia Porter led the way with three hits and three RBIs. Andrea Williamson had two hits and two runs scored.
NMCC is now 3-1 on the season.