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Dunklin County shuts out Sikeston

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

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Sikeston's Richard Landers has one of Sikeston's three hits.
KENNETT - The Sikeston Senior American Legion Post 114 baseball team lost its first game of the season at the hands of Dunklin County, 7-0 in Kennett on Monday.

Dunklin County got a strong pitching performance out of Dylan Gurley, who went the full nine innings. Gurley allowed three hits and four walks while striking out six.

Dunklin County scored two runs in the fourth innings, four in the fifth inning and one in the sixth to blow the game open.

"You have to give all the credit to Gurley tonight," said Sikeston coach Charlie Dye. "He threw the ball well. I think we helped him out somewhat and swung at pitches out of the zone instead of being patient. But that's a credit to him. He was better than we were tonight."

Sikeston (4-1, 1-1 in district) also wasn't on track on the mound as three pitchers combined to give up 11 hits with eight walks and two hit batsmen.

Post 114 also committed a costly error which led to three unearned runs.

Josh Miller was the losing pitcher, throwing five innings and allowing six runs (three earned). Ben Pyles threw two innings and allowed one run. Jordan Kimball threw one scoreless inning.

"Josh got off to a good start and in the fourth and fifth inning he started to get the ball up a little bit," said Dye. "He didn't have his best stuff tonight but they didn't miss many pitches either. We didn't make Josh's job any easier. We didn't help him offensively -- that's obvious."

Sikeston only had three hits with Matt Smith, Joey Bickings and Richard Landers, who had a double, providing the only ones.

Gurley helped his own cause by going 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs. B.J. Flippo had three hits.