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Sikeston advances past Lebanon

Monday, July 26, 2004

SIKESTON - The Sikeston 13-year-old Junior Babe Ruth All-Star team advanced to the semifinals of the Missouri State Babe Ruth Tournament on Friday with a 3-1 victory against Lebanon at VFW Stadium.

Sikeston played Mineral Area on Saturday. Results from that game and the rest of the tournament will be in Monday's edition.

On Friday, Sikeston got a stellar pitching performance out of Caleb Davidson, who threw all seven innings in picking up the win.

He allowed just two hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

"He pitched a really good game for us," said Sikeston coach Dave Strom. "He threw the complete game. He was real consistent, threw strikes and he let our defense help him out some."

Sikeston collected eight hits on the day led by Zach Howard, Michael Brown and Jake Pewitt with two hits each.

Howard collected two doubles while Brown had two RBIs. Sikeston jumped on top in the second inning when Jake Pewitt singled and eventually scored on a Brown single to take a 1-0 lead.

Sikeston tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-0 lead. Howard doubled and scored on a Brown single. Brown eventually came around to score Sikeston's second run of the inning.

"It was a good game for us," said Strom. "Lebanon's a good team and a quality program. We always expect a good game out of them. It's always a battle. We've had a lot of close games over the years with this group. We had to grind it out today, pitch by pitch, out by out. We scratched out just enough runs to win today."

Sikeston also got hits out of Stuart Strom, who doubled, and Blair Bohannon.

"We've set our goals high and we are wanting to win this tournament," said Strom. "We've done well so far and we've passed two steps. We've got a tough road ahead of us though."

The tournament is scheduled to conclude today at VFW Stadium. The championship game will be at 1:30 today. If required, a sudden death game will be played at 3:30 p.m.

Dexter's 13-year-old all-stars defeated Booneville 10-3 to stay alive in the tournament. Dexter was scheduled to play Lebanon on Friday but results from that game were not available at press time.

Booneville took a 2-0 lead on Dexter in the first inning but couldn't hold it. Dexter came right back with three runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back.

Garrett McKuin threw seven innings to pick up the win. He allowed three runs off five hits while striking out seven.

Matt Miller went 2-3 with two runs and two RBIs to lead Dexter on offense. Caleb Miller went 1-4 with two runs and two RBIs.

Booneville's Randal Luscombe was the losing pitcher, throwing six innings, walking six and striking out four.