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Sikeston splits with Perryville

Friday, June 7, 2002

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Sikeston's Nathan Eaves slides into third base in the first game of Thursday's American Legion double header against Perryville
(photo by David Jenkins)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Senior American Legion Post 114 baseball team split a double header with Perryville on Thursday at VFW Stadium.

Sikeston (2-1) won the first game 6-2 but lost in the nightcap 10-5.

In the first game Sikeston led throughout behind solid pitching from Blake DeWitt.

Post 114 led 2-0 in the second inning and led 5-0 in the fifth off a Andrew Lambert RBI-single and a Jake Kimball RBI-double. Sikeston led 6-0 on another Lambert run-scoring single.

Perryville (4-2) plated two runs in the top of the seventh to break the shutout.

DeWitt picked up the complete game win, allowing two runs off five hits. He struck out eight and walked none.

"Blake threw the ball really well," said Sikeston head coach Charlie Dye. "You're not going to get many walks out of Blake. He's usually around the plate and he throws strikes -- he lets his defense help him."

Garrett led Post 114 at the plate, going 4-4 with two runs scored. Lambert was 2-2 with two RBIs and a run and Nathan Eaves went 2-3 with a run.

"The kids played a good, solid ballgame and we really didn't make any mistakes," said Dye. "They made the adjustments offensively when they had to. It was just a good win -- I'll take a win anytime we can get it."

Perryville's John Lorenz took the loss, allowing 13 hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

"It takes a lot of patience to hit a pitcher like that," said Dye. "He doesn't throw real hard and he mixed it up a little bit. Adam Garrett kind of set the table for us. We just kept pecking away at him, getting a run here and there. After the first time around the kids made some adjustments and started hitting the ball with a little more authority."

In the second game, Perryville scored six runs in the second inning to take the lead for good.

Sikeston cut the lead to 8-4 and had a chance to tie with the bases loaded in the fifth but Kimball just missed a grand slam when he flew out at the fence in left field.

"We just had a couple of rough innings and we didn't take advantage of some of the opportunities we had, but that happens," said Dye. "Really you take away the second inning, then the kids battled and that's all you can ask for. We're going to have to develop some pitching so there's going to be games like this."

Perryville's Levi Lemmons picked up the win in four innings of work.

Drew Lawrence took the loss for Sikeston.

Sikeston was led offensively by Garrett (3-4, 2 RBIs, run) and Lambert (3-4, RBI). Scotty Keenan went 2-3 with a solo home run over the right field fence. Brad Deere also went 2-4.

Others were DeWitt (1-5) and Eaves (0-1, run).

Sikeston will host a St. Louis traveling legion team on Sunday at 2 p.m. at VFW Stadium.