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Sikeston Senior Legion swaps weekend sweeps

Monday, June 28, 2004

SIKESTON -- What a difference a day makes.

After a Saturday doubleheader sweep that coach Charlie Dye simply called "ugly," Sikeston Post 114 rebounded to sweep Paragould, Ark., on Sunday at VFW Stadium.

"We were not ready to play against a good team and we got spanked," said Dye. "We just played a lot better baseball today (Sunday). I think the kids were embarrassed by the way they played yesterday (Saturday) and they wanted to prove to people that they were better than that."

In the opener of the Saturday twinbill against Anheuser-Busch of St. Louis, the visitors got a stellar pitching performance to set down Sikeston 10-1, then took the nightcap 12-7.

Kuntz, the Anheuser-Busch hurler in game one, went the distance tossing a five-hitter with 11 strikeouts.

Brandon Crook, Lance Rhodes, Matt Smith, Tyler Stahl and Richard Landers shared the Sikeston hits, while Jordan Kimball suffered the loss.

To Kimball's credit, the Sikeston defense offered little support with miscues leading to six unearned runs.

In the second game, Sikeston hung around until the fifth inning of the seven-inning contest.

Trailing 3-0 in the second, Sikeston took advantage of wildness by the Anheuser-Busch starter Boeser. Boeser walked the bases full, then walked in a run preceding Rhodes bases-clearing double which sent Post 114 ahead 4-3.

St. Louis regained the lead at 8-4 in the fifth, but Sikeston tacked on three runs to creep within one at 8-7. However, a four-run Anheuser-Busch sixth sealed the deal.

Cullen DeHart, making his first pitching appearance since Tommy John surgery, started and was relieved by Ben Pyles and Josh Miller. Kimball and Ben Walters led the offense with two hits apiece.

Sikeston looked like a different squad on Sunday.

"The kids came to play today," said Dye. "We were much more alert and didn't make the mistakes we made yesterday.

"The pitching was OK on Saturday, but today the pitching was outstanding. Both of them gave us big games. It was a real pick-me-up for us."

Sikeston, behind Miller's five-hitter, defeated Paragould 6-2 in the opener. Miller struck out four and walked none.

Crook, Stahl and J. R. Bizzell led Sikeston with two hits each.

In the second game, Post 114 blasted Paragould 10-2. Walters threw a two-hitter for the win.

Just last weekend, Sikeston barely edged Paragould 2-1 in nine innings at a tournament in Mountain Home, Ark.

Rhodes and Brad Deere ignited the Sikeston attack with three hits each, while DeHart and Jordan Penn collected two each.

Joey Bickings crushed a two-run homer for Post 114.

The wins

Sikeston will play its fifth game in three days when it hosts district opponent Dunklin County in a single game today at 6 p.m.

Sikeston's record now stands at 9-6 overall, 1-1 in the district.