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Junior Legion swept by Scott Co.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

SIKESTON -- Sikeston' Junior American Legion had no answers for Scott County's pitching or bats in a doubleheader sweep on Monday at VFW Memorial Stadium.

Andy Stephens tossed a dominating one-hitter and Scott County Post 369's hitters banged 13 hits in the opener, a 11-0 win in a five-inning run-rule game.

"Our pitcher threw the ball real well," said Scott County coach Mike Umfleet.

Umfleet, beaming at the prospect of having the lefty Stephens back for two more years in his Scott City High School program, said, "He's improved tremendously just over the last month. He works hard and really loves the game. He's going to be a dandy."

Scott County jumped to a 5-0 lead in the second inning, which chased Sikeston starter Chase Seyer.

Brad Daugherty poked a RBI double to score Chad Friend, who had singled, with the first run. Following walks to Lucas Dirnberger and Jordan Felter, Caleb Daughhetee laced a RBI single scoring Daugherty. Jacob Essner doubled home Dirnberger and Felter and Daughhetee scored on an errant pickoff throw.

With reliever Ryan Adams on the hill, Scott County (12-5-1, 6-0 in district) picked up five more in the fourth on RBIs by Shane Menz, Friend and Dirnberger, then closed out the scoring with a single run in the fifth on Essner's single following a triple by Felter.

Essner and Friend led Scott County with three hits each. Daughhetee and Daugherty added two hits apiece.

Sikeston Post 114's only hit was by its first batter of the game, Paul Bucher, who singled.

In the nightcap, Scott County again rode a fine pitching performance, this one by Chris Hanback to a 7-0 win. Hanback allowed just two hits and one walk in a complete-game effort.

Menz drove in what proved the be the game winner in the first inning as Scott County took a 1-0 lead into the fifth. RBIs by Essner and Rynn Eskew and an unearned run plated three in the fifth.

Scott County, a second-year Legion team, added three in the seventh to close out the victory.

Hanback and Eskew paced the seven-hit Post 369 offense with two hits each.

Adams and Taylor White collected a hit apiece for Sikeston.

Sikeston starter Joey Jackson suffered the loss, although he allowed only the first-inning run in three innings of work. Andy Gantner and Zach Secoy also took turns on the mound for Post 114.

Sikeston (7-12) hosts Cape Girardeau in a doubleheader on Wednesday at 6 p.m.