MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. -- Sikeston's Senior American Legion Post 114 wrapped up a weekend tournament with a 2-2 record.
Post 114 reached the final eight of the strong field in the Twin Lakes Classic, held in Mountain Home, Ark.
"Overall, we played four good teams and we're pleased with the way the kids performed," said Sikeston coach Charlie Dye. "We got three good pitching performances out of Josh Miller, Lance Rhodes and Ben Walters."
Free passes hurt Sikeston in its tournament opener as Little Rock took advantage of nine walks, scoring six of those.
Trailing 2-0 after the first inning, Post 114 evened the score with two runs in the third, then took a short-lived lead on Ben Pyles' solo homer in the fourth.
Little Rock regained the lead and stretched it to 9-3. Post 114 edged closer with four runs in the seventh.
Post 114's bats came alive in a win over Springfield on Friday. A two-run home run by Matt Smith keyed a three-run first inning. Post 114 held a 3-2 lead after two innings, then a grand slam by Pyles lifted them to a 7-2 lead in the third.
With the score at 8-5, Sikeston scored three insurance runs in the top of the seventh.
Josh Miller threw an eight-hitter, giving up three earned runs in the route-going effort.
Rhodes pitched brilliantly and also made crucial contributions to the Sikeston offense in an extra-inning contest with Paragould, which went late into the night. Rhodes went the distance, allowing seven hits with nine strikeouts.
With Post 114 trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Rhodes ripped a two-out double, then scored on Tyler Stahl's RBI single.
In the ninth, Jordan Kimball drew a leadoff walk ahead of Smith's double to right field.
Kimball later touched home with the game winner on Rhodes fielder's choice grounder.
With the field pared to eight, Sikeston was never able to get it going, offensively, in a loss to Harrison on Sunday morning.
"They didn't have anything left this morning, it didn't seem," said Dye, "after a real late game last night and then trying to play again this morning on about five hours sleep. They tried; it just wasn't much there."
Harrison scored single runs in the first, second and fifth innings. Sikeston plated its only run in the seventh.
Said Dye, "Ben (Walters) really threw the ball well. We just couldn't put any runs up behind him to give us a chance to win the ballgame."
Sikeston entertains Southern Illinois in a single game today at 7 p.m.