JACKSON -- Sikeston's junior American Legion baseball team parlayed two big innings into an 11-8 win over district opponent Jackson at Legion Field on Tuesday.
"It was a good win, good district win," said Sikeston assistant coach Kelly Campbell. "Jackson's a good team and it's always a good win when we can beat them."
Sikeston, sponsored by the Sikeston Ladies Auxiliary Unit 114, improved to 14-7 overall and 5-1 in district play.
Sikeston jumped to the early lead with four first-inning runs off Jackson starter and loser Ryan Chaney. Four consecutive singles with two outs and two aboard keyed the four-run outburst.
Chaney clubbed a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning to halve the deficit at 4-2.
Jackson tacked on two more in the second to pull into a tie at 4.
A sobering moment occurred in the bottom of the third inning.
Sikeston second baseman Garrett Limbaugh, covering second on a Jackson steal attempt, was struck in the mouth by a ricocheting baseball off the baserunner's helmet. Limbaugh, who was immediately rushed away for medical attention, suffered the loss of three teeth.
"When Garrett got hurt, that kind of stunned us a little bit, but we battled through it," said Campbell.
Ironically, it was Jackson whose play was shakiest. They committed three errors in the fourth to help Unit 114 to a five-run inning and a 9-4 advantage.
Dylan Harris led off with a double in the gap in left-center field. A walk and an error loaded the bases for Josh Jackson, who singled in Harris. With the bases still jammed, Cody Anderson singled in the second run of the inning.
Caleb Seyer's sacrifice fly to left field tallied the third run, then two more Sikeston runners crossed the plate on a basehit and two consecutive Jackson errors.
Sikeston starter Zach Secoy appeared to tire in the fifth, allowing two walks and an RBI single to Chaney to open the frame.
A Jackson single sandwiched between a strikeout and a flyout loaded the bases for Caleb Williams' two-run single as Jackson closed the gap to 10-7.
Silas Dill came on in relief and induced a flyout for the third out.
Seyer tripled with one out in the sixth, then scored the final Sikeston run on Dill's single.
Jackson added a single run in the seventh but did no further damage, closing the game with the bases full.
Secoy went 4 2/3 innings for the win, allowing seven runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Dill earned a save with 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief. He gave up one run with two walks and one hit batsman.
Harris led Sikeston's offense with three hits in five trips. Dill, Seyer and Anderson chipped in with two hits apiece. Anderson and Dill each had two runs batted in.
Chaney and Williams collected two hits and three RBIs each for Jackson. Austin Neal also had two hits.
Sikeston hosts district rival Dunklin County for a twi-light doubleheader on Thursday at 5 p.m. at V.F.W. Stadium.