But after a run on a wild pitch and a walk, Jordan Kimball, who started the game on the mound for Sikeston, got the clutch two-run single that gave his team the come-from-behind 4-3 victory. The big district win put Sikeston at 5-9 overall on the season and 3-1 in district play.
Sikeston's bats had been good for only one run in the first eight innings until coming alive with timely walks and hits in the final frame.
"I thought we had a chance," said Sikeston coach Mike DeWitt. "We stayed in there and got the big hit when we needed it."
The game started well for Sikeston and its starting pitcher as Kimball retired the first six batters he faced, including two strikeouts. He would go on to pitch seven solid innings, allowing three runs on only two hits while striking out five.
"Kimball pitched a heck of a game," said DeWitt.
Jackson lefthander Jason Meystedt started on the hill and gave Sikeston's hitters and even its runners problems for most of the game.
After J.R. Bizzell reached base on a fielding error, Meystedt used a smooth pick-off move to make him the first of two Sikeston players caught stealing. When Kimball reached on a double and Cullen DeHart on a walk with two outs in the same inning, Meystedt escaped unscathed by striking out the next batter.
Jackson's southpaw would allow two hits to Ross Merideth, one more double to Kimball and a hit to Zach Dill throughout the next three innings before setting down his next 12 opponents in a row.
Jackson's first run was the result of a defensive blunder in the bottom of the third. With a man on first and two outs, an error in the infield kept the inning alive.
Kimball walked the next man he faced, then hit the following batter to load the bases. A wild pitch thereafter would send right fielder Tony Longman home to put Post 158 on top 1-0.
Jackson scored their last two runs and only two hits in the seventh when second baseman Brandon Cooper led off the inning with the team's first base knock of the game. Two walks and one out later, left fielder Rex Meyer knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly. Chad Minson sent the second run home with a single up the middle.
Ben Walters was sent to the rubber in the eighth to finish the game for Sikeston. He pitched two innings of shutout work, allowing only one hit and keeping his team close enough to eventually come back and give him the win.
"Walters threw two good innings for us to pull it out," said DeWitt. "That was important for us."
Sikeston finally chipped into the lead with a single score in the eighth. After two-out walks to Kimball and DeHart, an infield hit by Jordan Penn put a runner at every base. Sikeston scored a run when a pitch got away from the catcher and Kimball trotted home easily.
The comeback was fulfilled in the last inning when Dill was walked with one out. After a strikeout put Sikeston down to their final chance, a base hit by Bizzell kept the game within reach.
After a wild pitch plated Bizzell to make it 3-2, Meystedt walked Matt Limbaugh to put a man on first and second. Despite signs of fatigue, Jackson stuck with the starter to finish the job.
The next batter was the hot-hitting Kimball, and another wild pitch set up the game-winning hit with men on second and third. Kimball sent the next pitch on the ground between the shortstop and the second baseman to plate the tying and the game-ending runs that gave Sikeston the win in thrilling fashion.
"The kids didn't give up," said DeWitt. "We just stayed close to the end and got the hits to pull it out. It was a great win."
Sikeston's leading hitters for the game were Kimball (3-4, 2 doubles, walk, run) and Merideth (2-2).
Jackson's leading hitters were Chad Morrison (1-4, RBI) and Brandon Cooper (1-4, run).
Meystedt pitched nine innings in the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits and seven strikeouts.
Jackson's record now stands at 10-9.