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SHS beats Rams in opener

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Sikeston shortstop J.R. Bizzell fields a ball.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Bulldogs baseball team opened its season with a 5

-2 SEMO Conference victory against Scott City on Tuesday at VFW Stadium.

Sikeston pitchers Bryce Wibbenmeyer and Jerod Scott combined to strike out 10 Rams batters as they limited the visitors to five hits on a soggy field from heavy rains over the past few days.

The Bulldog bats weren't exactly on fire, but they clubbed out enough timely hits to secure a lead.

"We got a couple clutch hits when we needed to," said Sikeston coach Kevin Self. "(Cullen) DeHart's was a big hit. Ross (Merideth) had a big two-out hit. Those are big hits when you score with two outs."

Merideth's two-out single to centerfield in the bottom of the first got the Bulldogs on the board as J.R. Bizzell crossed the plate.

DeHart gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead with a two-run double to left centerfield to bring home Eric Chappell and Bizzell.

It was the only extra-base hit for the Bulldogs.

"We swung it at times pretty good," said Self. "We had several kids put it in play. We're still trying to feel our way through. It's a good win for us. We're happy to win and just happy to finally get to play."

It was Sikeston's first game after getting three games rained out last week.

Wibbenmeyer was the winning pitcher in four innings of work. He allowed two runs off three hits. He struck out five and walked two.

Scott, a sophomore, came in for relief and threw three scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

"Bryce went as long as he could go and I went to Jared," said Self. "I thought he threw the ball pretty well. He put some pressure on himself, but he made some good pitches when he had to. He threw his curveball for strikes. Scott City's not bad. Their pitchers do a good job and I had heard they would be improved and they were."

Scott City's Mark Johnston was the losing pitcher in six innings pitched. He allowed five runs (three earned) off six hits. He struck out six, walked one and hit two batters.

"I was extremely pleased with the way he threw the ball," said Scott City coach Mike Umfleet. "He kept it down and worked ahead in the count most of the day. He's a good pitcher and he has been the last couple years.

"I think our bats were a little cold with it being the first game. Their pitchers made the pitches when they had to. I thought it was a good ballgame. They executed when they needed to and we didn't."

With Sikeston leading 3-0, Scott City got into the game with two runs in the top of the fourth.

Matt Miller had a run-scoring single followed up by a fielder's choice-RBI by Mark Dannenmueller.

Sikeston extended the lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Matt Limbaugh scored on a wild pitch and DeHart scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Baker.

Bizzell and Chappell each had two hits to lead the Bulldogs. Bizzell also had two runs and a stolen base.

Blake Dirnberger led the Rams with two hits.

"We came into this game to win," said Umfleet. "It wasn't a game that we came in thinking, 'well this is Sikeston, let's play them close and be happy with it.' It's a game we felt we could win. They've got some great ball players over there and Kevin does a great job with them. They're fundamental and you know what you're going to get every time you come down here."

Sikeston (1-0, 1-0 SEMO) travels to play Cape Central today at 4 p.m.

Junior varsity

Sikeston's jayvee team won its opening game 11-4 against Scott City. Nick Lambert and Scott Droddy combined to allow eight hits and strikeout nine.

Droddy was the winning pitcher with 4 2/3 innings of relief. He allowed two hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

Lambert pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing four runs off six hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Austin Williams, Lambert, Chase Ferrell, Dustin Barker and Garrett Limbaugh each had one hit.

Lambert and Limbaugh each had two RBIs.

Ferrell, Barker and Clayton Mayfield each had one RBI.