(Photos by Tim Jaynes, Staff)
SIKESTON - As quiet as the Sikeston Bulldogs' bats were in Tuesday's season-opener with Notre Dame, they were that much louder on Wednesday afternoon.
Sikeston pounded out 19 hits en route to a 20-0 five-inning win against SEMO Conference foe Kelly on Wednesday at VFW Stadium to improve to 2-0 on the season.
The Bulldogs collected 16 of their hits in the first two innings, taking an 18-0 lead.
Of the Bulldogs' 19 hits, 10 were extra-base hits.
"We were a little bit daunted by the whole Sikeston mystique," said Kelly head coach John Gandt. "They are a heck of a ball-team. All I can say is 'wow, they can hit.' They're the No. 4 team in the state, you're going to have some nerves coming into a game like this."
Junior Blake DeWitt led the offensive attack with a 3-for-3 day at the plate with seven RBIs. He had a home run, a triple and a double in the game.
Junior Lance Rhodes also went 3-for-3, collecting four RBIs with a home run, double and single.
Overshadowed by the offensive explosion by the Sikeston offense, was a combined no-hitter by junior Scotty Keenan and sophomore Bryce Wibbenmeyer.
Keenan started and threw the first three innings to pick up the win. He allowed three walks but he struck out five. Wibbenmeyer struck out three and walked one in two innings.
"We walked several kids, but I thought Scotty and Bryce for the most part threw the ball well," said Sikeston head coach Kevin Self.
Sikeston started the game with a 10-run first inning.
No. 2 hitter Keenan laced a solo home run just over the right field fence to get things started.
Later in the inning, sophomore Cullen DeHart ripped a two-run double. Senior Drew Lawrence also had a run-scoring double and DeWitt followed that up with a three-run bomb over the 370-foot mark in right-centerfield.
"We just started rolling," said Self. "Everybody up and down the lineup hit the ball well. Everybody saw it better with the better weather conditions. I know (Tuesday) guys were saying they had trouble seeing the ball out of the pitcher's hand with the dark, hazy clouds. Today was a much better day for baseball."
The Bulldogs followed up the 10-run first with another eight runs in the second inning.
The highlight of the inning were a three-run home run by Rhodes over the left field fence. DeHart and DeWitt both had run-scoring triples in the inning.
The Bulldogs scored their final two runs in the third inning, both on a two-run double by DeWitt that just missed clearing the fence in left field.
Kelly's Kendal Deason took the loss in 1 2/3 innings of work. Trey Simmons threw the final 2 1/3 innings in relief.
"We're just really young this year," said Gandt. "None of my pitchers have any varsity experience on the mound. It's going to hurt us now but we're going to be stronger in the long run for it. We just couldn't get anything rolling. We got the nerves out today. My boys can hit the ball. They just didn't show it today. We're going to come back against Woodland and we're going to put it on."
Kelly hosts Woodland today at 4 p.m.
Other players that collected two hits for Sikeston were Jacob Priday, Nathan Eaves, Richard Landers and Luke Jackson.
"I thought guys that came off the bench did well and I thought guys that didn't play (Tuesday) played well," said Self. "This was their Kelly's season-opener. They're going to get better and I think we're going to get better as we get some games under out belts."
Sikeston will host Scott City on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in another SEMO Conference matchup.
The Bulldogs will travel to Cape Central on Wednesday at 4 p.m. for their first road game.
The Sikeston jayvee team improved to 1-0 on the season with a 14-0, five inning victory against Kelly.
Sophomore Garland Hemphill started the went the distance for Sikeston. He struck out 10 and allowed four hits and three walks.
He also went 2-3 with an RBI.
The Bulldogs got a big game out of sophomore Matt Limbaugh who went 2-3 with a grand slam and six RBIs.
John Robert Bizzell also had two hits.
Ryan Dicus and Tyler Baker both had one hit and two RBIs.
Eric Chappell, Andrew Box and Cody Black each had one hit.
ORAN - The Oran Eagles showed why they are ranked No. 1 in Class 1 with a 36-1 five-inning victory against Delta on Wednesday.
The Eagles scored an incredible 29 runs in the first inning and added seven more in the second to lead 36-0.
There were plenty of offensive stars for the Eagles.
Joey Bickings went 4-5 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBIs.
Tyler Cookson had a double and two homers with three RBIs.
Ryne Wood went 3-4 with two doubles and four RBIs.
Matt Seyer went 4-5 with three RBIs.
Oran's pitchers struck out 13 of the 16 batters they faced.
The Eagles' Trey Graviett got the win after two innings of work. He struck out five of the six batters he faced.
Tyler Nelson threw two relief innings, striking out the side in both innings, including a four-strikeout inning when a runner reached base after a passed ball.
Trevor Irwin struck out the side in his one inning of work.
Delta's Tanner Baggett was charged with the loss.
Oran will host Zalma on Friday at 4 p.m.
CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Cape Central Tigers improved to 2-0 with the easy win against Chaffee.
Central's Jake Welch threw five innings, allowing two unearned runs off four hits with six strikeouts.
Seth Hudson, Chris Conrad and Mitch Craft all had two hits for the Tigers.
Conrad added three RBIs.
Chaffee's Sam Burnett was charged with the loss.