ST. LOUIS - The Sikeston Senior Legion baseball team broke out of a slump in a big way over the weekend.
Post 114 went 4-1 in the Anheuser Busch Tournament to take second place in the prestigious event.
"We went up there and exceeded expectations a little bit," said Sikeston head coach Charlie Dye. "We played four solid ballgames. We got contributions from everybody up and down the lineup. Every night somebody had a big hit. I think it was a very successful weekend for us. I was really pleased with how well our pitching held up."
In the first game, Sikeston beat Maryland Heights 5-3 behind a complete game win by Ben Stricklin. He allowed five hits and three walks with six strikeouts.
Sikeston was led offensively by Drew Lawrence (2-3, 2 runs), Willie Dooley (2-3, 2B, 3 RBIs), Scotty Keenan (1-3, 3B, RBI, run), Matt Smith (2-4) and Josh Miller (1-3, 2 runs).
In the second game, Sikeston beat Higginsville 9-3. Mack Taylor and Bryce Wibbenmeyer combined for the win.
Taylor threw four innings, allowing two runs off five hits. Wibbenmeyer threw three innings and allowed one run off one hit.
Sikeston was led by Lawrence (1-3, RBI), Keenan (1-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Dooley (2-3, 2 runs, 2B, RBI), Smith (1-4, 3B), Nathan Eaves (1-1), Richard Landers (1-2, 2B), Stricklin (1-3), Ben Pyles (1-3, run), Brad Deere (1-2, 2 runs), Miller (1-3).
In the third game, Sikeston defeated Imperial 7-5 to advance to the semifinals.
Miller threw six innings, allowing five runs off three hits in getting the no-decision.
Wibbenmeyer picked up the win with one inning of work.
In the game, Sikeston trailed 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
With one out, Lawrence singled. Keenan then tied the game at 5-5 with a two-run home run.
After a Dooley single, Smith ended the game with a walk-off home run to clinch a semifinal appearance.
"It was good to see Scotty and Matt both come up with big hits," said Dye. "That game just typifies the games we've played this year. The kids never quit and they didn't in this case."
Hitters in the game were Dooley (3-3, 2 runs, 2B), Lawrence (1-4, run), Keenan (1-4, 2 runs, HR, 2 RBIs), Smith (1-4, 2 runs, HR, 2 RBIs) and Eaves (1-3, 2B, 3 RBIs).
"It was an exciting game," said Dye. "I think the person that should get as much credit as anybody is Josh Miller. We actually had a 3-1 lead and they came back and made it 5-3 after three. Josh and Bryce held them the rest of the way and gave us a chance to come back."
On Sunday morning Sikeston defeated Creve Couer 5-1 to advance to the championship game Sunday night.
Keenan picked up the win, allowing one hit in six innings. Pyles threw one inning of relief.
Although the two did combine to walk nine batters.
Sikeston was led by Lawrence (2-4, 2 runs), Dooley (1-3, run), Smith (2-4, run, 2 RBIs), Jake Kimball (1-3, run) and Miller (1-3, 2B, RBI).
Sikeston lost the championship game to host team Anheuser Busch 12-0 in five innings.
"They're really a good ballclub -- they really are," said Dye. "I'm taking nothing away from them. They were very good."