WEBSTER GROVES -- Just one day after Heath Self, a former Sikeston baseball player and nephew of head coach Kevin Self, was killed in a tragic automobile accident, the Bulldogs took to the field with heavy hearts and dominated Webster Groves 15-2.
"It was a tough day emotionally but they battled through," said Sikeston coach Alan Scheeter. "I think it inspired them a little bit."
A motivated Sikeston team wasted little time in jumping on the hosts, scoring six runs in the first inning.
After Lance Rhodes reached on an error, Blake DeWitt and Jacob Priday singled to load the bases. Nathan Eaves then singled to plate Rhodes before Cullen DeHart walked, forcing in DeWitt.
After a Richard Landers sacrifice fly scored Priday, Ross Merideth was hit by a pitch plating Eaves. Brad Deere followed with a bases-loaded walk before J.R. Bizzell and Lance Rhodes each followed with RBI singles, giving Sikeston a 6-0 lead.
"We capitalized on a bunch of walks," Scheeter said. "They kept giving us base runners and we kept making them pay."
Sikeston scored three more runs in the second, third and fourth inning, leading Webster Groves 15-0 before the Statesman were able to score their two runs in the bottom of the fourth.
DeWitt, who collected the 24th consecutive win of his career, pitched all five innings allowing only two runs on two hits while striking out eight and walking two.
"It was a good game overall," Scheeter said. "We didn't have any errors and Blake pitched a real good game and we hit the ball well."
No hitter made his presence felt more on the day than Priday who was 3-for-3 with a home run, double and three RBIs.
Priday also scored three runs on the day as did Eaves.
Landers and Deere each drove in three on the day while Rhodes and Bizzell both collected two hits.
Sikeston (15-1) will now host NMCC today at 8 p.m. in the first round of the SEMO Conference tournament.