(Photo by Jordan Dillender, Staff)
For Sikeston, it was a heartbreaking loss in an important district game after letting a two-run lead in the final inning slip away.
"Cape is a good team," said Sikeston junior legion head coach Jeff Limbaugh, "and we made a lot of mistakes. You just can't beat a good team like Cape when you make mistakes."
Post 63's head coach Steve Dirnberger credited much of the victory to heroic play off the bench and clutch hitting.
"We had some guys come off the bench and pull through for us," said Dirnberger. "We also got some key hits when we needed them. It was a big win."
Cape struck early against Sikeston starting pitcher Silas Dill when Luke Moll smacked a double with one out and then scored on the single by Chris Brotherton. Brotherton would later score on an error in the outfield, giving his team a 2-0 lead after the top of the first.
Sikeston faced southpaw pitcher Justin Myers, and Post 114 squeaked out one run in the first when Josh Jackson's sacrifice fly brought in Austin Williams from third.
Both pitchers would settle down in the second, with Meyers allowing only one hit in the next three innings, while Cape would only manage two base runners in the next four frames off of Dill.
"Dill threw well," said Limbaugh. "He threw strikes and had his curveball working. When the defense gets behind him, he can have a good game."
Sikeston scored in the bottom of the fifth when Paul Bucher and Austin Williams came home on Caleb Seyer's two-run single. Post 114 would get two more runs in the inning to make it 5-2 when Josh Jackson sent a pitch out of the yard to left field for a two-run home run.
The shot was definitely a welcomed sight for Sikeston's head coach.
"It was good to see him get that home run," said Limbaugh. "We need him hitting the ball like that when he's hitting in that third spot in the lineup."
Cape responded in the top of the sixth with RBI singles by both Alex Shell and Jake Valleroy to tighten the lead to 5-4. Dill's day on the mound would be finished after the inning, giving him four runs allowed (three earned) on six hits and two strikeouts in six innings.
After going down quietly in their half of the sixth, Sikeston brought in pitcher Caleb Seyer to close out the seventh and final innings.
After retiring the first batter, control problems set in as the next two batters were walked, and wild pitches would help to advance them.
Brett Heischment would bring in one run on a single to tie the ballgame. Then after a groundout, Joey Uhls, who came in the sixth for Alex Shell, would be the hero with a two-run single to put them on top 7-5.
"Joey got the hit we needed," said Dirnberger. "It was huge."
Sikeston came close, but they just couldn't overcome the deficit in its last at bat. Seyer led the inning off with a hit, and he went to second after a wild pitch by Myers.
He would eventually score after an error in the infield by Cape, but a baserunning mistake and a fly ball would end its hopes of a comeback.
The win gave Myers a complete game victory, while Seyer got the loss.
Although it was Sikeston's game to lose in the end, Limbaugh gave Cape the credit for not giving up.
"It's a tough district loss, but Cape is a good team," said Limbaugh. "They battled back and beat us on our home field. They played a good game. We just have to bounce back and play better."
Leading hitters for Sikeston were Josh Jackson (1-3, HR, 3 RBIs, run), Caleb Seyer (2-3, 2 RBIs, run, walk) and Austin Williams (2-3, run).
Leading hitters for Cape were Heischment (2-3, RBI, run, walk) and Uhls (1-1, 2 RBIs).
In the second game of the night, Sikeston produced a 9-4 victory over Post 63. Starting pitcher Zach Friend threw all seven innings for the win, giving up four runs on eleven hits and six strikeouts.
Sikeston's hitters for the game were Paul Bucher (3-3, 2 runs), Seth Baker (2
-2, triple, run), Zach Secoy (1-3, double, 2 RBIs, run), Garrett Limbaugh (1-3, double, run), Zach Friend (1-3, run), Josh Pierce (1-4) and Austin Williams (1
Sikeston junior legion's record after the day was 12-3, while Cape moved to 9-4.
Sikeston played two games against Scott County in Chaffee on Tuesday, winning both.
In the first game, Post 114 won 16-7, with Secoy picking up the win and Bucher earning the save.
Leading hitters in the game were Dylan Harris (3-5, 3 runs), Josh Jackson (2
-4, 2 RBIs, 3 runs), Nick Lambert (2-5, RBI, 2 runs) and Austin Williams (2-2, 2 runs).
Sikeston won the second game 11-2, with pitcher Kody Campbell getting the victory, and Bucher securing the save.
Pierce, Bucher, Campbell, Baker and Friend all had hits in the contest.