STE. GENEVIEVE -- Austin Williams was a home run shy of the cycle and Josh Stevens picked up the win in relief as the Sikeston American Legion baseball team squeezed out a 11-9 non-district victory in 10 innings over Ste. Genevieve Post 150 Friday night at Yanks Field.
Post 114 had a little luck on their side for this game despite some unfortunate circumstances. They only had 10 players and their team-equipment bag containing the catcher's gear was stolen before that while stopping at a gas station just outside of town.
Plus assistant coach Jeff Limbaugh and a player were ejected in separate situations leaving them with one coach and nine players to close out the game.
Sikeston (9-6) also lost leads of 3-0 and 9-6, but took advantage of five errors and a couple of baserunning miscues by Ste. Genevieve (5-4) to prevail for their second straight win.
The two teams opted to play a nine-inning contest instead of two seven-inning games. Sikeston led 3-0 early, but Ste. Genevieve scored five runs in the sixth and added another run in the seventh. Post 114 tied it at 6-6 by the middle of the eighth inning and led 8-6 by mid-ninth.
With two outs, Post 150 tied it at 9-9 on a pair of doubles to force the extra frame. Sikeston answered with two runs in the 10th, which was just enough as Ste. Genevieve cut it to 11-9 and had two runners on base before Stevens struck out the final batter looking to end the game.
Williams finished with four hits -- two singles, double and triple -- and scored two runs. Seth Baker had two triples and scored twice. Josh Jackson and Cody Anderson both had two hits, including a double apiece.
Joey Williams (lefty pitcher), who was the ejected player, earned a no-decision. Post 150's Kellen Basler suffered the loss.