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Sikeston hitter Mason Mosby bunts the ball during a KIT League baseball game this season.
(David Jenkins, Staff)
Sikeston hosts Fulton tonight to open second-round series

DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. -- The Sikeston Bulls kept their season alive on Monday night with a 6-1 victory at Tradewater in a KIT League Tournament game.

The contest was a single-elimination game, with the winner getting a best-of-

three series with top-seeded Fulton.

Sikeston will host Fulton tonight at 7 p.m. in what may be the Bulls' final home game of the season.

Against Tradewater on Monday, Sikeston got a strong performance from right-

handed pitcher Ryan Poole, who threw six innings, allowing just one run off two hits with nine strikeouts. He didn't walk a batter.

Seldom-used pitcher Troy Sitton, who is normally a first baseman, threw the final three innings of shutout ball to get the save, allowing one hit and one walk. He struck out four.

Mason Mosby went 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs to lead the Bulls offense. Jared Hughes went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Bulls did not commit an error against Tradewater.

"This is the win we needed," said Sikeston coach Jamie Puckett. "We had to win this game to keep our season going. We've still got a chance to win the championship. Fulton is a very good baseball team, but I feel good about our chances."

Sikeston (18-30) went 3-7 against Fulton (31-19) this year, including 1-2 in the season's final three games, but the Bulls scored at least seven runs against the Railroaders' top two pitchers.

Fulton finished in first place during the regular season of KIT League action.

Owensboro defeated Farmington 2-1 in another first-round KIT League Tournament game. Owensboro will take on Union City in a best-of-three series.

Tradewater and Farmington's respective seasons are over.

"If our defense plays like it did today, we'll be scary in the playoffs," said Puckett. "We match up well against Fulton, despite our record against them."

Puckett said Robert Anders will get the start in tonight's game.