In what could mildly be categorized as a offensive onslaught, the Sikeston American Legion Post 114 slugged the visiting Jackson Legion into submission, 20-15.
The 3-hour and 45-minute affair featured 35 runs, 33 hits, eight errors, 19 walks and six hit batters.
Sikeston pitchers alone walked 15 batters and eight wild pitches were thrown by both clubs. Both teams combined to hit eight doubles and Josh Stevens of Sikeston hit a grand slam home run in the bottom of the seventh to top of the offensive duel.
"It was a pretty ugly game," said Sikeston head coach Todd Baker, "but we will take the victory. We have to use guys that don't pitch normally. We have two games each coming up on Thursday and Friday and I am just trying to get some pitching out of the way. We are using guys that don't pitch and trying to get some innings out of them."
"We were pitiful tonight," said Lewis. "As far as I am concerned, we played terrible. This is the worst we have played as a team since the five years I have been here. Defensively, I don't see how we could play any worse than tonight. We didn't swing the bats that bad, but defensively, we were very poor."
Sikeston started off the scoring in the bottom of the first on RBI singles by Cody Black and Dexter Moore. Jackson allowed two more runs to score on throwing errors by their second baseman and center fielder.
Trailing 4-0, Jackson plated five runs in the top of the second on only three hits but got four walks from Sikeston starter Drew Pixley to help the cause. Jackson scored all five runs with two outs in the inning and a single by Brandon Casper drove in the final two runs of the inning for Jackson.
Sikeston responded with four more runs in the bottom of the second. Back-
to-back doubles by Pixley and Jordan Kimball plated three runs for Sikeston. Kimball's double drove in two runs.
Pixley drove in another run in the third inning with a single and Sikeston led 9-5 through six innings.
Both teams were working with a skeleton crew on the mound.
"We have lost some guys and that has taken away from our rotation," said Baker. "It has made our club pretty thin. That goes for both sides. They (Jackson) are thin as well and it showed in the pitching. Just one of those nights were you just try and live through it. Neither team gave up, it was back and forth for awhile."
Jackson took the lead in the top of the seventh and scored five runs, on the strength of only two hits. Jackson induced three walks and had a batter hit by a pitch in the productive seventh.
The big hit for Jackson was a double by Casper that plated two runs for the visitors. A throwing error to first base by the Sikeston third baseman plated two more runs and a run scored on a wild pitch in the inning.
Sikeston got out of the seventh inning in an unconventional manner. A second wild pitch was thrown with the bases loaded for Jackson. However, the runner was thrown out at the plate on a quick recovery by Pixley, who once he was relieved on the mound in the fifth inning, was positioned behind the plate.
Trailing 12-9 in the bottom of the seventh, Sikeston scored 11 runs in the seventh and eighth innings combined, to put Jackson away.
Sikeston got two clutch hits in the seventh. Besides the grand slam from Stevens to complete the inning, Austin Williams came off the bench and got a pinch hit single that plated two runs for Sikeston.
Williams came through again in the eighth with a perfectly placed suicide bunt that plated Seth Baker from third base. Stevens also came through in the inning with a two-out double that scored two runs.
"I was pleased with the way we hit the ball," said Baker, "that was a good sign. Defense is still in its learning phases. We play everybody and trying to get a feel of what the boys can and cannot do. To top off everything, we are battling through some injuries. The goal is to minimize injuries and to be healthy in two weeks and go after the district championship."
Pixley paced the offense attack for Sikeston going 4-for-4 with two doubles and 2 RBIs. Black had a good game collecting three hits and scoring two runs, while Baker also garnered three hits.
Stevens led Sikeston with 6 RBIs. Williams had 3 RBIs off the bench and Kimball ended the multiple run producers for Sikeston with two runs driven in.
Casper led Jackson with 4 RBIs and two hits. Austin Liemer, Taylor Busch and Logan Lawson each had two hits apiece for Jackson.
Jackson (15-18) will be in action tonight at 6 p.m. against the Cape Legion.
Sikeston (9-9) hosts Calvert City, Ky. tonight, also at 6 p.m.
Jackson 050 002 512 - 15 12 4
Sikeston 441 000 65x - 20 21 4
WP - Seth Baker
LP - Lewis Petzodt
HR - Josh Stevens (S)
2B - Drew Pixley (S) 2, Jordan Kimball (S), Josh Jackson (S), Baker (S), Stevens (S), Taylor Busch (J), Brandon Casper (J).
SB - Joey Williams (S), Pixley (S), Kimball (S).
Multiple hitters - Sikeston: Cody Black 3-5, Dexter Moore 2-5, Pixley 4-4, Baker 3-6, Kimball 2-5, Stevens 2-6, Jackson 2-5. Jackson: Austin Liemer 2
-4, Logan Lawson 2-6, Busch 2-4, Casper 2-6.
Records - Sikeston (9-9), Jackson (15-18)