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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

SCOTT CITY -- Sikeston jumpstarted its offense with a running game in the second inning en route to an 11-5 SEMO Conference win over Scott City on Tuesday.

Scott City plated the game's initial run -- unearned -- in the bottom of the first inning.

The Rams' Cody Carlyle doubled to right-centerfield with one out, advanced to third on a groundout, then scored on a misplayed ground ball.

In the second frame, three walks, four stolen bases, a passed ball, a wild pitch, a throwing error and a bunt single set the Bulldogs up for the big inning.

Scott Droddy's double into the gap in left-centerfield knocked home two runs. Jerod Scott chipped in with a sacrifice fly RBI and Tyler Baker stroked a RBI single.

"They gave us a couple of baserunners (on walks), then we were able to steal some bases," said Sikeston coach Kevin Self. "He (Scott City pitcher Ryan Modglin) was a little slow to the plate and we felt like we could run a little bit and make their catcher try to throw us out. We took advantage of opportunities to move runners up."

Trailing 5-1, Jaris Hye's RBI single accounted for Scott City's second run in the home half of the second.

Sikeston's Nick Lambert, the starter and winning pitcher, hurled one-hit ball while allowing one unearned run through his next four innings of work.

On the evening, Lambert gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits, struck out two, walked two and hit a batter.

"Nick threw the ball extremely well," said Self. "He made them put it play and we made the plays, for the most part, behind him."

Sikeston added a single run in the fifth for a 6-2 lead. Baker walked, stole second, then trotted home on a bases-loaded wild pitch.

Modglin, the Rams starter, was pulled after five innings of work. Before and after the disastrous second inning, Modglin pitched well, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits with 10 strikeouts and six bases on balls.

Scott City's Blake Dirnberger singled home a run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the margin to 6-3.

Sikeston bounced right back with three sixth-inning scores against Rams freshman reliever Trae Simmons to extend its lead to 9-3.

Baker drove home two runs with a double; Scott and DH Cody Black had RBI singles.

The Bulldogs tacked on two more in the top of the seventh for an 11-3 advantage.

Scott relieved Lambert to open the Scott City seventh. During his one-inning stint, the Rams struck for two runs on two hits to narrow the gap to 11-5.

"I was pleased that we didn't quit (early), because they made a run at us in the last inning," said Self. "They wake up, get two or three hits, we walk one and make an error here and there. You just never know."

Droddy and Baker led the Bulldogs' 10-hit offense with two hits and two RBIs apiece. Scott and Black also drove home two runs each.

Sikeston (2-1) hosts Cape Central today at V.F.W Stadium at 4 p.m.