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Bulls take advantage of early runs to ground Farmington

Thursday, July 5, 2007

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Sikeston's Ryan Poole slides into third ahead of the tag.
SIKESTON -- The Bulls may struggle at getting bunts down from time to time, but if they swing the bats and run the bases like they did on Tuesday then it may not matter.

Sikeston jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and cruised to an 8-4 victory against Farmington at VFW Stadium.

In the first inning, Sikeston couldn't get a couple bunts down and missed a couple signs, but the team still ripped four straight singles which led to the four runs.

Sikeston lost the second game of the doubleheader, 5-2. Details were not available at press time.

Sikeston is now 14-14 on the season while Farmington moves to 9-17 on the year.

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Sikeston Bull second baseman Scott Hudgins handles a throw.
Bulls coach Jamie Puckett said the team's offense coming alive early in the game was a welcome sight.

"In the first inning we were patient," said Puckett. "We saw that he wasn't getting the ball around the plate and we waited until we got our pitches. We hit a few balls to the right side. We did a good job of staying back and using the right side. We've had good hitters and they're starting to come around.

"I still can't figure out why we aren't getting bunts down. It didn't hurt us much today, but it will continue to hurt us in close games."

The eight runs was more than enough for Sikeston hurler Robbie Anders, who threw all seven innings, allowing four runs off four hits. He struck out five and walked three.

"Of course this wasn't his best game, but he's a great pitcher and he uses his head," said Puckett of Anders. "He finds away to win every time. Whether we're up 8-0 or it's a 1-0 game. He always goes out there and pitches his game. He knows when he has to throw strikes and he uses his defense well. Mentally, he's the best pitcher we had."

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Sikeston's Brett Miller dives into second on a pickoff attempt.
For Farmington pitcher Trevor Theisman, he was in trouble from the first batter of the game.

He walked the first two batters which led to four straight singles by the Bulls.

Farmington cut the lead to 4-2 with a run in the second and a run in the third.

But the Firebirds imploded in the bottom of the fifth on back-to-back sacrifice bunts by the Bulls. Theisman mishandled one and then threw the ball away on the other, leading to two more runs by the Bulls to lead 6-2.

"That pretty much sealed it for them," said Farmington coach David Cramp. "You can't overcome that. You can't give them outs. We gave them five outs in that inning and they scored two runs. That was our own fault. We gave that one away."

Sikeston increased the lead to 8-2 as Michael Sadler scored on Scott Hudgins' RBI-single.

Another throwing error by Farmington, this one by the catcher, led to a run by Ryan Poole.

Farmington scored a couple runs in the top of the seventh but it wasn't enough. Ryan Dickerman had a two-run single in the inning.

"We never were really in the game," said Cramp. "We had people on base and when you get down like that, you've got to play station-to-station baseball and you've got to hope like heck that you get hits or somebody makes an error.

"I'm not the smartest old guy in the world but if you give up eight runs on eight hits then you're going to get beat."

Sadler went 2-3 with an RBI and a run to lead Sikeston.

Hudgins went 1-2 with two runs, two steals and an RBI.

Derrick Washington, Mason Mosby and Brett Miller each had RBI-singles.

Poole scored two runs.

Sikeston will be back in action Friday when they host Owensboro at 5:30 p.m. in another doubleheader.