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Bulls to make home debut tonight against Union City

Thursday, June 7, 2007

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Sikeston pitcher Lance Young, shown here in action in an exhibition game, has been one of the bright spots for the Bulls so far
(Photo by Derek James, Staff)
SIKESTON -- After starting the season on the road, the Sikeston Bulls will finally get to showcase the team to the home fans tonight in the team's home opener against Union City.

The Bulls went 2-3 on the road trip, with all three losses being by one run. Two of the games went into extra innings and the other was decided in the bottom of the ninth.

Bulls coach Jamie Puckett says the team has played well and he's hoping for a big crowd to greet the players in their first game at VFW Stadium, starting at 7 p.m.

"From day one we've been talking this team up and talking about how much better this team is and how much better the crowd support will be," said Puckett. "I honestly think this will be the biggest crowd we've had for a home opener yet. The Chamber of Commerce is putting on a banquet for our benefit at the SEMO Shrine Club to help get people to our home opener. These guys are ready and they're excited. They've got a lot of family coming this weekend for the whole series."

The Bulls started the season with great promise, posting back-to-back 10-1 victories against the defending champions, Owensboro.

But a three-game losing streak has slowed some of the momentum.

Still yet, Puckett is confident his team can get it turned around.

"We've been playing fine. We've been in every single game. That's just the way baseball goes. Sometimes things don't go your way and sometimes they do. Any little thing can be the difference between three losses and being 5-0.

The Bulls have shown the ability to run the bases and put pressure on opposing defenses, but so far the team's strength has been pitching.

"Our pitchers have been throwing very well," said Puckett. "That's been our high point so far. I had questions about our pitching in the preseason but they've been a pleasant surprise."

The rotation has cycled back to the top so Puckett expects to have all his top hurlers ready for the three-game series with Union City. The two teams will play at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday as well.