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Bulldogs strike down P.B.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Sikeston's Seth Baker is tagged out.
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs jumped out to the early lead and never looked back in a 6-2 victory against SEMO Conference foe Poplar Bluff on Tuesday at VFW Stadium.

The game barely got finished before a thunderstorm blew in just mere seconds after the final out.

"It was a quick game -- we got it played in about an hour and a half," Sikeston coach Kevin Self said. "It was a race against the weather."

Even with lightning flashing in the distance, the game played on.

"We were trying to hurry it up and get it in," Self said. "Once we got to the third inning and we saw it darkening up and lightning and thundering, it was 'how fast can we get this thing in?'"

Sikeston (5-0, 3-0 SEMO Conference) grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Josh Jackson launched a 3-run home run to left field that was actually blown back into fair territory by the wind.

"I don't know if I've ever seen that at this ballpark," Self said of the home run. "That wind grabbed it and pushed it back fair. I thought when he hit it the ball was going towards the batting cage."

Sikeston added another run in the inning on Chase Ferrell's RBI-single that brought in Dustin Barker to make it 4-0.

The Bulldogs made it 5-0 in the bottom of the second when Scott Droddy scored on a wild pitch.

The Mules cut the lead to 5-2 in the top of the third on Brennan Moore's run-

scoring double and Taylor Boles' sacrifice fly, but that's as close as Poplar Bluff would get.

Sikeston tacked on an insurance run in the fourth when Nick Lambert blooped a single into centerfield to bring in Droddy.

Bulldog hurler Joey Williams was sharp on the mound in picking up the win, throwing all seven innings and allowing two runs (one earned) off three hits. He struck out nine and walked three.

"I thought Joey was our brightest spot," Self said. "He threw the ball extremely well. He's slowly becoming our ace. He seems to have good movement on his fastball and he can throw the breaking ball for strikes."

Droddy was solid in the leadoff spot for Sikeston, going 1-2 with three runs scored and a stolen base.

Jerod Scott was hit by a pitch three times in the game which is one shy of the Missouri state record for number of times in a game.

Boles was saddled with the loss, throwing all six innings and allowing six runs off six hits with three strikeouts, four walks and four hit batters.

Sikeston will compete in the McCracken County Wood Bat Tournament this weekend.

The Bulldogs will play at Lone Oak High School on Friday when they take on Lone Oak at 4 p.m. and then Hardin, Ky., at 6 p.m.

The Bulldogs will play at St. Mary's High School on Saturday when they play Calloway County and Marion.

The Sikeston J.V. team defeated Poplar Bluff 8-5 to improve to 3-2 on the season.

Charlie Bohannon was the winning pitcher, throwing six innings, striking out eight and walking two while allowing six hits.

Jordan Williams collected two hits for Sikeston.

Vince Howard had a two-run home run.

Other offensive leaders were Bohannon (hit, RBI), Blair Bohannon (RBI), Dylan Tangen (hit), Steve Beydler (hit) and Jamie Milam (RBI).

Sikeston 6, Poplar Bluff 2

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WP - Joey Williams. LP - Taylor Boles. HR - Josh Jackson (S). 2B - Brennan Moore (PB), Logan Boles (PB). Multiple hitters - none. Records - Sikeston 5-0.