OWENSBORO, Ky. -- The Sikeston Bulls only won three games in 24 contests on the road last year.
They're already a third of the way there after defeating Owensboro 10-1 on Friday night in their season-opener.
Owensboro is the defending champion in the Kitty League, but Sikeston shocked the Oilers with its speed and aggressive mentality on the basepaths.
"We shocked them -- we ran a lot and made them make the plays," said first-
year Sikeston coach Jamie Puckett. "They weren't expecting us to do that. We ran on the catcher the whole day. We put pressure on them and forced the issue. They're the defending champions and to come in on their home field and go out there and beat them like that -- it just feels great."
Sikeston led 1-0 and an error allowed the Oilers to tie the game. But Sikeston exploded for five runs in the sixth inning and four more in the ninth to pull out the victory.
"When we had runners in scoring position we got a few hits, but we mostly put the ball in play," said Puckett. "We didn't sit on the lead. We kept pouring it on. It's a good way to start the season. It's a good feeling getting that first one out of the way. We're very confident right now."
The Bulls also got a standout pitching performance from Todd Otto.
The right-hander threw eight innings, allowing three hits with seven strikeouts. Jeremy Brinkmeyer threw a scoreless inning of relief in the ninth inning.
"Todd threw a whale of a game -- you can't ask for anymore than what he gave us," said Puckett. "Our defense, once again, was there. That's the biggest confidence builder for a pitcher, when you have a defense like that."
The Oilers only got one runner past second base the entire game.
The Bulls were led offensively by John Myers, who went 3-5 with two doubles, three runs and two RBIs. Derrick Washington went 1-5 with a triple, two RBIs and a run scored. Robbie Hohler went 1-3 with a double and an RBI.
The Bulls were scheduled to play Owensboro in a doubleheader last night.
Results from those games will be in Monday's edition.