(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Senior American Legion Post 114 baseball team opened its season with two dominating victories against Perryville on Wednesday at VFW Stadium.
Post 114 secured a 10-run rule victory in the first game, 14-4 in five innings. Sikeston won the nightcap 10-4.
"We had a good game all the way around," said Sikeston coach Todd Baker after the first victory. "We played solid defense. We didn't make many mistakes and we just hit the ball well. Perryville had a doubleheader last night so they may be a little tired, but they hit the ball well too. We just made the plays we needed to make."
Post 114 did it all with six players missing for various reasons.
In the first game, Sikeston scored five runs in both the first and second innings to lead 10-0.
Perryville scored four runs in the third inning to cut the lead to 10-4, but Sikeston enforced the mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth with four more runs.
Sikeston ripped 14 hits in the game, including five extra-base hits.
Josh Stevens went 4-4 with a double and three runs scored. Josh Jackson went 2-4 with a home run, a double and three runs scored.
Others were Cody Anderson (2-3, RBI), Nick Lambert (1-2, 3 runs), Austin Williams (1-2, triple, 3 RBIs) and Josh Pierce (1-3, RBI). Garrett Limbaugh and Seth Baker each had a run scored.
"We came out hitting the ball and hitting it hard," said Baker. "That made the difference. We jumped out early and it set the tone."
Limbaugh was the winning pitcher, throwing five innings and allowing six hits. He struck out four and walked two.
"For the most part Garrett threw well and threw strikes," said Baker. "He had a couple rough innings where he couldn't get comfortable. Overall he threw well and we got a 'W'. We'll take it."
Sikeston jumped out to an early lead in the second game as well and never looked back. Jackson added a second sole home run in the game.
Zach Friend was the winning pitcher in 4 1/3 innings of work. Anderson threw the final 2 2/3 innings in relief.
"We played pretty sound defense," said Baker. "I couldn't be happier right now."
Sikeston will host Jackson on Friday in a district doubleheader at VFW Stadium starting at 6 p.m.