(Photo by Chris Moore, Staff)
The twinbill opener was far from an artistic effort, on either side, with a combined total of 19 bases on balls and eight errors.
"The score's ugly, the game was ugly, but it's a W," said Sikeston coach Todd Baker. "We'll take it and, hopefully, we can build off that."
Sikeston (4-3) fell behind early, 7-0 after two innings, then faced a deficit of 13-6 going into the bottom of the sixth frame.
Cody Black, the winning pitcher in relief, breathed life into Post 114 with a two-run shot over the left-field fence to cut the margin to 13-8 after six, then held Perryville scoreless in the top of the seventh.
"Cody's been in a little bit of a drought, but he came out of it tonight," said Baker.
Black went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
In the decisive bottom of the seventh, Sikeston pinch-hitter Colt Pruitt led off with a sharp single to right field ahead of pinch-hitter Dexter Moore's walk.
Following a popout, both runners advanced on a wild pitch.
Austin Williams' one-out single plated Pruitt and Moore took advantage of a sloppy Perryville throw-in to scamper home also, slicing the margin to three at 13-10.
Williams moved to second on a late attempt to nail Moore at home.
Next up, Drew Pixley singled home Williams to further cut the lead to 13-11. Cole Smith walked, then he and Pixley advanced to second and third, respectively, on a passed ball.
Tyler Baker, inserted in the fifth inning after a pitching change, stroked a two-run double to left field to score Pixley and move to within one at 13-12.
Smith, unable to score on the hard-hit liner, stopped at third while Baker pulled into second base.
Perryville elected to issue an intentional pass to Black to load the bases, obviously setting up a force-play situation.
But, Sikeston's Dustin Barker blew that plan up with a single to drive home Smith and Baker with the game-tying and game-winning runs.
Perryville (1-7), aided by a couple of Sikeston errors -- Post 114 committed six on the evening -- and four walks scored two runs in the first and five in the second inning.
Said Todd Baker, "I don't care who you're playing, you've got to throw strikes and when you get behind in the count and have to throw strikes, the game's simplified for them (opposing team)."
A bases-loaded double by Kory Mueller was the big blow for Perryville in the second.
Perryville returned the favor in the third as Sikeston scored six unearned runs to close the gap to 7-6. Three walks, two hit batsmen and two errors fueled the comeback.
Perryville tacked on two runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, before Sikeston's furious late rally.
Pixley led Sikeston's 14-hit offense with a 3-for-4, two RBI-night. Williams equaled Black's output with two hits.
Black, in relief of starter Ryan Adams, picked up the win with three innings of work.
He gave up four runs on only one hit, but again, walks (six) and errors (two) plagued Post 114.
"We've got to quit making errors and turn some things around," said Todd Baker. "We can hit the ball with anybody, but we've got to quit giving up the easy runs."
Results of the nightcap were unavailable at press time.
Sikeston hosts Ste. Genevieve in a non-district doubleheader at V.F.W. Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m.