(David Jenkins, Staff)
On the second pitch he saw, Williams sent a deep drive over the fence in left field to give the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead. On the mound, Williams also pitched around a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the first inning and made some good pitches in doing so.
However, clinching to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third, the Notre Dame Bulldogs woke up at the plate.
Sikeston's rival to the north pounded out 10 hits and nine runs in the middle innings handing the Sikeston Bulldogs a 10-5 loss on opening day.
"I thought we swung the bats really well," Sikeston head coach Kevin Self said. "I thought we hit good pitches, we drove in runs when we had the opportunity. I'm not displeased with the way we played at all. I thought we played really, really well to be honest with you."
After Williams ignited his teammates and the red-wearing Bulldog fans in the grandstands with his lead-off shot, Sikeston added one more run in the top of the second with an RBI single from Cody Rice. Rice, who had three hits for Sikeston, plated Nathan Rogers, who had reached earlier in the inning with a double to left-centerfield.
A Notre Dame run from a double by Jimmy Obermark in the bottom of the second made it 2-1 in favor of Sikeston. With the heart of Notre Dame's lineup due up in the bottom of the third and seeing Williams on the mound for the second time, Notre Dame had a better idea of what Williams was bringing to the plate.
"They got to Jordan the second time through the order," said Self. "They made good contact and we made a couple of mistakes here and there. Good hitters will tell you when you make a mistake and they did."
A four-run third inning from Notre Dame is what sparked the overall result. Trenton St. Cin roped a single to begin the inning and was drove in a batter later by Mark Hagadorn with the second single of the inning which tied the game at two. Colton Young provided the biggest blow of the inning with a two-run home run to left field.
The pre-season All-American pitcher hit Notre Dame's third home run of the season to break the 2-2 tie and put Notre Dame ahead. The very next hitter in the lineup, Jeremy Essner jacked a solo shot to right field to give Notre Dame a 5-2 lead.
"[Sikeston] jumped out on us and did a good job," Notre Dame head coach Jeff Graviett said. "From the first couple of pitches they got up and got that lead. But, we've got so much confidence in our offense. We thought we could come back from about anything so, we don't get too rattled."
Notre Dame scored three more in the fourth inning chasing Williams from the mound in the process. Wesley Glaus provided a bases-clearing double that bounced off the wall in left field to give Notre Dame a commanding 8-2 lead. An RBI double by St. Cin and another RBI single from Hagadorn had Notre Dame up 10-2 going into the top of the sixth inning.
Sikeston freshman Tyler Anderson trimmed the lead in half in the top of the sixth inning with a three-run blast to left field.
"We're pretty solid swinging the bats and I feel up and down our lineup we don't have automatic outs," Self said. "We've got guys that can put it into play and drive it in the gaps."
In only their second game of the season, Notre Dame (2-0) looked to be in mid-season form with offensive juggernauts up and down the lineup. Notre Dame pounded out 13 hits throughout the game including six extra base hits.
"Most of these guys are 12-month baseball guys now and they're in mid-season form swinging the bats right now," Graviett said. "That's a true advantage for us. It's tremendous with the power from top to bottom, the speed up and down that we have and it's just going to be a tough, tough lineup for somebody to come get out on, on a daily basis."
Sikeston was not too shabby in that department as well. The Red Dogs had nine hits on the day including two home runs and two doubles.
Williams was given the loss after 3 2/3 innings of work. He allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks.
"I thought he did what he was supposed to do," Self said about Williams. "I wasn't going to let him go more than four or five tops because I knew he wasn't going to go the full game and so, once he got to throwing a lot of pitches I felt like it was time to get him out."
Brandon Peters, who relieved Notre Dame starter St. Cin after 2 2/3 innings, picked up the win in 3 1/3 of work. His only stain on the day was the three-run homer from Anderson in the sixth inning.
"He settled in and did a good job," Graviett said about Peters. "He's a guy that relies on getting ahead. He's not going to fool you with a lot of pitches. Once he kind of settled in he was able to keep them off balance and give us two or three good innings. That's what we expect out of him."
Sikeston (0-1) is back in action today taking on the Kelly Hawks at Kelly High School. Details from that game can be read in the Thursday edition of the Standard Democrat.
Sikeston 110 003 0 -- 5
Notre Dame 014 320 x -- 10
WP -- Brandon Peters (ND). LP -- Jordan Williams (S). Multiple hitters: SIKESTON -- Blake Newman 2, Nathan Rogers 2, Cody Rice 3. NOTRE DAME -- Jacob Pewitt 2, Trenton St. Cin 2, Mark Hagadorn 2, Colton Young 2, Wesley Glaus 2. 2B -- Newman (S), Rogers (S), Jimmy Obermark (ND), Pewitt (ND), St. Cin (ND), Glaus (ND). HR -- Williams (S), Anderson (S), Young (ND), Jeremy Essner (ND).