(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
SIKESTON -- With their win over the Doniphan Dons Monday afternoon the Sikeston Bulldogs push their current winning streak to four, their longest of the season.
Coming in to the contest with three consecutive wins to match their previous high, the Bulldogs put up eight hits for four runs in the 4-1 decision.
"For the most part we got hits when we needed to," Sikeston coach Kevin Self said. "We didn't score a lot of runs, but we scored enough to win."
After playing Doniphan to a 1-1 tie, the Bulldogs got their big break in the fourth.
Jason Isaacs singled to left followed by Jordan Williams walking to leave runners at first and second with one out.
Next up to bat, designated hitter Nathan Rodgers hit a shot to center that sailed just a few feet over the center fielder's head, allowing both runners to score and Rodgers to end up at second with a double.
"It was hit in the right spot," Self said. "When it kind of bounced around and (the fielder) didn't catch it clean, Jordan was able to score on that play. So that made a big difference."
Capping off the drive, starting pitcher Ross Bohannon hit a line drive single to center, scoring Rodgers from second and giving Sikeston a three-run lead.
On defense, despite only allowing two hits and one walk throughout the game, twice Doniphan was left with a runner in scoring position with less than two outs.
Both times Bohannon was able to work out of the jam with minimal damage.
In the second, after an initial walk of the Dons' No. 9 hitter Drew Short, Doniphan was left with a runner at third with one out.
Attempting to squeeze, batter Matt Crew bunted back to the pitchers mound, resulting in the batter being thrown out at home.
"I had a feeling they would try a suicide squeeze or something tricky," Bohannon said. "I threw it high so he'd bunt it to me so I could get the out."
Bohannon would strike out the next batter to get out of the inning.
Doniphan's next and last big opportunity to start a rally came in the fourth when the Bulldogs started the inning with two errors allowing the Dons to get two on with no outs.
In between striking out two of the next three batters to get out of the jam, Bohannon would allow the Dons' only run of the game, coming off a sacrifice fly to center by Bo Blackwell scoring Jordan Casteel.
Picking up his second win of the season, Bohannon went five full innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking six.
"Ross threw the ball well," Self said. "His breaking ball was for strikes today. It was in good shape and that made the difference, because they weren't sure what to do with the breaking ball."
Trey Tigart picked up the save, coming in for the final two innings only allowing one hit.
Four of the six outs, Tigart collected came by strikeout including striking out the side in the seventh to close out the game.
On offense two Bulldogs collected multiple hits on the afternoon, with Isaacs and Trent McMillan both going 2-for-3. Three of the team's eight hits were doubles as Isaacs, Rodgers and McMillan all contributed one.
For Doniphan, starting pitcher Wesley Smith gets the loss, dropping him below the .500 mark on the season at 3-4.
He went 4 1/3 innings giving up seven hits and walking three while neither he or the Dons' other pitcher Casteel earned a strikeout.
Doniphan's two hits on the night were both singles coming courtesy of Russ Miller to start off the first and Jon David Harber in the middle of the sixth.
With the win Sikeston now stands at 11-5 on the season. If they want to push their winning streak to five they'll have to get past 13-1 Notre Dame, who they play today at 4 p.m.
Doniphan 000 100 0 - 1
Sikeston 010 300 x - 4
WP -- Ross Bohannon (2-0). LP -- Wesley Smith (3-4). S -- Trey Tigart. Multiple hits -- (S) Jason Isaacs 2-3, Trent McMillan 2-3. 2B -- (S) Isaacs, Rodgers, McMillan.