(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
DEXTER -- After easily winning the first game of their doubleheader with the Dexter Bearcats summer squad 7-2 Wednesday evening, the Sikeston Auxiliary Post 114 Junior Legion squad would have to fight a little harder in the second contest to earn the sweep.
Only scheduled to go five innings, the two teams would battle through three extra innings before a single by Cord Sheehy in the eighth brought home the game-winning run with Post 114 edging out the Bearcats 4-3.
"Offensively we struggled in both games," Sikeston coach Charlie Driskill said. "We're usually better offensively, but sometimes defense wins games and today it did."
Dexter was able to force extra innings after they rallied from an 2-0 deficit with runs in the bottom of the second and forth tying up the ball game.
Both teams would go scoreless in the sixth before Sikeston momentarily broke the tie in the top of the seventh.
With courtesy runner Luke Keefer at third with one out, Caleb Hampton laid down a squeeze bunt toward the first base line, allowing Keefer to score to give Post 114 a 3-2 lead.
In the home half of the inning, the Bearcats responded with lead-off hitter Brad Potts reaching on an error before stealing second.
Two batters later Elliot Mason would hit a shot to left field which allowed Potts to score, tying the game and leaving Mason with a double.
Scoring what would be the winning run of the game for Sikeston, Grant Hinton led off the eighth reaching on a single before advancing to second on a fielding error by the left fielder.
Sheehy's above mentioned single, a drive to left field, would score Hinton for the go-ahead run.
Though Dexter would have Owen Flowers as the tying run on second with no outs in the bottom of the frame, the Bearcats luck would run out as none of the final three batters could advance Flowers ending their comeback bid in what was Dexter's last game of the summer season.
"Even though we ended with two losses tonight I really feel like our kids competed well," Dexter coach Brian Becker said. "For the most part they did all summer even when we were over-matched and we were over-matched a lot of times.
"These kids battled hard as was evident in the second game. We got down, but didn't quit and that's a good sign of things to come."
The two teams started out the night with a seven inning contest that saw Sikeston jump out to an early 7-0 lead.
Starting pitcher Trey Tigart would hold Dexter to only two runs while striking out 12 Bearcats to secure the 7-2 win.
Tigart also lent his hand to the offense, leading the team in the first contest by going 2-for-4 with two doubles.
|Sikeston||331 000 0 -- 7|
|Dexter||001 100 0 -- 2|
WP -- Trey Tigart. LP -- Zach Watson. Multiple hitters -- (S) Trey Tigart 2-4. 2B -- (S) Tigart 2; (D) Elliot Mason. 3B -- (S) Andrew Hicks.
|Sikeston||110 000 11 -- 4|
|Dexter||010 100 10 -- 3|
WP -- Jake Wilson. LP -- Elliot Mason. 2B -- (S) Clay Driskill, Erwin; (D) Elliot Mason.