(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Scoring all five of their runs in the second inning, Sikeston Post 114 couldn't keep up with Cape Girardeau Ford and Sons Post 63's fire power in the two team's contest Wednesday night.
Though Post 114 would hold a momentary 5-2 lead after the top of the second, Post 63 would take over soon thereafter to ultimately win 11-5.
"We really didn't play too bad," Sikeston coach Chris Crosby said. "We had a couple of errors, but Cape hit the ball.
"They're a good hitting team and when you make mistakes pitching they're going to make you pay for it."
Originally scheduled to be played at Capaha Field in Cape Girardeau, rain forced the teams to move locations, switching to VFW Memorial Stadium in Sikeston with Post 63 still batting in the home-half of the innings.
After Cape took an early 2-0 lead after the first, Sikeston's offense would answer with the above mentioned five-run rally.
Post 114 would benefit greatly in the frame off Cape mistakes as three errors by Post 63's defense kept Sikeston's rally alive.
Ross Bohannon would cap off the inning with a drive to right field scoring Post 114's final two runs of the inning.
Cape responded quickly putting up five runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to give Post 63 a 7-5 advantage.
"We did do one thing well, we hit the ball today," Post 63 coach Todd Pennington said. "That has to happen to happen if we have blunders in the field."
Unfortunately for Sikeston, after their one big rally, Post 114 couldn't come up with a timely hit.
Though they would have runners in scoring position in four of the last five innings, Sikeston would be unable to close the gap.
Cape would add two insurance runs in both the fifth and sixth frames to round out the final scores.
"We started out well," Post 114's Bohannon said. "We hit the ball and got runners in scoring position, but we couldn't come through with the key hit or pop fly to get the runners home.
"We just needed that one big hit to get us back in it or to get the lead and we just couldn't get it."
On the night Sikeston would come away with six hits as Bohannon, Josh Boese and Ben Freed tied for the team lead with two apiece.
Taking the loss is starter Ben Freed who went six innings allowing nine runs on seven hits while striking out three.
As for Cape, Post 63 had eight hits on the contest with Dustin Crowden leading the team going 3-for-3 with a double and a triple.
Starter Tanner Hiett gets the win going four innings allowing five runs on four hits while striking out three.
Sikeston 050 000 0 - 5
Cape Girardeau 250 022 x - 11
WP -- Tanner Hiett. LP -- Ben Freed. Multiple hitters -- (S) Ross Bohannon 2-3, Josh Boese 2-3, Ben Freed 2-4; (C) Dustin Crowden 3-3. 2B -- (S) Boese 2, Freed 2; (C) Crowden. 3B -- (C) Crowden.