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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sikeston's Trey Tigart is congratulated by teammate Drew Harper after scoring a run in the first inning on Tuesday night against Charleston at VFW Stadium. David Jenkins, Staff
SIKESTON -- In a battle between two rivals, Tuesday night's game between Sikeston and Charleston went a lot deeper than a baseball game between the two schools.

The event was dubbed "Rivals for a Cure!" in an effort to bring attention to breast cancer with proceeds from the game, as well as T-shirts that were sold, being donated to the Missouri Delta Medical Center's Mammography Department.

Sikeston won the game 12-0 in five innings at VFW Stadium to improve to 8-5 on the season.

Due to the special circumstances, the game started at a later-than-normal time at 6 p.m. The result was the largest crowd for a Bulldog home game in several years with the majority of the crowd clad in pink T-shirts.

The Bulldogs wore pink uniforms while Charleston's uniforms had pink numbers.

Despite the ceremonies, there was still a baseball game to be played. Sikeston very quickly put the game out of reach with a 10-run first inning.

The big inning was mostly a result of Charleston miscues as the Bluejays committed three errors and walked three batters.

"They made some mistakes and we put the ball in play and they had a little trouble catching it and throwing it," Sikeston coach Alan Scheeter said. "We had a couple hits mixed in there and we ran the bases well. That was probably our best offensive inning in terms of run production that we've had all season. Anytime you can score 10 runs in the first inning, that's a big psychological factor as well. Not only are you up 10 runs, but now the other team's thinking 'this is going to be a long day.'"

For the Bluejays, it was an all-too-familiar tune as they fell to 1-14 on the season.

"It was bad," Charleston coach Michael Minner said. "We've got to find a way to make routine plays. We're giving people eight and nine outs an inning. You can't do that and win and you can't do that and be in ballgames. It is what it is. You've got to want to be at the park, you've got to want to be here and get better. We're shuffling guys around and we've had a lot of different lineups."

After a scoreless second inning, Sikeston tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third on a two-run single by Trent McMillan.

The Bulldogs also got strong pitching from Drew Harper, Luis Matos and Jacob Wilson, who combined for the one-hit shutout.

"Drew threw two really good innings and Luis came in and did a really good job," Scheeter said. "He's been looking pretty decent in the bullpen and he came in and threw strikes. Jake Wilson did the same thing. On the mound today I thought we were really, really good."

Harper was the winning pitcher, throwing two innings and striking out four of the six batters he faced. Matos struck out two and walked one in two innings of work. Wilson pitched a scoreless fifth, giving up one hit.

Trey Bledsoe broke up the no-hitter with an infield single with two outs in the fifth.

"We take two steps forward and then we take four steps back," Minner said. "Yesterday we came out against a good Chaffee team and we played pretty good. Today we came out against a good Sikeston team and we played awful."

Sikeston collected six hits in the game led by Harper's two doubles and two RBIs.

Charleston's Trey Watkins was the losing pitcher, throwing two innings and allowing three hits and four earned runs. He struck out one and walked four. The Bluejays committed four errors in the game.

"Not taking anything away from them, but offensively, I don't know how good Sikeston is," Minner said. "I couldn't give anybody a scouting report now if somebody called me. I don't know. We gave up 10 runs off three hits in the first inning. It's been a struggle and it's wore on me mentally and I know it's wearing on the kids."

Scheeter used the lopsided early score as an opportunity to insert younger players into the lineup.

"Alan Scheeter is a class act," Minner said. "He was very cordial with us today. From one coach to another, I'd like to say he's a class act and I'm very appreciative for the way he treated us today."

Charleston will play at Scott City on Tuesday. Sikeston will host Cape Central on Friday in a makeup game.

After the game, Scheeter reflected on the "Rivals for a Cure!" event.

"This was an excellent idea that coach Minner had mentioned to me in the offseason and then Tricia Keefer came up to me and asked if we wanted to do something like that and I thought it sounded like a great idea," he said. "Tricia took the ball and ran with that and she did a really good job with it. It's a great cause and anytime we can help do something like that for the community, that's a positive for us. The kids had a really good time with it. They enjoyed selling the T-shirts and they liked wearing the pink uniforms today and we had a great crowd today. It was a really good experience."

Charleston 0 00 00 -- 0 1 4

Sikeston (10)02 00 -- 12 6 1

WP -- Drew Harper. LP -- Trey Watkins. 2B -- (S) Harper 2. Multiple hitters -- (S) Harper 2-3