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Dunklin County slips past Sikeston Post 114

Saturday, June 9, 2012

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Sikeston Post 114's Patrick Smith dives back into first base as Dunklin County's David McDaniel tries to collect a pickoff throw from the pitcher on Friday during the Fighting Squirrels Classic at Hillhouse Park. Brent Shipman, Staff
CHARLESTON -- Despite getting seven solid innings from starter Cord Sheehy on Friday, Sikeston Legion Post 114 wasn't able to rebound from their opening round loss the day prior in the Fighting Squirrel Classic.

Playing Dunklin County Legacy Equipment Legion in the consolation bracket, Post 114 stranded a total of 10 runners on their way to a 3-2 loss that pushes them down into the 13th-place game of the tournament.

"We had bases loaded and one out in the first inning and only got one run out of it," Sikeston head coach Alan Scheeter said. "I come back to the dugout and told our kids that's going to come back to hurt us. Sure enough it did."

The missed opportunity Scheeter alluded to started off with Post 114 getting a pair of hits and a walk off of Dunklin County starter Jacob Trammel to open the game with bases loaded and one out.

A walk to JayShawn McDaniel in the next at bat forced in the go-ahead run, however, Trammel struck out Sikeston's next hitter before getting a ground out to prevent any more damage.

After going down in order in the first frame, Legacy Equipment responded in the second when an infield error eventually put the tying run on second. A two-out double to left field by Hunter Cook tied things at 1-1.

It wasn't until the top of the fifth, off two Post 114 errors, that Dunklin County took their first lead of the contest at 2-1. Taking advantage of another leadoff error by Sikeston in the top of the seventh, Legacy Equipment added what turned out to be one final crucial run.

The run came in after David McDaniel reached for on an error. He moved to third on a misplayed fielder's choice before a walk loaded the bases with one out. Another walk, to Logan Carter, forced in McDaniel to move Dunklin County ahead 3-1.

Though Legacy equipment had the bases loaded with the opportunity to do more damage, Scheeter collected two straight strikeouts to end the threat.

"You think a one (run lead) is enough, but it's never enough," Dunklin County head coach Jamie Johnson said of getting the extra run. "Not in this game. It can come back and bit you. We're doing some things that we don't need to be doing and that's how you get beat in this game."

Down to their final three outs, Post 114 came to bat in the bottom of seventh with their top of the order up and, on a pop up and strikeout, got two quick outs.

With no room for error, Nathan Maynard drew a walk before a single by Austin Hatchel put the tying run at first. Already with one hit on the contest, McDaniel sent a grounder into left field that closed Post 114's deficit to one and put the winning run at second.

Unfortunately for Sikeston, with the tying run at third, Dunklin closer Perry Middle got his second strikeout of the inning to end the game.

"It was good to see us come back there in the seventh inning," Scheeter said. "We had two outs and we end up battling back and scoring a run. We had winning run on second base. A single there and he scores for sure.

"It's a tough one to lose like that, but at least we were in the game. We had our opportunities to win. That's really all you can ask of your kids."

In not being able to finish off their comeback bid, and committing four errors, Sikeston left Sheehy holding the loss despite pitching a two-hitter and holding Dunklin County hitless the final four innings.

He walked five and fanned five while forcing Legacy Equipment to strand seven total runners.

"He did a great job today," Scheeter said of Sheehy. "You can't ask for more than that. He held a really good team to no earned runs. All three of their runs were unearned.

"If we make plays behind him, we end up winning the game 1-0 probably."

Sheehy's counterpart, Trammel, picked up the win. He went six innings, giving up one earned run on four hits and six walks while striking out four.

Middleton earned the save by pitching the seven. He gave up two hits, a walk and struck out two.

"I've been real happy and satisfied with our pitchers," Johnson said. "They're working hard and trying to find a groove out there and how they fit in.

"But defensively and offensively right now, when you can't hit it and catch it, you're struggling. That's how we're playing even though we won today."

On the offensive side, Sikeston's six effort was led by Austin Hatchel and McDaniel as each went 2 for 3. McDaniel reached in three of his four plate appearances and drove in both of Post 114's runs. Patrick Smith and Sheehy added a single east to Sikeston's cause.

For Dunklin County, Justin Norman and Cook had a single and double respectively.

Dunklin Co, 010 010 1 - 3 2 1

Sikeston 100 000 1 - 2 5 4

WP -- Jacob Trammel. LP -- Cord Sheehy. SV -- Perry Middleton. Multiple hitters: (S) Austin Hatchel 2-3. JayShawn McDaniel 2-3. 2B -- (D) Hunter Cook.


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