SIKESTON -- After a slow start that saw the Sikeston Junior Legion start off with a 1-4 record, a full roster saw Post 114 Ladies Auxiliary earn two wins last week.
On June 4, Sikeston defeated Poplar Bluff 10-0 behind a one-hit, nine strike out five inning performance from starter Jacob Clark. Sikeston also got three hits from Clark and Blake Wolferdeng while Audie Hay, John Foster and Cody Rodgers all had two hits apiece.
On Thursday, Sikeston outslugged Paducah, Ky., 13-12 in a nine inning game. Luke Williams started the game and went four innings, allowing six runs and striking out three.
"Luke did a good job for us to keep us within striking distance because (Paducah) is a really good hitting team up-and-down the lineup," said Sikeston coach Matt Johnson.
Ace Armstrong tossed the last five innings for Sikeston, allowing five earned runs while striking out seven.
"Ace battled hard for us and never gave up the big inning which was huge," Johnson said. "We had a big night at the plate, hammering 18 hits."
Foster led the way with six hits as Wolferdeng and Kennard each had four hits. Rodgers finished with three hits while Hay added two.
"This is a talented hitting team and I knew that going in," Johnson said. "We have been preaching to the boys about communicating better on defense and keeping their head in the game, in the field and on the bases. It all came together this week."
In the two games last week, Sikeston committed just one error and turned three double plays. The team has also stolen 30 bases in seven games.
"I am proud of the way they played this week and am excited for the rest of the season," Johnson said.
Sikeston will be in action on Tuesday when they host Jackson.