Junior Legion team takes three-of-four over the weekend
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Junior Legion Auxiliary Unit 114 baseball team split a doubleheader with Perryville on Saturday and swept a doubleheader with Cape on Sunday at VFW Stadium.
Sunday, Sikeston won a thrilling opening game 8-7 before turning around and hammering their district rivals 14-1 in five innings.
"After the game against Perryville we didn't play very well," said Sikeston head coach Jeff Limbaugh. "Losing that one and then taking two from Cape. That did make it a very good weekend for us at 3-1."
Despite eight errors against Cape in the first game, Unit 114 had enough offense to pull out the victory.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth Tyler Baker doubled. That led to Matt Limbaugh's game-winning RBI-single.
Ross Merideth got the win, throwing six innings and allowing two earned runs off seven hits. He had two strikeouts and one walk. Jordan Kimball picked up the save in the seventh, striking out two and walking one.
Limbaugh went 2-2 with two RBIs. J.R. Bizzell went 2-2 with an RBI. Kimball, Eric Chappell, Baker and Zach Dill each had hits.
In the second game, Ben Walters got the win in five innings pitched. He allowed four hits while striking out four.
Andy Ganter had two doubles and four RBIs. Kimball also had two hits.
Baker had three RBIs while Dill had two RBIs with a double.
Cullen DeHart, Ryan Adams, Jordan Penn and Colt Pruitt each had hits.
On Saturday, Sikeston rolled past Perryville 14-3 in six innings in the opener.
Dill got the win in six innings pitched. He allowed five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Kimball went 2-3 with three RBIs. DeHart was 2-3 with an RBI.
In the second game, Perryville bounced back to win 11-1 in five innings.
Adams was the losing pitcher.
Joe Lincoln had two hits with an RBI. DeHart had two hits and Garland Hemphill had one hit.
"Our pitching's good -- it's just our defense," said Limbaugh. "We're not fielding very well right now. We're moving people around, trying to find that right defensive combination. Pitching and defense wins. We're not playing good defense right now but we will be hopefully down the road."
Sikeston (7-3, 1-0 in district) will host Scott County on Tuesday at 6 p.m.