Junior Legion: Unit 114 staves off elimination against Scott Co.
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston Junior Legion Auxiliary Unit 114 baseball team staved off elimination Thursday during the 2013 District 14 Junior Legion Tournament at Cape Central High School.
The double-elimination tournament didn't start out the way Unit 114 wanted as they took an 11-1 loss to the chin at the hands of Cape Girardeau's junior legion squad.
Sikeston tied the game in the second inning scoring what would turn out to be their only run of the contest. Cape tacked on three in the third, two in the fourth and five more in the seventh to end the game.
Cody Rogers was the losing pitcher for Sikeston after throwing seven innings and giving up five earned runs on eight eights and five walks. Rogers also struck out four.
Trey Smith and Audie Hay each had two hits to lead Unit 114 with Smith adding a double.
After falling into the elimination side of the bracket, Sikeston kept their tournament hopes alive by way of an unusual ending.
A catcher's balk allowed Unit 114 to score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to give them a 9-8 victory over Scott County Junior Legion Post 369.
Sebastian Matos picked up the win after 1 2/3 innings on the mound. Matos gave up two runs (both unearned) on one hit and four walks. He also struck out two.
Luke Williams and Gage Silman, who was Unit 114's starting pitcher, each led Sikeston with two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Unit 114 (21-9) will play the loser of the Cape-Jackson matchup today at 4 p.m. at Cape Central High School.