#GoNuts Classic: Errors cost Silver Sox in 3-2 loss to Southern Ill.

Sikeston Silver Sox's hurler Hayden Alcorn prepares to throw a pitch to a Southern Illinois Stix batter, on Friday, June 28, 2019, in the opening round of pool play of the #GoNuts Classic, at VFW Memorial Stadium, in Sikeston.
Alex Wallner/Standard Democrat

SIKESTON — What seemingly has cost the Sikeston Silver Sox all season, did once again on Friday morning in the opening game of pool play of the #GoNuts Classic.

Errors are this team’s Achilles heel, and once again, they played a pivotal role on Friday, as the Silver Sox committed five errors in its 3-2 loss against the Southern Illinois Stix. No error more significant than the game-ending miscue.

After getting back-to-back outs, Wilson Lodge and Sharp singled for the Stix, bringing up the top of the order, with Christian Trexler.

Trexler hit the second pitch he saw into shallow left field, and as three Silver Sox converged toward the ball, the shortstop had the ball in his glove but dropped it to end the game.

On the mound, junior Hayden Alcorn was putting together a solid performance but proved to be a wasted outing. He went 6 2/3 innings, giving up six hits on one earned run.

Alcorn also struck out one and walked three.

“Just get outs as quick as I could,” said Alcorn on the gameplan going into his start. “Game plan was for me to go seven, I went 6 2/3. We got a lot of games coming up so I was just trying to save pitching for the team and the game plan was to win, but sometimes it doesn’t always go as planned.”

Early on, offense came few and far between. The fourth inning, however, saw the first run cross the plate, as the Stix took the first lead of the contest.

Tanner Shread doubled to start the rally, while Jeffery Miller followed that up by drawing a walk to put two runners on with one out.

After Lance Smith popped out to catcher Carson James, however, it looked like Alcorn was going to work out of a tight spot.

Dawson Essex would then end any hope of getting out of the frame for Sikeston, as he singled to the shortstop. Sikeston’s shortstop, though, threw the ball off-target, past the first baseman, allowing the run to score and give Southern Illinois a 1-0 lead.

The lead was short-lived, though, as Sikeston responded in the next half inning.

Trey Drake drew a one-out walk, and James reached on an error by the Stix’s first baseman, allowing Drake to score from first base. James, however, was tagged out trying to reach third for the second out.

Using that inning as momentum, the Silver Sox came back in the following inning to take the lead.

Alcorn, Jacob Leonard, and Kadin Wilburn all reached base safely to load the bags up for Joe MIles.

Miles then hit a sacrifice fly to center field, allowing Alcorn to tag and score from third, and give Sikeston a one-run lead, at 2-1.

Rallying back, Southern Illinois tied the game up in the bottom of the sixth.

Trexler singled to lead off the inning, while Shread singled with one out, to put runners on the corners.

Then, after an intentional walk to Miller, Smith hit a sacrifice fly to center field, to tie the game before Essex grounded out to retire the side.

Bringing in a reliever for the top of the seventh, Sharp came in and allowed a leadoff walk, but that would be all the traffic he ushered, as the next three batters were retired in order — two by strikeout — to end the frame and lead to the eventual game-winner in the bottom half of the frame.

Sikeston plays the Southeast Tropics, today, at 9:30 a.m., at VFW Memorial Stadium. They also take on Mayfield Legion, at 1:30 p.m. to end pool play.

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