#GoNuts Classic: Silver Sox, Fighting Squirrels each drop two games on Saturday
SIKESTON — Joe Miles reached base safely in all of his three at-bats on Saturday in the second day of the #GoNuts Classic, at VFW Memorial Stadium.
Miles went 2-for-3 in the second game of the Sikeston Silver Sox’s doubleheader, with a pair of RBI. His breakout game came in a losing effort, however, as the Silver Sox dropped to 0-3 in the tournament, after a 5-3 loss to Mayfield Legion.
In the first inning, Miles got the Silver Sox on the board first. With two outs in the inning, Miles hit a single to drive in Jacob Leonard — who drew a walk and stole second base to set up the go-ahead run.
Then in the third inning, Miles collected his second RBI of the game, again with two outs.
Preston Alexander led the frame off with a single, and after stealing second base again, Miles hit another single for the Silver Sox’s third run of the game.
“Joe actually stepped up this game,” Sikeston head coach Josh Hampton said. “He hasn’t been hitting well the past few days, but they finally broke out of it. He got two RBI and hit the ball very well.”
Miles added that he felt he saw the ball well.
“The big thing that I saw today was 2-for-3 with two singles and that last one, I still got on-base there, even though I struck out, really shows just how much hustle puts into this game,” Miles said.
In a season where a lot has been going the opposite direction for the Silver Sox, there is a silver lining.
Sikeston boasts a very young team but shows much promise in spurts.
Cutting down on errors, while also being able to put the ball in play with runners on base, are two things that this team needs to improve on down the road.
“We had a few errors that put us behind,” Hampton said. “If we can cut down on our errors in major situations. When we have runners on, we’re not putting the ball in play; we’re not getting effective at-bats. It’s hurting us in the long run. We’re not playing terrible baseball, but we need to play better.”
WP — Caden Green. LP — Preston Alexander. Multiple hitters: Sikeston — Joe Miles 2-3.
Mobile Rawdogs 12, Charleston Fighting Squirrels 19u 5
CHARLESTON, Mo. — Everything looked promising for the Charleston Fighting Squirrels on Saturday, in the second day of the #GoNuts Classic.
Leading 3-2 heading into the late innings, Charleston pitcher Stephen Willis did not look rusty in the least.
After getting pulled after five innings of work, however, the wheels came off of the Charleston wagon, as the Mobile Rawdogs erupted for 10 runs in the final two innings to put the game out of reach, winning 12-5, at Hillhouse Park, in Charleston.
Willis’ strong showing was washed down the drain, as the bullpen allowed all 10 of the runs, seven earned.
The first three batters for the Rawdogs drew walks, loading the bases for JT Lastorka.
One costly mistake later, and the Fighting Squirrels trailed 5-3, as an error on the Fighting Squirrels first baseman allowed a pair of Mobile baserunners to cross the plate.
The game was then out of hand, as the next three batters singled to drive in runs, making it an 8-3 game.
Overall, a total of nine batters reached base safely before the first out got recorded in the frame.
WP — TJ Kervin. LP — Luke Nichols. 2B — Chase Crosnoe (C), Breven Yarbro (C). 3B — Kendall Cribb (M). Multiple hitters: Mobile — Hunter Tillman 3-4, Kendall Cribb 2-3, Spencer Hadley 3-3.
Jefferson City Legion 6, Charleston Fighting Squirrels 19u 1
CHARLESTON, Mo. — Josef Keilhotz kept the Charleston Fighting Squirrels off-balance in the first game of the defending Senior Babe Ruth World Series champions doubleheader on Saturday.
Keilhotz pitched a complete game for Jefferson City Legion, giving up eight hits, on one run, and striking out six, in their 6-1 win at Hillhouse Park in Charleston.
The Squirrels couldn’t figure out the Jefferson City Legion hurler from the start, as only two players recorded more than one hit. Jacob Watkins and Breven Yarbro each went 2-for-3.
Dawson Treat got charged with all 12 hits that Jefferson City Legion mustered, along with six runs — three earned — over his five innings of work.
WP — Josef Keilhotz. LP — Dawson Treat. 2B — Jack Shinkle (JC). 3B — Dawson Koch (JC). Multiple hitters: Jefferson City Legion — Gage Bax 2-3, Zach Davidson 2-3, Dawson Schulte 3-3; Charleston — Jacob Watkins 2-3, Breven Yarbro 2-3.