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Mules Intensify Stubbornness; Beat a Surging Sikeston, 11-10

Noah Daves, Staff Writer

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Poplar Bluff’s Varsity baseball team won the battle of offensive outbursts on Tuesday at VFW Memorial Stadium against the host Sikeston Bulldogs, 11-10.

The two teams tied 4-all through 4 innings; Poplar Bluff scored 3 runs in the top of the 5th inning, and 4 runs in the 6th inning to surge ahead; 11-4.

Sikeston turned the tables and scored 6 runs of their own in their half of the 6th inning; thanks to a Bryce Bays solo shot, an error on Poplar Bluff’s defense; and a Wyatt Pratt grand slam, cutting Bluff’s lead to a single run.

Poplar Bluff’s Tanner Tibbs picked up the win; despite having given up 10 runs, six of them earned. Mason Libla came on and picked up the save, pitching the final inning and two-thirds.

“We were stretched thin on pitchers today as it was,” Poplar Bluff coach Steven Edwards told the Sikeston Standard-Democrat on Poplar Bluff’s pitching situation. “We had a pitch-count on Tanner and the decision was to go on… He left a few pitches over the plate that inning, and maybe a little bit of fatigue set in, but we trust him.”

Sikeston starter Will Gilmer’s loss to Poplar Bluff marked his 2nd loss in 3 starts this season. He surrendered 7 runs (6 earned), 7 hits, and 5 walks in 4 ⅓ innings.

“He’s struggling a little bit right now, but as the season goes on and the good thing about Will is he will only get better and better,” Sikeston coach Brett Kolons told the Sikeston Standard-Democrat about his starter, Will Gilmer.

Poplar Bluff won their 4th-straight game; improving their record to 5-4, while Sikeston dropped to 4-2 on the season.


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Mules Intensify Stubbornness; Beat a Surging Sikeston, 11-10