PIERCE CITY -- In a contest of winless teams, the Pierce City Eagles put together a comprehensive game Tuesday to defeat the Sarcoxie Bears, 12-2, and go 1-2 on the season.
A week after Cassville pelted junior Eagle pitcher Mitchell Gibson, he dominated Sarcoxie, scattering five hits and fanning eight.
When a baseball team sprouts more errors than hits or runs, defeat is the likely byproduct. It's also a sign of a young team and thus is the case of Sarcoxie, a bleak start to the season at 0-4.
"We're young," said Sarcoxie Coach Dale Rice. "We'll get on track and be competitive as the kids develop baseball knowledge. Even with the losses, there's optimism."
The Bears came to life in the fifth inning with sacrifice hits and base-running hustle to earn some offensive respect to make it 7-2.
After their own winless start, Pierce City was a new team with a 10-run margin that terminated the game in the sixth inning.
"We played with confidence," said Pierce City Coach Darin Henderson. "We ran well, we batted well, we executed."
Several players stood out for their coach.
"Jim Conley (senior centerfielder) did everything we asked him to - three sacrifice bunts," said Coach Henderson. "Trenton Boykin (junior catcher) was on base all day. And he did a good job calling pitches."
Perhaps Coach Henderson brought some momentum to his team after being named athletic director by the school board.
"I'm really excited," he said. "I'll do everything I can to help our kids.
"We need to get some lights for the baseball field and have the track resurfaced," added Henderson.
Now three years at Pierce City, teaching biology is his other day job.
Pierce City hits: Wayne Joe Sooter (single and double), Gavin Bremer, Robert Baldwin, Trenton Boykin, Mitchell Gibson.
The Eagles host Miller on Friday.