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SHS rallies for third win

Thursday, September 20, 2007

East Prairie's Brittany Grigsby prepares for a play at the plate at Sikeston's Kaitlyn Turnbow attempts to score.
SIKESTON -- One week ago the East Prairie Lady Eagles softball team traveled to Sikeston and took advantage of several Lady Bulldogs errors to post a 4-3 win.

On Wednesday, the roles were reversed as Sikeston made use of several Lady Eagle errors and rallied from a 6-3 deficit to win 7-6.

"The thing is we played a whole game and did not get down," said Sikeston coach Tiffany King. "We were a little bit rocky in the beginning and we fought through it to the end."

Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth, Sikeston loaded the bases with no outs but were only able to plate one run. Mary Deason scored when the throw home to get the force out hit her in the back.

But Sikeston wouldn't be denied. In the bottom of the sixth, Emilie Martin reached base on an error followed by a single from Kayla Scherer. Krystal Henson then drove in Martin with a single and advanced to second, putting runners on second and third.

Sikeston's Mara Krokstrom delivers a pitch.
One out later, Kaitlyn Turnbow put down a seemingly harmless bunt but the throw went over the head of the first baseman allowing both Scherer and Henson to score, giving Sikeston a 7-6 lead.

"The sixth inning got us," said East Prairie coach Steve Stokes. "Instead of finding a way to win we found a way to lose, but that happens. (Sikeston) is a good team so it's nothing bad to lose to those guys."

The Lady Eagles, who are missing two starters out with concussions, made five errors on the day.

"We're banged up," Stokes said. "We're trying to piece some things together and some of the mistakes today were just people being out of position. That happens but hopefully we'll bounce back."

Down one in the top of the seventh, East Prairie (3-6) refused to go out quietly, putting two runners on with only one out, but Sikeston pitcher Sarah Hopson struck out one and coaxed a pop up to first baseman Kelsie Cooper to end the game.

East Prairie's Mallory LaPlant tags out Sikeston's Mary Deeson.
"I was proud of the girls," Stokes said. "They didn't give up and made an effort in the last inning. We didn't lay down for them, we just ran out of outs."

Sikeston (3-14) struggled out of the gate, giving up two runs in the top of the first when Grace Swann, who reached on a walk, and Brittany Grigsby, who reached on an error, both came around to score giving the Lady Eagles a 2-0 advantage.

Sikeston tied the game in the bottom of the second when Emilie Martin doubled home, Sydney Davied, who singled, and Cooper, who had reached on an error.

The Lady Bulldogs grabbed the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the third when Davied plated Henson, who had singled. Henson finished the day 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Lady Bulldogs who tallied 10 hits on the day.

"Everybody was getting their bunts down and everybody was hitting," King said. "We looked really good offensively today."

The Lady Eagles regained the lead in the fourth inning when Megan Britt reached on an error and scored on a single from Madelayn Branum. Branum advanced to third on an error and then scored when Adalyn Woodard reached on an error. Jennifer Nicholson, pinch running for Woodard, then stole second and third and scored on a Blaire Peters fielder's choice giving East Prairie a 5-3 advantage.

In the top of the fifth, East Prairie scored their final run when Swann singled, stole second and advanced to third on an error before scoring on a bunt from Rachel White. That would be all the Lady Eagles could muster as Hopson shut the door the rest of the way.

Hopson, who relieved for starter Mara Krokstrom, earned the win pitching three innings and giving up one run on four hits while striking out one. Krokstrom pitched the first four innings giving up five runs on only 3 hits while striking out two and walking two.

"They both pitched really well today," King said.

The Sikeston junior varsity team will be in action today when they travel to Malden and the varsity team will play again Monday when they host Scott City. East Prairie will host Oran today at 4 p.m.