CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston tennis team dropped to 8-2 on the season after losing 6-3 to the Cape Central Tigers Thursday afternoon.
"It was definitely not our best day," said coach Brian James. "What's disappointing is that yesterday I thought we really played well, moved well, and were very focused. Today, Cape outworked us, outhustled us, and outplayed us."
Sikeston and Cape Central each won three singles matches but the Bulldogs were unable to claim any doubles matches. Peter Jones, Marc Leible and Chris Robey earned the wins for Sikeston.
"We've got to learn to finish out points and play hard at all times -- every point of every match. At times I thought we gave up on plays, thinking balls were going out and they'd land way in. We just didn't seem very focused today, particularly in doubles, and Cape took full advantage of that."
James said even though Sikeston lost it could be beneficial. "It showed us that if we aren't ready to play, then we'll get beat by good teams," James said. "Hopefully, this will be a wakeup call for us."
1. Peter Jones (S) def. Heath Orr, 10-5
2. Marc Leible (S) def. Tyler Roeger, 11-9
3. Chris Robey (S) def. Will Ramsey, 8-1
4. Kyle Weeks (S) lost to Kevin Rohatgi, 4-8
5. Sam Zhao (S) lost to Anton Heemskerk, 6-10
6. Chris Matthews (S) lost to Carson Kelley, 1-8
1. Jones/Robey (S) lost to Orr/Ramsey, 6-10
2. Leible/Weeks (S) lost to Roeger/Rohatgi, 3-10
3. Zhao/Matthews (S) lost to Heemskerk/Kelley, 7-10
Singles: Logan Wagoner, Jacob Marsh, Karl Erlenbush; doubles Wagoner/Matt Strom
MARION, Ill. -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs soccer team lost 1-0 to Marion, Ill. Thursday evening.
"I thought we played a really good game," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "Marion is a tough team and we played them real tough."
The only goal of the night came in the second half when Marion's Britta Orso scored on an assist from Lindsey Reach. Marion needed no more as goalie Whitney King stopped all 12 Lady Bulldog shots en route to the shutout.
"Our biggest thing tonight is we couldn't score and that has been our Achilles heel all year long," Long said. "We had several chances to score in the second half and just couldn't get it past the line."
Sikeston got a stellar performance from goalie Audra Wooley who had 12 saves.
Marion also defeated Sikeston's junior varsity by a score of 5-0.
Sikeston (2-9) will be in action again on Monday when they host Poplar Bluff. The junior varsity game will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at 7 p.m.
Scott Central 13, Meadow Heights 7
PATTON -- The Scott County Central Braves continued their turnaround season by coming back from a six-run deficit to defeat Meadow Heights 13-7.
Trailing 6-0 in the top of the fifth, the Braves scored 10 runs to take the lead for good.
Tyler Griffin pitched four innings to get the win and also collected two hits at the plate. Daniel Holman also had two hits on the day.
The win is Scott Central's fourth of the season, eclipsing the number of wins (3) the school has had in the previous eight seasons combined.
Scott Central (4-5) will be in action again next Thursday when they host Scott City.
ORAN -- The Oran Lady Eagles softball team got a strong pitching performance from freshman Wendy Eftink and downed Charleston 12-2 Thursday afternoon.
Eftink threw all five innings, striking out 10 while giving up only one hit and four walks. Both runs the Lady Bluejays scored were unearned.
"I thought we played really well today," said Oran coach Travis Spane. "I though Wendy Eftink did a good job of pitching in her first varsity game. She did real well, especially for being only a freshman."
Eftink also had a big day at the plate, hitting two doubles. Tori St. Cyn and Ericka Dirnberger also collected two hits.
Oran (6-3) will be in action again today when they host Bloomfield at 4 p.m.
HAYTI -- The Portageville Lady Bulldogs softball team dominated Hayti 15-5 Thursday afternoon.
Freshman Deanna Deere, relieving starter Rebecca Cayton who pitched the first two innings, struck out 14 batters while giving up only one walk and one hit to get the win.
Nicole Branch led the way at the plate with three hits while Deere, Cayton, Casey Farmer, Cassie Dunlap and Ashton Schlitt collected two hits apiece.
The game was the Lady Bulldogs third this week. On Monday, Portageville downed Malden 13-0 behind a 12 strikeout performance from Deere. Then the Lady Bulldogs lost an epic nine inning affair to the Kennett Lady Indians on Tuesday that saw Deere strikeout 18 batters.
Portageville will be back in action today when they travel to Caruthersville.