CAPE GIRARDEAU -- One day after plating 28 runs, Sikeston's softball team went to the other extreme in the first round of the Notre Dame Tournament Wednesday, collecting just one hit in a 13-0 loss to St. Pius.
"St. Pius is probably one of the best teams we will face all year," said Sikeston coach Jenny Hobeck. "Their pitcher threw one of the top speeds we will see all year. Plus, we had a lot of defensive errors today."
St. Pius scored one run in the first inning, eight in the second, two in the third and one in the fifth to put the mercy rule into effect and end the game.
Jessica Owens pitched all five frames for the Lady Bulldogs, allowing nine hits and three walks with no strikeouts. Jessica Denton had the team's only hit.
"(St. Pius) worked together as a team better than anybody we've seen yet," said Hobeck. "They had a good mixture on offense. They had some girls that could bunt really well, but they had some power too."
Sikeston (1-3) will face the loser of a Dongola/Poplar Bluff game on Saturday at 9 a.m., and will still be guaranteed a game later in the day.