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Sikeston softball squad wins first game in 28-23 shootout over ECC

Wednesday, August 29, 2001

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Sikeston's Misti Clark slides into third base during Tuesday's game against East Carter County. The Lady Bulldogs won the game, 28-23.
(David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston's softball team won a 28-23 slugfest over East Carter County on Tuesday, taking advantage of 19 hits and 21 walks.

With the victory, the Lady Bulldogs (1-2) equal last year's win-total.

"It is a good motivator for the girls," said Sikeston coach Jenny Hobeck. "Hopefully, it will pump us up for tomorrow's game."

East Carter set the tone for the game by plating five runs in the first inning.

Sikeston answered with six runs, and it escalated from there. In the last two innings, Sikeston managed to hold the Lady Redbirds scoreless while the offense provided insurance.

"We made several errors on defense, but we made up for it with hits," said Hobeck. "I was really pleased with our offensive production today."

Jennifer Walls blasted a home run and two singles, racking up seven RBIs on the day.

Jessica Owens had a triple and two singles, Misti Clark had a triple and a single, Kerri Jones had a double and three singles, and Julie Annesser had a double and a single.

Jessica Denton and Barbra Hobbs also had hits. Hobbs had four RBIs.

"Jennifer Walls didn't start at first base, but she did a great job as our DH today," said Hobeck. "Kerri Jones moved from third base to first. She had a pretty good game defensively, and got four RBIs also."

Owens pitched all seven innings for the Lady Bulldogs, allowing the 23 runs on 13 hits. She walked seven batters and took one down via strikeout.

"(Owens) walked seven, but she did a pretty good job," said Hobeck. "She didn't allow any big kids, she kept them all in the infield."

The Lady Bulldogs (1-2) will be back in action today, playing St. Pius in the first round of the Notre Dame Tournament. The game will start at 4 p.m.

DELTA -- Delta improved to .500 on Tuesday, defeating Twin Rivers 4-1.

The Lady Bobcats (2-2) plated the four runs on four hits from Sarah Cook, Rebecca Cook, Ashley Elliott, and Lexi Nussbaum. "Twin Rivers had a very low-speed pitcher, and we're just not used to seeing that," said Delta coach Laura Brown.

Rebecca Cook went the distance for Delta, allowing five hits and three walks.

The Lady Bobcats will be back in action Sept. 10, hosting area power Kelly.

"We have a really tough schedule, but it's excellent experience for us," said Brown. "Last year (Kelly) went to state and placed fourth. Even if we do lose to them, it will only be to our advantage."