SIKESTON -- Sikeston opened the 2002 softball season with a bang on Wednesday, hammering traditional power Twin Rivers 10-1 in seven innings.
The Lady Bulldogs pounded out 16 hits in the victory, rolling to their first debut win since moving to the fall season.
"It was an awesome game," said Sikeston coach Jenny Hobeck. "We got the bats going and played a lot of solid defense. It was a big difference from last year."
Sikeston (1-0) jumped out to a 2-0 lead, then Paige Silverthorn opened the floodgates with a home run in the fifth inning, driving in three RBIs. Sikeston scored six runs in the inning, then added two insurance runs in the sixth for the victory.
Jessica Owens picked up the complete-game victory, allowing one earned run on eight hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
"Owens had a really good defense behind her," said Hobeck. "I think she feels really secure this year knowing that. She did a great job pitching."
At the plate, Silverthorn was 3-for-5. Misti Clark was 2-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs.
Molly Brinkmeyer was 2-for-4 with a double. Owens and Allison Blurton were both 2-for-5.
Kerri Jones, Caroline McClung and Beth Ziegenhorn also contributed hits.
"Everybody did a really good job," said Hobeck. "I was really proud of the freshmen for playing like they did in our first game."
For Twin Rivers (0-2), Farmer, Pumphrey and Trat all had doubles. Stockton was charged with the loss.
Sikeston will play its first home game Friday, hosting Poplar Bluff at 4 p.m.
"Poplar Bluff beat Twin Rivers by two runs," said Hobeck. "It looked really great tonight. I hope we can come out and give Bluff a good game on Friday."