Sikeston (4-6, 0-3) gave up three early goals and fell 5-2 to the SEMO Conference opponent Mules.
Poplar Bluff defeated Sikeston 8-1 earlier in the season. "We came out with no answer for the two kids that did all the damage tonight," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "They scored three quick ones in the first 20 minutes. You can't dig a hole like that against a good team like Bluff."
All-State forward Justin Alford set up Craig Lansford for the trio of early goals to stake the Mules to a 3-0 lead.
J. R. Bizzell found Joel Kinder for the Bulldogs initial goal at the 31-minute mark.
Poplar Bluff, however, countered with another goal, Alford unassisted, to extend the margin to 4-1 at halftime.
The Bulldogs played the Mules to a second-half deadlock.
"We came out the last half and tied them 1-1, so that's a little silver lining," said Long, "and we're just going to try to build on that."
Lansford scored his fourth goal of the evening unassisted at the 42-minute mark.
Then Bizzell, on an assist from Mark Schaefer, found the net at the 48-minute mark for the game's final tally.
Sikeston had 18 shots on goal to 26 for Poplar Bluff. Goalie Cody Cooper was credited with 19 saves.
The Bulldog junior varsity fell 3-0 to Poplar Bluff.
Sikeston hosts Farmington on Monday at 5 p.m.
BENTON - The Kelly Lady Hawks softball team improved to 14-5 on the season with a 3-2 victory against Poplar Bluff in eight innings on Tuesday.
Kelly led 2-0 only to see Poplar Bluff score a run in the fourth and tie the game in the fifth to send the game into extra innings.
Kelly won the game in the bottom of the eighth when Kelly Essner singled and came around to score on Jessica Burnett's double.
Essner was also the winning pitcher, throwing three innings of relief. She allowed one hit and struck out five. Whitney Beggs started and lasted five innings. She allowed two runs (one earned) off three hits and two walks while striking out three.
"When you go eight innings with that size school, it's always nice to get that kind of win," said Kelly coach Rhonda Ratledge.
Poplar Bluff's Kris Ploetze was the losing pitcher, throwing all eight innings. She struck out eight and walked three while allowing six hits.
"She is tough -- this is the most strikeouts we've had all season," said Ratledge. "We were swinging at her rise ball like crazy."
Burnett went 3-4 with two doubles. Rachel Kline and Beggs each added RBIs.
Kelly will play at Dongola today at 4 p.m.
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Lady Bulldog softball team continued its mini-slide with a second straight SEMO Conference defeat.
Sikeston (10-4) fell 5-2 to the Cape Central Lady Tigers on Tuesday.
Defensive lapses resulted in five second-inning errors which allowed Central to jump to a 3-0 lead. Sikeston committed seven errors overall.
"We just need to go back to the basics of softball: catching, throwing, working together as a team," said Sikeston coach Tiffany Glastetter.
"I think once you start winning, it's easy to think you're doing everything right and you tend to forget about the fundamentals. But this team is young and it's just part of learning."
Central tacked on two more runs in the third, then coasted as the Lady Bulldogs mounted a too-late sixth inning rally for their only two runs.
Molly Brinkmeyer went the distance and took the loss. She allowed only four hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Ally Friend led the Lady Bulldog hitters with a 2-for-4 day with a RBI.
Paige Silverthorn, Barbara Hobbs, Erin Wibbenmeyer and Julie Annesser added single hits apiece. Silverthorn had the other RBI.
"I'm hoping these last two games were a wake-up call and the girls come out with intensity," said Glastetter.. "Today, they played with more intensity, but everything fell Cape Central's way."
Sikeston is on the road for a game with Egyptian, Ill., today at 4 p.m.