(photo by David Jenkins)
The Lady Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning, but saw Kelly come from behind to pull out the win.
"It was a really good game," said Sikeston coach Jenny Hobeck. "Last year (Kelly) beat us 17-0. I couldn't believe we had a lead going into the fourth inning. Really, they didn't have a lot of big hits. Both teams played good defense, but we both had a few errors to allow some of the runs."
In the second inning, Allison Blurton and Molly Brinkmeyer both scored on errors to give Sikeston a 2-0 lead. Kelly came back to tie the game with two runs in the fourth.
After a scoreless fifth inning, Kelly's Dana Essner roped a line drive to left field over Jessica Owens' head to score three runs.
Brinkmeyer pitched all seven innings for the Lady Bulldogs, allowing five hits, no walks and had five strikeouts.
"I thought Molly Brinkmeyer pitched a really good game," said Hobeck. "Kelly is usually one of the most competitive teams we play. This kind of gives the girls a boost of confidence, knowing they can hang with the best."
Kelly started sophomore Michelle Collins. In two innings of work, she gave up no hits, two walks and took two batters down via strikeout. Staff ace Dana Essner threw the final five frames, giving up one hit and no walks with six strikeouts.
Jessica Owens had Sikeston's only hit. For the Lady Hawks, Essner was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Cara Scherer was 1-for-3 with three RBIs and Christy Kluesner was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Essner scored two run. Burnett, Kern and Allison Johnson each scored one.
Sikeston (3-5) will host East Prairie today at 4 p.m.
In a three-inning junior varsity game, Sikeston defeated Kelly 4-0.
Allison Blurton didn't allow any hits, giving up one walk with five strikeouts.
All four of Sikeston's runs came in the second inning. The Lady Bulldogs saw singles from Bethany Clayton, Molly Brinkmeyer, Caroline McClung and Whitney Wallace. Hailey Davis had a sacrifice fly.