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Sikeston soccer falls to Cape Central; Lady Bulldog softball wins

Thursday, October 7, 2004

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Sikeston's Martin Schaefer battles with a Cape Central player.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston soccer team fell to 7-8-1 on the season with a 2-0 loss to Cape Central on Wednesday at the Sikeston Recreational Complex.

Cape Central scored at the 25:00 mark on a Lance Altenthal goal.

The score remained 1-0 until the Tigers scored again with nine minutes left on a goal by Tyson Whiteside.

"Most of Cape's opponents have trouble scoring and today was no exception," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "There were a few times we got taken out of the box and we didn't get a call. J.R. (Bizzell) and Blake (Taylor) had a few breakaways but we couldn't put them in. It was a good game the whole way through until about nine minutes left they put that second one in and that kind of broke us. Just playing Cape tough like this gives us some confidence. I was just pleased with the effort tonight."

Cape Central out-shot Sikeston 26-to-17. Bulldog goalkeeper Scott Droddy had 24 saves.

Sikeston lost to the Tigers earlier in the year 6-0.

"We played them earlier in the year and we didn't look that great against them," said Long. "Tonight it seemed like we were in the game until that second goal and that kind of burst our bubble a little bit. In year's past, our mindset was, going in we're going to lose. With this team this year, every time we step on the field we think we can win the game."

Sikeston's junior varsity lost 5-1. Clayton Matthews scored the lone goal on an assist from Adam Gillean. The junior varsity is 3-9-1.

Sikeston will host Fredericktown on Monday at 5 p.m.

SOFTBALL

JACKSON - The Sikeston Lady Bulldog softball team rallied from a 6-0 deficit to defeat host Jackson in Wednesday's Class 4, District 1 Tournament, 8-6.

"We've been stressing intensity this whole week," said Sikeston coach Tiffany Glastetter. "Jackson came out and we had a bad inning in the second, but the girls kept their intensity up and they didn't give up. Once we got those runs in the third, we never looked back and we kept going. We were down but they stayed up with their intensity. The girls did great. I couldn't ask more from them. They played their hearts out today."

Jackson built a 6-0 lead before letting it slip away.

Chelsea McDowell drove in two runs, while Hannah Fowler, Trisha Kluesner and Amanda Pitts each added one RBI in a six-run second inning for Jackson.

Sikeston (16-4) answered with five runs in the third to get back in the game. A run in the fourth tied the game, and Sikeston scored two unearned runs in the fifth to take an 8-6 lead.

"You score six runs and you think you have got a team down," Jackson coach Julie Rushing said.

"Sikeston did a good job. I kept telling the girls you play seven innings."

Sikeston scored its first run on an Aly Friend RBI-single. The Lady Bulldogs closed the gap to 6-5 on a two-run single by Elizabeth Heeb.

A Julie Annesser squeeze bunt in the fourth inning brought home Allison Blurton to tie the game at 6-6.

Sikeston took the lead for good in the fifth on an RBI-single by Molly Brinkmeyer to bring home Paige Silverthorn.

Brinkmeyer eventually came across on an error to round out the scoring.

She was also the winning pitcher, throwing seven innings and allowing eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Offensive leaders for Sikeston were Silverthorn (2-3), Erin Wibbenmeyer (1-2, RBI), Brinkmeyer (2-4, RBI), Blurton (1-3), Friend (1-2, RBI), Annesser (1-3, RBI) and Heeb (2-4, 2 RBIs).

"Defensive-wise we played a solid game," said Glastetter. "We were a little shaky in the second, but then we came back and did a better job. We only had one error this game. Kaycie Williams stepped into right field and played a great game. She had a lot of great catches out there and she really showed it on the defensive end today."

Jackson ended its season 11-16.

Fourth-seeded Sikeston will play tomorrow at 4 p.m. against top-seeded Hillsboro.

JACKSON - The Central softball team showed it was not ready to relinquish its hold on the Class 4 District 1 title just yet, upsetting third seed Farmington 3-1 Wednesday at Jackson.

Central will face No. 2 Poplar Bluff at 5:30 p.m. today in the semifinal round at Jackson.

"The district right now is wide open," Central coach Amy Blattel said. "The team that shows up and commits the least amount of errors, I believe, is going to win."

The Tigers, a state quarterfinal team a year ago, came in as the No. 6 seed sporting a 7-17 record.

Central turned its game up a notch Wednesday, though, scoring runs in the third and fourth innings to build a 2-0 lead it would not relinquish.

"Our kids are hitting the ball a lot better. I think our kids take some pride in what we've done in the past," Blattel said. "I think they expect to advance. I think that's a key."

Erica Schabbing and Kate Mothershead knocked in the first two runs for Central.

Farmington's best chance to strike came in the bottom of the fourth. Callie Hoffman loaded the bases with three straight walks with one out before giving way to Kelsy Holloway.

Kristen Hayes came up and hit a shallow pop fly which was caught by a sliding Courtney Schuessler.

After colliding with the second basemen, Schuessler managed to throw out the runner tagging from third.

"The key there was Courtney holding on to the ball, and having the presence of mind to throw home," Blattel said. Farmington cut the lead to 2-1 with a run in the fifth, but Central gained some breathing room with an RBI single from Schuessler in the seventh. Holloway picked up the win with 3 2/3 innings of three-hit ball.

"Both of our pitchers did a really good job. Kelsy had a little more pop on the ball today," Blattel said.

Some information provided by Jeremy Joffray of the SEMO News Service.