(photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
In the first game, Kayla Crocker pitched the first 3 1/2 innings, allowing five hits and six walks. Molly Brinkmeyer threw the final 3 1/2 innings, giving up three hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
At the plate, Allison Blurton was 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI. Jessica Owens was 1-for-2. Julie Annesser also contributed a hit and scored the team's only run.
Notre Dame's Remona Blankenship picked up the win, allowing four hits with three strikeouts. She also batted 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Stacy Schwartz was 3-for-4 with an RBI.
"The first game, we should have won," said Hobeck. "I think we were kind of tired from playing the (Jackson) tournament over the weekend. We really didn't play up to our potential. We had five errors while Notre Dame had one. Right there was the difference in runs."
Sikeston won the second game 15-1. Blurton got the win, allowing four hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
At the plate, Whitney Wallace was 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs. Bethany Clayton was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Other hits came from Hailey Davis, Blurton, Brinkmeyer and Beth Ziegenhorn.
Notre Dame's Vance was charged with the loss. Hinton paced Notre Dame at the plate, batting 2-for-2 with an RBI.
"That really wasn't much of a contest for us," said Hobeck. "I think that was (Notre Dame's) weaker jayvee team or something."
Sikeston's junior varsity record improved to 6-4 with the win. The varsity squad will host Fredericktown today at 4 p.m.
JACKSON -- Over the weekend, Sikeston's junior varsity softball team took second place in a field of seven teams at the Jackson Tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs reached the championship game the hard way, losing both games of pool play.
In the first pool game, Sikeston was defeated by Jackson 11-3. Molly Brinkmeyer allowed 10 hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts. Sikeston finished with 12 hits.
Julie Annesser was 3-for-4, Paige Silverthorn was 2-for-4 with a homer and Allison Blurton was 2-for-3. Sikeston committed four errors and had two wild pitches in the loss.
In the second game of pool play, Sikeston lost to Kelly 5-3. The Lady Bulldogs took a 3-1 lead into the sixth inning, but five errors in the field allowed Kelly to rally.
Blurton pitched the game, allowing seven hits with two strikeouts. At the plate, Brinkmeyer was 2-for-3 with a triple and had two RBIs.
Losing both pool games gave Sikeston the No. 6 seed in the tournament. The Lady Bulldogs faced No. 2 Seckman in the first game, and pulled out a 10-9 upset win.
Jessica Owens pitched one inning, then Brinkmeyer threw the rest of the game, allowing four hits and four walks with four strikeouts.
On offense, Brinkmeyer was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Blurton was 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.
The win put Sikeston back up against Jackson, and the Lady Bulldogs pulled out a 9-8 win in a tiebreaker inning.
Crocker, Blurton and Brinkmeyer all pitched, giving up seven hits and five walks. Blurton paced the offense, batting 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.
The victory over Jackson put Sikeston in the championship game against Kelly. The Lady Bulldogs lost that game 10-0. Kelly outhit Sikeston 13 to 3.
Brinkmeyer, Owens and Ziegenhorn had Sikeston's hits. Brinkmeyer, Owens, Crocker and Blurton all pitched in the loss.
"Overall, we got a lot of good experience from it," said Hobeck. "We were seeded sixth and came back to take second. I thought we did a great job."
BENTON -- Kelly's softball team scored one run in the first inning and one in the sixth, nipping Delta 2-0 on Monday. Delta (1-9) allowed just three hits in the loss.
"Our defense is playing awesome, but the offense has to put it in gear," said Kelly coach Rhonda Evans. "We're in the middle of the season and we've got to get something going."
Kelly Essner was 1-for-2 and scored both of Kelly's run. Sara Essner was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Ashley Rockett was 1-for-1.
Dana Essner picked up the complete-game win, coming close to a no-hitter. She recorded 10 strikeouts, issued no walks and allowed one hit in the last inning.
Delta's Sara Cook was charged with the loss. Cook also had the Lady Bobcats' only hit with a double up the middle. Kelly (6-1) will travel to Cape Central on Wednesday. Cape Central handed the Lady Hawks their only loss of the season in Kelly's season opener.
On Friday, Kelly defeated Egyptian, Ill., 8-1.
Dana Essner got the win for the Lady Hawks, allowing one run and three hits with six strikeouts.
At the plate, Sara Essner was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Ashley Kern was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs, and Jennifer Burnett was 2-for-4. Kelly Essner and Dana Essner also had hits.