SIKESTON -- Sikeston's softball team took area power Cape Central to the wire on Tuesday, losing 1-0. The Lady Bulldogs had just one error in the loss, falling to 4-4 on the year.
Cape Central improves to 13-4 with the win.
"Overall, we played a really good game," said Sikeston coach Jenny Hobeck. "Losing 1-0 to Cape is really pretty good. They've got a lot of talent up there. The last time we played them, we lost 13-2. We did a much better job today."
Heather Hobbs scored Cape Central's only run in the second inning, off an RBI from Jessi Snell.
Sikeston starting pitcher Molly Brinkmeyer allowed just three hits, issued two walks and had one strikeout.
At the plate, Sikeston saw a double from Paige Silverthorn. Brinkmeyer also had a single.
"Molly Brinkmeyer did a great job pitching, allowing only three hits," said Hobeck. "And Paige Silverthorn was really hot with the bat again. On defense, we did a good job. We've had a couple of blowout scores this year, but we're doing a lot better against the competitive teams."
Hobbs, Snell and Megan Kistner had Cape's three hits.
Cape Central's Laura Beard got the win. In six innings of work, she allowed one hit and two walks with four strikeouts. Megan McDonald got the save, giving up one hit with three strikeouts in the final frame.
Sikeston (4-4) will travel to Egyptian today for a 4 p.m. game.
"I hear their pitching is usually pretty good," said Hobeck. "It should be a good game."
Sikeston also lost Tuesday's junior varsity game to Cape Central, 2-1.
Kayla Crocker took the loss, allowing two hits and six walks with five strikeouts.
At the plate, Silverthorn was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Other hits came from Erin Wibbenmeyer, Crocker, Whitney Wallace and Beth Ziegenhorn.
Sikeston's junior varsity team falls to 4-2 with the loss.
BENTON -- Kelly's softball team blanked Poplar Bluff on Tuesday, 6-0.
The Lady Hawks scored one run in the first inning, one in the second, then tacked on four more in the sixth.
"We went up there swinging and belted out eight hits," said Kelly coach Rhonda Evans. "Everybody put the ball in play. We only had one strikeout and two walks, which is better than we've been doing."
Dana Essner picked up the win, allowing two hits and three walks with nine strikeouts. At the plate, Sara Essner was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Christy Kluesner was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Ashley Kern was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Other hits came from Jennifer Burnett, Monica Senciboy and Allison Johnson. Welchance and Browning had both hits for Poplar Bluff. Ploetze was charged with the loss.
Kelly (7-2) will travel to Dongola, Ill., today for a 4 p.m. game.