BROSLEY -- Sikeston's softball team suffered its 12th loss of the season Tuesday afternoon, falling 11-10 to East Carter County, a team they defeated earlier in the year.
"Defensively, we made several errors again today that really hurt us," said Sikeston coach Jenny Hobeck. "It was a game we knew we had a great chance of winning, so it's disappointing to lose. We should've done better."
Again Sikeston's downfall came in the early innings as East Carter jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Sikeston managed to tie the score at 10 heading into the final inning, but failed to hold off the Lady Redbirds.
"Our offense didn't get started until the fourth inning, and that hurt us," said Hobeck. "I was pleased we came back to tie it up, but our defense just kind of broke there at the end."
Sikeston had 10 hits to East Carter's 11 in the game. Jennifer Walls was 2-for-4 with a triple and a double. Barbara Hobbs was 2-for-3, while Julie Anneser and Kerri Jones were both 2-for-4.
Kendra Riddle and Kayla Crocker also had hits.
Crocker pitched the first 2 3/4 innings of the game, allowing four hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Jessica Owens pitched the rest of the game, giving up seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Sikeston (2-12) will host Delta on Tuesday.
BENTON - Kelly's softball team clinched the SEMO Conference title on Tuesday, beating a talented Poplar Bluff squad 3-1 to improve to 5-0 in the division.
"This is the second year in a row we've won the conference," said Kelly coach Melanie Heuring. "I'm really proud of the girls. I think we're playing good ball, with the exception of a few games. We didn't have any errors today."
Kelly plated the three runs on nine hits. Bridgett Riley led the charge, batting 3-for-3 with a triple, a double and a single. She also contributed two RBIs.
"If we get the top of our lineup on, Bridgett always helps to move them around," said Heuring. "She has come through with several hits for us."
Allison Johnson was also 3-for-3. Other Kelly hits came from Ashley Kern, Natalie Lewer and Alana Burford.
Lewer pitched all seven innings for the Lady Hawks, allowing one earned run on six hits with seven strikeouts.
Poplar Bluff's Lauren Ploetze was charged with the loss. Jenny Schiwinger paced the Lady Mules' offense, batting 2-for-3.
Kelly (13-4) will host Egyptian (Tamms, Ill.) today at 4 p.m.
The Lady Hawks also won the junior varsity game, beating Poplar Bluff 3-1. Freshman Kelly Essner was the winning pitcher.