CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston's softball team suffered its 10th loss of the season Tuesday, falling to Cape Central, 12-2 in five innings.
"The score doesn't sound that great, but we played them a little better this time," said Sikeston coach Jenny Hobeck. "The last time at home, they pounded us pretty good (16-1). We did a pretty decent job on defense the first couple of innings."
Cape Central was in the zone at the plate, banging out 14 hits off Sikeston pitcher Jessica Owens, who issued two walks in the contest.
For Sikeston, Misti Clark was 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBIs. She also scored both of Sikeston's runs.
"(Clark) had a great game for us," said Hobeck. "She scored the first on a steal at home plate, then on the other she was drove in by Jennifer Walls."
Walls and Kendra Riddle had Sikeston's other two hits. Cape Central's Laura Beard picked up the win, allowing four hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
Beard also led the Lady Tigers' offense, batting 4-for-4 with a double. Jessie Snell was 2-for-4 with a homer, Megan McDonald was 2-for-4 with a triple, and Trisha Klipfel was 2-for-2.
Sikeston (2-10) will travel to Tamms, Ill., today to face Egyptian. Cape Central improved to 9-12 with the win.
POPLAR BLUFF -- Kelly plated six runs on 11 hits, committing just one error in the field to defeat conference rival Poplar Bluff, 6-1.
With the victory, the Lady Hawks improve to 4-0 in the division, and 10-2 overall.
"I thought we played real well today," said Kelly coach Melanie Heuring. "We've played our best games of the year yesterday and today. We had one error in two games, and our pitchers have really been on the last two days."
Tuesday, it was Bridgett Riley. In seven innings, she allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
At the plate, Riley was 2-for-4 with two in-the-park homers. Sarah Essner was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Allison Johnson was 2-for-3. Other hits came from Ashley Kern, Dana Essner, Cara Scherer and Alaina Burford.
"We're playing with the big schools, and that says a lot of our team," said Heuring.
Kelly will host Dongola, Ill., today at 4 p.m.