(Photos by David Jenkins)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston softball team picked up its first win of the season with a 10-0 shutout of Twin Rivers on Wednesday.
The game was stopped after five innings due to the mercy rule.
"The girls played good defense and they hit the ball well today," said Sikeston head coach Jenny Hobeck. "Twin Rivers has got a really young team this year, but it was a good game for an offense booster."
Sikeston (1-1) got a strong pitching performance from Jessica Owens, who threw all five innings, striking out seven and allowing just one hit.
Owens helped her own cause by going 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
Sikeston collected eight hits on the day.
Whitney Wallace had the big day, going 2-for-2 with an inside-the-park grand slam.
"She hit the ball really well and she's got good speed," said Hobeck. "Some girls might've only made it to third on that, but we went ahead and sent her. She's pretty fast."
Allison Blurton went 2-3 with three RBIs and a run. Barbara Hobbs had a hit and a run and Tess Marshall added a hit with two runs.
Paige Silverthorn had an sacrifice fly-RBI. Molly Brinkmeyer and Kayla Crocker each had one run.
"The pitching was a little bit slower, but the girls timed it well," said Hobeck.
Sikeston will play at Poplar Bluff on Friday at 4 p.m.
FARMINGTON -- Sikeston's softball team opened the 2003 season with an 8-0 loss to Farmington on Monday afternoon.
The Lady Bulldogs committed five errors in the field, which allowed the strong Farmington squad to pile up one run in the first inning, four in the third, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Molly Brinkmeyer pitched the first four innings for Sikeston, allowing five runs on four hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
Allison Blurton threw the final two frames, giving up three runs on four hits and one walk with two Ks.
Brinkmeyer paced Sikeston's offense, batting 2-for-3. Other hits came from Barbara Hobbs, Paige Silverthorn, Jessica Owens and Samantha Ross.
"We got the hits, but we hit it right to them," said Hobeck. "We didn't have anything really sink in. Then when we got runners on base, we didn't produce."
For Farmington, Brewer picked up the win.
"They hit the ball well, and defensively, they're strong," said Hobeck.