FREDERICKTOWN -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs softball team scored a late unearned run to top Fredericktown on Monday.
Sikeston (2-1), behind the shutout pitching of Molly Brinkmeyer, nipped the Lady Blackcats 1-0 for its second straight win.
The Lady Bulldogs' Emily Coffee laid down a drag bunt single with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, then tallied the gamewinner on a wild throw on Ashley Kalina's bunt attempt.
Brinkmeyer (2-1) held the Blackcats in check, allowing three hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
"Overall, our defense was excellent," said Sikeston coach Tiffany King.
Among the key defensive plays was an outfield assist by right fielder Kaitlyn Turnbow to retire a Fredericktown hitter, representing the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Turnbow threw out the runner at first base on a potential basehit.
The Lady Bulldogs also turned a critical double play to defuse another Fredericktown threat.
Sikeston's offense generated six hits, led by Brinkmeyer's two singles in four at-bats. Erin Wibbenmeyer, Elizabeth Heeb, Aly Friend and Coffee collected the other Bulldog safeties. Friend had the only extra-base hit with a double.
Sikeston visits undefeated Chaffee (3-0) for a varsity/junior varsity matchup today at 4 p.m.