(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
The Lady Bulldogs rallied from a 6-0 deficit with three runs in the final inning, but were unable to complete the comeback.
"It was too little, too late," said Sikeston coach Jennie Hobeck. "We waited to hit until the very end and got all three of our runs in that last inning. In the other innings, when we did get girls on, we were unable to get them in."
Delta's Sarah Cook picked up the win, allowing eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
Allison Blurton paced Sikeston's offense, batting 2-for-3. Paige Silverthorn hit a triple and scored a run. Other hits came from Molly Brinkmeyer, Julie Annesser, Barbara Hobbs and Jessica Owens.
Erin Wibbenmeyer also provided a sacrifice RBI.
On the mound, Blurton pitched the first 2 2/3 innings for the Lady Bulldogs, allowing four hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
Brinkmeyer threw the final 4 1/3 of the game, giving up four hits and one walk with five Ks.
For Delta, Tiffany Johnson was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Ashley Martin was 2-for-3 with two doubles and Cook was 2-for-4. Ashley Elliott also had a hit.
Delta plated one run in the first inning, one in the second, two in the third and two in the fifth.
Sikeston (6-9) will be back in action on Thursday at Farmington in the district tournament. Seeds are expected to be released today. Along with Sikeston and Farmington, teams in the district include Poplar Bluff, Cape Central, Hillsboro and Jackson.
"We played some really close games this year," said Hobeck. "We played Cape Central 3-2, we played Jackson 2-0 and we beat Kelly. Overall, we did well. It will be interesting to see how we do in districts."