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Softball team shuts out Egyptian for sixth win

Thursday, September 25, 2003

SIKESTON - The Sikeston softball team equaled last season's win total with a 9-0 shutout of Egyptian, Ill., on Wednesday at the Sikeston Recreational Complex.

It's Sikeston's sixth win of the year, improving to 6-7.

"I think we're doing pretty good this year," said Sikeston head coach Jenny Hobeck. "We've already equaled our win total from last year. I think their confidence is up and we're playing better because of it."

Sikeston hurler Jessica Owens picked up the win in all seven innings of work. She allowed three hits with two walks while striking out two.

"I think she did a good job," said Hobeck. "She only had two strikeouts, but she made them swing the bat and we were able to play good defense behind her."

The Lady Bulldogs collected 12 hits in the game led by Paige Silverthorn's 3-for-4 day. She also added double with two RBIs and two runs.

Other hitters for Sikeston were Allison Blurton (2-4, 2B, run), Molly Brinkmeyer (2-4, 2 RBIs), Julie Annesser (2-3, 2 runs), Kayla Crocker (1-1, run), Barbara Hobbs (1-4, 2 RBIs, run), Erin Wibbenmeyer (1-3, run). Owens added a run scored.

"They're usually pretty solid," said Hobeck of Egyptian.

"They didn't hit much today. They had three different pitchers in with different speeds. Our girls had to adjust to that and we ended up hitting well today."

Sikeston will host Jackson on Monday at 4 p.m.

BENTON -- Kelly's softball team had another offensive outburst on Wednesday afternoon, clobbering Dongola, Ill., 11-1. The Lady Hawks got another strong pitching performance out of Michelle Collins and had 14 hits in the victory.

"It kind of carried over from (Tuesday), when all nine players hit up and down the lineup," said Kelly coach Rhonda Evans. "The same thing happened today. We put the ball in play and had many multiple bases with several doubles and three triples."

Ashley Kern led the way, batting 4-for-4 with a triple and RBI.

"I would have to say Ashley was our player of the game," said Evans. "She had the hot bat, and had a big triple there in the fourth inning."

Ashley Rockett was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Kristin Harper was 2-for-3 with a double. Mindy Robert was 2-for-4 with two triples and three RBIs.

Other hits came from Jessica Burnett, Monica Senciboy, Bethany Beggs and Stephanie Hency.

Dongola's Jennifer Patterson was charged with the loss. Kelly (11-3) will face Perryville on Friday, then will play Nerinx Hall in the first round of the Jackson Invitational on Saturday at 8 a.m.

"The girls are looking really good right now," said Evans. "Both with the bats and defensively behind my pitchers. They are focused and mentally sound, and that's where we want them to be. Hopefully we'll be pretty solid on Saturday."

Oran over Chaffee

ORAN -- Oran's volleyball team won its third match of the season on Wednesday, beating Chaffee 25-11, 25-20. Tori St. Cin had 11 service points with four aces and two kills. Carmen Duncan had seven points and four aces. Amber Seyer finished with six kills and Amanda Hurst added seven points.

Oran (3-8-2) will host Woodland on Friday. In Wednesday's junior varsity match, Oran beat Chaffee 18-25, 25-17, 25-16. The junior varsity improves to 7-1 with the win.