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Early runs lead Kelly past Lady Bulldogs

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Sikeston third baseman Emimllie Martin throws to first.
SIKESTON -- Taking the field on their home turf for the first time this season, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs hosted the Kelly Lady Hawks at the Sikeston Sports Complex on Wednesday.

Kelly posted a 7-1 decision over SHS by scoring early and holding down the Lady Bulldogs' attack for most the game.

The Lady Hawks jumped ahead in the first inning when Sarah Ruff singled, added a stolen base and later scored the first run of the game.

Kelly added three more tallies in the third inning when pitcher Heather Beggs hit a single with two outs. She followed that with a stolen base and scored on a single by Lana Whitworth. Then, Haley Glastetter singled, and on a throwing error, Whitworth crossed the plate with the fourth Kelly run of the game.

The Lady Hawks tacked on one run in the fourth inning, one tally in the fifth and two more runs in the sixth for their total of seven runs.

Sikeston hitter Mary Deason attempts to bunt.
Sikeston had three of its five total hits in the first five innings, but could not string any of them together.

In the fifth, the Lady Bulldogs had their first three runners reach base, but Beggs took command and recorded two strikeouts, followed by a fly out to end the threat.

Play was threatened by rain in the sixth as Sikeston threatened to rally. But the Lady Bulldogs could only scratch out one run in the inning as Beggs once again took over.

Sikeston had runner on base in the seventh but did not get past second base.

Beggs went the distance for Kelly, allowing one run on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts. She helped

her own cause at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two singles, a double, a

stolen base, two runs and an RBI.

Kelly's other leading hitters were Whitworth, who was 2-for-4, with a single, a double, a run scored and an RBI, and Glastetter, who was also 2-for-4, with two singles and an RBI.

"Heather (Beggs) had a standout game," Kelly head coach Rhonda Ratledge said. "She kept us in it on the rubber, as well as at the plate."

"It just seemed like our play wasn't that intense," Ratledge added. "But, a win is a win. At least we came away with this one. We'll have to step up the intensity this weekend as we go to the Incarnate Word Tournament in St. Louis."

Intensity seemed to be the word of the day, as Sikeston's head coach Tiffany King had a few things to say about it as well.

"We just weren't very fired up today," King said. "Our intensity level just wasn't what it was last weekend. We've got to get that back and going at all times, instead of just here or there."

"Today we played pretty good defense," King added. "We just didn't swing the bats very well. The game could have gone in our favor if we would have just scored some runs."

Sikeston has battled all season to put games in the win column, falling just short on several occasions.

"We've had several close losses," King said. "Three by one run and one by three runs on Tuesday at Cape. We fought hard today, but we'll just get ready to play East Prairie."

Sikeston pitcher Sarah Hopson took the loss, allowing seven runs on 14 hits while striking out two.

The Lady Bulldogs' Mary Deason had a solid outing at the plate, going 2-

for-3, with a single, a double and an RBI. Grabbing one hit apiece for SHS were Kayla Scherer, Krystal Henson and Emilie Martin. Henson scored the lone run for Sikeston.

With the loss, Sikeston's record falls to 2-9 this season. The victory improved Kelly's overall record to 9-2.

Sikeston travels to play at East Prairie today, while Kelly hosts Kennett. Both games are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.