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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

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Sikeston first baseman Kelsie Cooper stretches out for a throw from Sarah Hopson.
SIKESTON -- As a fire raged just to the east of the Sikeston Sports Complex, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs softball team came out with fire in their eyes, hoping to upset a highly-touted Jackson nine. However, when the smoke settled Jackson came away with the 3-1 win.

"We came out with the intensity that we talked about and played with that intensity throughout the whole game," said Sikeston coach Tiffany King. "They are good ball team and I think we held with them and played a really good game today."

Down 1-0 in the third, Sikeston (2-13) rallied to tie the game after Kelsie Cooper led off the inning with a single. Cooper moved to third after two Lady Bulldog sacrifices and she scored when Emilie Martin hit a pop fly that was just off the glove of the Jackson second baseman.

The momentum was short-lived for Sikeston as the Lady Indians answered in the top of the fourth. After reaching base on an error, Jackson's Roxanna Miller scored on a double by Sheila Wade. Two batters later, Maggie Baugh launched a double to deep left field that scored Wade, making the score 3-1.

That was all the Lady Indians would get though as Sikeston pitcher Sarah Hopson shut them down the rest of the way. In all Hopson gave up three runs on just five hits while striking out two and walking none.

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Sikeston third baseman Emilie Martin tags out Jackson's Alicia Craft.
"Sarah, being a freshman has a lot to learn, but she is controlling the ball really well, keeping it low and is starting to move it inside and out," King said. "She's improving every day."

Hopson was able to throw strikes as her defense was rock solid for most of the game.

"Our defense has turned around tremendously since the beginning of the year," King said. "Each game it looks like we get a little better."

The Lady Bulldogs finished the game with four hits with Cooper, Martin, Krystan Henson and Kaitlyn Turnbow all collecting singles of Jackson pitcher Jessica Tuschhoff.

Sikeston will be in action again today when they host the Kennett Lady Indians.

CHAFFEE -- The Chaffee Lady Red Devils eased past Malden 16-1 Monday afternoon.

Everyone got into the act at the plate as Chaffee (6-10) got back in the win column after several tough losses.

"This was a nice change of pace for us," said Chaffee coach Shawn Powderly. "The last five games have been rough. But we put the ball in play today and played good defense, which has been our Achilles' heel for much of the season."

Chaffee was led at the plate by Veronica Bennett, who finished the game 4-

for-4 with 3 RBIs and a run scored. Madeline Kiefer, who was also the winning pitcher, finished 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored and an RBI and Hannah Bedwell finished 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs. Megan Horman also got into the act finishing 3-

for-3 with 2 runs scored.

Chaffee will be in action again today when they host Delta.

DELTA -- The Oran Lady Eagles moved to 9-2 on the season with a 6-2 win over Delta on the road Monday afternoon.

Amanda Williams led the way for the Lady Eagles at the plate going 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Halle Woodfin and Jodi Urhahn each finished with a double as well.

Oran's Callie Kielhofner earned the win, giving up only one earned run on the day.

The Lady Eagles will be back in action Wednesday when the host Notre Dame's junior varsity team at 4 p.m.