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Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

Sixth inning pivotal during Sikeston loss

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sikeston High School hitter Kayla Scherer prepares to swing.
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- On Monday, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs traveled to Cape Girardeau, where they fell to the Notre Dame Lady Bulldogs by a score of 9-1.

Sikeston, which played a solid game, defensively, against a very productive, offense-based Notre Dame squad, couldn't string together enough hits to produce more than one run.

Sikeston held its ground through five innings, only allowing five runs. But a very aggressive sixth inning gave Notre Dame the final dagger it needed to finish off SHS.

Sikeston allowed four runs in the sixth on three errors and just three hits.

"Our defense was very strong today," Sikeston head coach Tiffany King said. "We just had a few errors that were costly and they came in that one inning."

Sikeston's offense could only accumulate three hits against Notre Dame's hard-throwing pitcher Lauren Reinagel.

"We just sat back and let too many third strikes go by today," King said. "We were aggressive on the first two strikes, and then just sat back and let the third go."

Sikeston's Mary Deason went 1-for-3, with a single, a walk and a stolen base. She scored the lone Sikeston run. Emily Martin was 2-for-3, with two singles, while Nicki James added two walks and a sacrifice bunt.

Sarah Hopson took the pitching loss. In going the distance, she allowed nine runs on 12 hits with one walk.

On the other side of the diamond, Notre Dame was led at the plate by Erica Reinagel, 2-for-4, with a single, a triple, a run scored and an RBI. Alex Fowler was 1-for-3, with a single and a run scored.

Reinagel earned the win on the rubber. She threw six innings, allowing no runs on three hits, while striking out 10. Reinagel helped her own cause at the plate by going 2-for-3, with a single, a double and a run scored.

Despite the loss, King was proud of her team's effort on the diamond.

"Notre Dame is probably the best-hitting team that we'll face all year long," King said. "We played them well, and we'll be back at it Wednesday afternoon."

Sikeston hosts East Prairie at 4 p.m. Wednesday.