EAST CARTER - Tuesday afternoon the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs softball team traveled to East Carter taking on the Lady Redbirds. The Lady 'Dogs had a solid performance as they came out on top 8-2.
Sikeston came out and set the tone early as they showed flash with both their bats on offense and their gloves on defense.
"We came out ready to play today," said Sikeston head coach Tiffany King, "We hit really well at the right times and our defense played solid throughout the game."
Coach King hit the mark as the Lady 'Dogs came out wasting little time, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning.
With the tone set for offense, the defense stepped up big for Sikeston in the bottom of the first. East Carter had one on with one out when Sikeston's Emilie Martin laid out to make a highlighted catch at third base on a hanging bunt attempt. An aware Martin then caught the Redbird runner napping as she doubled her up at first for the double play.
The first inning seemed to be all the Lady Bulldogs needed to get rolling as they shut down the East Carter lineup for next five innings. Sikeston also tacked on four more runs in the game, with one in the fifth and three in the seventh. The run support was well balanced from top to bottom for the Sikeston line up with seven different players receiving RBIs.
Sydney Davied led the team going 2-3 with a single and a two-RBI triple, as Mary Deason and Nicki James both went 2-4 with two singles and an RBI.
Kaitlyn Turnbow, Kelsie Cooper, and Mara Krokstrom all got in on the action with RBI singles while Krystal Henson and Emilie Martin rounded each collected RBIs with a sacrifice hit each.
Sikeston pitcher Sarah Hopson got the win going all seven innings, giving up only three hits, recording three strikeouts and walking none.
"Our defense really stepped up today," said Kings "We only had three errors, all coming in the bottom of the seventh so I am really proud of they way we performed."
The Lady Bulldogs only have two games left on the regular season as they make their way back home to face the Delta Lady Bobcats. The opening pitch is scheduled to be thrown at 4 p.m.