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Kennett scalps Lady 'Dogs

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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Sikeston's Krystal Henson prepares to catch the ball.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs softball team was back in action Tuesday afternoon, playing host to the Kennett Lady Indians, but lost in seven innings, 12-4.

The Lady Bulldogs were looking to bounce back, after a loss on Monday afternoon to the Jackson Lady Indians, in which head coach Tiffany King said the team looked great in the losing effort.

"Monday we just played really well," King said. "We executed well, and we fielded almost everything cleanly."

Sikeston stood their ground, taking a 2-1 lead into the top of the fifth inning, when a string of bad luck came their way. Sikeston committed one error in the fifth, followed by four in the sixth and added three in the seventh. The Lady Bulldogs committed nine errors in the loss.

"The game was well in reach when we were just down 4-2," King said. "We just gave them way too many runs in the last part of the game. We'll just have to bounce back and come out ready to play against East Prairie tomorrow."

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Sikeston's Courtney Collins lays down a bunt.
"We've got five games left before districts," she added. "It's time to get ready for that and start playing like we can."

Sarah Hopson took the loss on the day, only giving up one earned run of the 12 total scored. She allowed nine hits, no walks and had four strikeouts.

Mara Krokstrom pitched one inning of relief, giving up five runs, none of which were earned, two hits, two walks and added a strikeout.

The Lady Bulldogs were led at the plate by Kayla Scherer, who was 2-for-2, with two singles, a sacrifice bunt and had two RBI.

Adding hits, with one single apiece were, Krystal Henson, Kaitlyn Turnbow, Kelsey Cooper, Nicki James and Syndey Davied.

Courtney Collins, Turnbow, Cooper and James each scored one run apiece.

On the Kennett side of the diamond, head coach Laurie Vaughan was proud of the Lady Indians effort to come from behind and capitalize on mistakes.

"We put it in play like we're supposed to," Vaughan said. "They made a few mistakes and we gained from it. We hit well and caught our breaks when we got a chance."

Vaughan also added that she got a great effort from Haley Morrow on the pitching rubber.

"She's one of our two pitchers," she said. "She and (Laurel Jones) are our two pitchers. They're really comparable to each other. One of them is 2-2 and the other is 3-4."

Morrow went six innings, giving up all four of the Sikeston runs, on seven hits, three walks and had six strikeouts.

Jones threw one inning in relief, giving up no hits, no runs and had one strikeout.

The Lady Indians were lead at the dish by Morrow, who went 4-for-5, with four singles and two runs scored, and Allyson Luce, who went 3-for-5, with a single, two doubles and two runs scored.

Sikeston will host East Prairie on Wednesday, while Kennett travels to Scott City.

POPLAR BLUFF -- The Kelly Lady Hawks fell to Poplar Bluff 6-5 Tuesday afternoon on the road.

"It was a good game," said Kelly coach Rhonda Ratledge. "Both teams put the ball in play and it kept going back-and-forth."

Kelly opened the scoring in the first when Sarah Ruff homered, giving the Lady Hawks a 1-0 advantage.

After the Lady Mules scored two in the bottom of the second Kelly tied in the game in the top of the third when Londyn Backfish homered. Kelly then regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth when a hit from Brittany Brantley scored Casey Kern, who had tripled.

Poplar Bluff scored two in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead but Kelly answered right back with two of their own in the top of the sixth when Kern and Brantley scored on a hit by Jessica Riley.

That was all Kelly could muster however as Poplar Bluff would score one in the sixth to tie the game and then scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

"This was the third time we have played them and we beat them the previous two," Ratledge said. "It is a good game to have to get ready for districts."

Kelly will be in action again today when they host Perryville at 4 p.m.