In 11 hard-fought innings, Kelly outlasted Sikeston 6-3. The winning pitcher was Casey Kern and Molly Brinkmeyer took the loss for the Lady Bulldogs. Both pitchers threw a complete game.
For Sikeston, Brinkmeyer struck out nine, walked none and gave up 16 hits. Kern went the distance for Kelly, striking out nine and walking three while allowing six hits.
Kelly started the scoring in the top of the second as Meghan Tetley led of with triple. The next batter, Ashley Vetter, would single home Tetley for the first score of the game.
In the top of the third, Kelly once again struck for a single run as Summer Proctor doubled home a run making the score 2-0 after four innings.
Later in the same inning, Brinkmeyer would single and score a run by stealing home. She took a big lead off of third and the catcher for Kelly threw down to third base.
As the throw was coming to the third baseman, Brinkmeyer took off for home and beat the relay. At the end of five innings, the game was tied 2-2.
In the seventh inning, Kelly would break the tie as Ashley Vetter would single and score on a passed ball making the score 3-2 for Kelly going into the last of the seventh.
With their backs against the wall, Sikeston would tie the score and send the game into extra innings. Silverthorn led off the inning with a single and would score on a sacrifice-RBI by Brinkmeyer.
Sikeston could not plate any runs in the bottom of the 11th and Kelly would win the game 6-3.
Sikeston was led in offense by Silverthorn who went 3-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. Brinkmeyer went 1-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored. Wibbenmeyer had a RBI for Sikeston.
Kelly was led by Brittany Brantley who went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Proctor, Jackson, and Vetter would all drive in a run for the Lady Hawks.
Both coaches agreed that both clubs played well in the extra inning affair but do have some things to work on.
"We played some good defense at times out there but we need to call for the balls and hustle more to make some outs," said Sikeston coach Tiffany King.
For Kelly coach Rhonda Ratledge, it was a tale of two halves.
"The first half of the game we made too many errors and we were not mentally prepared to play Sikeston," said Ratledge, "The last half of the ball game both teams played well but we left too many ladies on base."
Coach King was disappointed in her offense as three of the six hits by Sikeston were by Silverthorn.
"Paige hit well today," said King, "Overall our offense struggled. We need to have our younger hitters come through for us."
Sikeston will travel to East Prairie today to take on the Lady Eagles. Kelly will be at home today against Jackson.