CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs didn't win the game, but an improved performance may be deemed a moral victory.
Drubbed 23-0 earlier this season, Sikeston kept the game close this time in a 4-0 loss to Notre Dame on Monday.
The difference maker was a more solid Sikeston defense, which tightened to strand seven Notre Dame baserunners in scoring position.
Molly Brinkmeyer took the loss, going the distance while allowing six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Brinkmeyer also collected all of Sikeston's hits with a 3-for-3 performance, including a double.
Notre Dame scored one in the second, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Sikeston (5-10) visits Malden today at 4 p.m.
DELTA -- Kelly ripped Delta 12-0 in five innings on Monday.
The Lady Hawks, improving to 10-4, rode Meghan Tetley's three-hitter and a 10-hit offense to victory.
"We were a lot more relaxed at the plate and hit some good line-drive shots," said Kelly coach Rhonda Ratledge.
Mindy Robert (3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs), Tetley (2-for-3 with a double and a RBI), Brittany Ponder 2-for-4 with a triple and a RBI, and Katie Moore (2-2, two RBIs) led the Hawks' attack.
Tetley (3-0) struck out two and walked none in the complete-game effort.
Kelly host Cape Central on Wednesday.
POPLAR BLUFF - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs tennis team traveled to Poplar Bluff and defeated the Lady Mules in an exciting varsity match by a tight score of 5-4.
Sikeston captured three singles matches and won two of the three doubles.
"The varsity girls played so good today," said coach Lynne DeWitt. "We had a very good match up and down the lineup."
Coach DeWitt heaped special praise to Brittney Bohannon who played the last match of the day and clinched the victory for the Lady Bulldogs.
"Her (Bohannon) match was the deciding one," said coach DeWitt.
"She (Bohannon) was down and fought hard and came back for the win."
The Sikeston JV were blanked 6-0 by Poplar Bluff.
1. Jenni DeWitt (S) def. Priya Gujarati, 8-2.
2. Tess Marshall (S) def. Rachel Piland, 8-3.
3. Morgan Allen (P) def. Danielle Ahlfield, 8-0.
4. Mallory Barks (P) def. Emily Bowman, 8-5.
5. Brittney Bard (S) def. Rachel Blaich, 8-5.
6. Dana Schwermann (P) def. Brittney Bard, 8-1.
1. DeWitt/Marshall (S) def. Gujarati/Piland, 8-3.
2. Allen/Barks (P) def. Bowman/Bohannon, 8-2.
3. Ahlfield/Bard (S) def. Blaich/Schwermann, 9-7.
CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Sikeston junior varsity football team defeated Cape Central 18-6 on the road on Monday.
Sikeston struck first as Cody Anderson hit Steven Jackson for a 50-yard touchdown pass with 5:00 left in the first quarter.
Cape Central managed to tie it up at 6-6 by halftime.
Sikeston took the lead for good on a 13-yard run by Josh Pierce with 2:00 left in the third.
Sikeston's Tyler Dame added one final score with 1:40 left in the game on a 5-yard run.
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- New Madrid County Central's volleyball team advanced to the semi-finals of the Silver Division at the 18th annual BA Sports Volleyball Classic.
In pool play on Friday and Saturday, the Lady Eagles won one, lost two and split one for a third-place finish in their pool.
The losses were to Woodland (20-25, 16-25) and Farmington (7-25, 15-25).
"We lost both matches on Friday night in pool play to a scrappy Woodland team and a very athletic Farmington team," said NMCC coach Diane Fowler.
The Eagles were victorious in a 25-20, 25-12 set over Cape Central. In the final pool-play game, NMCC split with Senath (21-25, 25-18) to advance to the consolation bracket (Silver).
NMCC won its first two sets, 25-18, 25-21 over Clarkton, then defeated Bloomfield 25-23, 25-17.
In the Silver Bracket semi-final, the Eagles lost to Gideon in a three-game match, 18-25, 25-17, 10-15.
Coach Fowler singled out the individual service games of Allison Fowler, Brittney Kirby, Amelia Porter, Misty Campbell and Brooke Brimer, along with the offensive play of Lameka Newsom, Andrea Williamson, Meoshe Morgan and Porter.
NMCC (4-5-1) hosts Charleston today and Oran on Thursday.