POPLAR BLUFF - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs softball team suffered a first round loss to the Cape Central Lady Tigers in Class 4, District 1 action at Poplar Bluff High School by a score of 4-1.
All of Cape Central's runs were unearned due to costly errors and passed balls given up by Sikeston .
"We came out nervous and the first two batters reached on errors and scored," said Sikeston head coach Tiffany King. "Other two runs scored on pass balls that really hurt us."
Cape Central scored two runs in the first and single runs in the fourth and sixth inning.
Sikeston scored their lone run in the second inning on an RBI by Kaitlyn Turnbow.
Allison Blurton and Paige Silverthorn doubled in the game for Sikeston. Molly Brinkmeyer and Turnbow notched singles for the Lady Bulldogs.
On the mound for Sikeston, Brinkmeyer went the distance striking out nine, allowed only four hits and walked two.
"It is tough that the season is over," said King. "We lose some talented seniors and they will be missed.
"But our team has nothing to hang their heads about. They improved throughout the year and I have nothing but good things to say about this year's team."
Sikeston ends the season at 11-13 and will miss seniors Molly Brinkmeyer, Paige Silverthorn, Erin Wibbenmeyer, Allison Blurton and Beth Ziegenhorn.
POPLAR BLUFF - The Kelly Lady Hawks softball team cruised to a Class 2, District 5 first round victory over Clearwater on Wednesday at Three Rivers Community College by a score of 15-0 in three innings.
Coach Rhonda Ratledge of Kelly was pleased with the performance of her team in the opening round of district play.
"We had a good hitting day," said Ratledge. "Had some hard hits and we ran the bases well today."
Mindy Robert led the Lady Hawks in hitting as she went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and was a home run short of hitting for the cycle as she singled, doubled and tripled on the day.
Kalie Hughes went 2-for-3 with an RBI and pitcher Casey Kern also had two hits in the game.
Hannah Rolwing, Summer Proctor, Ashley Vetter and Katie Moore all drove in a run for the Lady Hawks.
Kern improved her record to 10-4 with the complete game win against Clearwater.
Kern struckout three, gave up only one hit and walked one batter.
"We are gaining confidence after every game," said Ratledge.
"I feel good about our chances if we keep hitting the ball like we did today."
Kelly (17-10) will face the Neelyville Tigers in the second round of district play.
Neelyville beat the No. 4 seed Greenville Bears to earn the right to play Kelly.
Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Three Rivers Community College located in Poplar Bluff.
CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team faced state-ranked Cape Central Tigers at Cape Girardeau on Wednesday night and fell 5-1.
Cape Central (16-2) is currently ranked 3rd in Class 3 and the Bulldogs found out that the ranking is deserved.
The Tigers outshot Sikeston 18-10 on the night as five different Cape Central players scored. The Tigers led 3-0 at the half and cruised the rest of the way for the victory.
Sikeston goalie Scott Droddy made 13 saves for the Bulldogs while Scott Gardner scored the only goal.
"We've got three starters out, but we played all right," said Sikeston head coach Derrick Long.
"We didn't quit and that's big. We played well for the last 20 minutes of the game. But they're a great team and will probably make a run in state."
The Sikeston junior varsity fell to the Tigers 3-0.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Monday as they make the long trek to Fredericktown to take on the Blackcats.