JACKSON -- The Kelly Lady Hawks closed the regular season with a 3-2 win over Jackson on Monday.
Kelly (16-10) scored all of its runs in the third inning. Katie Moore led off with a single. Brittany Ponder's basehit put runners at first and second base and both advanced on Brittany Brantley's sacrifice bunt.
Kalie Hughes singled home Moore and Jackson throwing errors allowed Ponder and Hughes to also score on the play.
Jackson crept to within one with two sixth-inning runs.
Hughes picked up the win with a four-hitter with five strikeouts and eight walks.
"It always feels good to win that last regular-season game," said Kelly coach Rhonda Ratledge. "It boosts the team's confidence and morale going into districts."
Kelly, the reigning Class 2 state champion, opens defense of its title with the District 5 Tournament at Three Rivers Community College on Wednesday.
While the 2004 state champion squad was anchored by veteran players at nearly every position, the 2005 team is much younger.
Coach Rhonda Ratledge, seeking her third state title, starts three seniors, three juniors and three freshmen.
The lone returning senior starter is first baseman Mindy Robert, the Hawks top power hitter, while left fielder Meghan Tetley and center fielder Jaime Jackson are first-time senior starters.
Third baseman Brittany Ponder and second baseman/pitcher Kalie Hughes, both juniors, are returning starters. Junior Summer Proctor, a part-time player last season, gets the nod at catcher.
Freshman Katie Moore starts at the key shortstop position and freshman Casey Kern rotates between pitcher and second base. A third freshman, Brittany Brantley is always in the lineup as a designated hitter.
Despite its youth at key positions, the Lady Hawks, with a 16-10 record, enter as the No. 1 district seed.
Kelly meets No. 8 Clearwater (1-9) on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Greenville, the No. 4-seed, and No. 5 Neelyville follow at 1 p.m.; No. 3 East Prairie and No. 6 Twin Rivers play at 3 p.m.; then No. 2 East Carter and No. 7 Malden tangle at 5 p.m.
If Kelly wins, it will face the winner of the Greenville/Neelyville matchup in a semifinal on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
If East Prairie wins, it will face the East Carter/Malden winner in a semifinal on Thursday at 3 p.m.
The championship game will be contested on Friday at 3 p.m.
CHAFFEE - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs softball team traveled to Chaffee to take on the Lady Red Devils on Tuesday and left with a heart-breaking 3-2 loss in 10 innings.
Sikeston jumped out in front in the top of the fifth as the Lady Bulldogs scored two runs to lead 2-0 after five innings.
Chaffee plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth to even the score at 2-2. The two teams played extra innings and Chaffee scored the winning run in the bottom of the tenth to defeat the Lady Bulldogs 3-2.
Molly Brinkmeyer pitched a solid game as she allowed only one earned run in 10 innings. Brinkmeyer struckout 10, walked one and allowed eight hits.
Paige Silverthorn and Allison Blurton paced the Lady Bulldogs with two singles apiece and Casey Williams went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Sikeston will move into district play on Wednesday as they take on the Cape Central Lady Tigers in first round action. Game time is set for 6 p.m. and all district games will be played in Poplar Bluff.
SIKESTON -- Sikeston girls tennis team lost its final regular-season match 1
-8 to Cape Central on Monday.
Sikeston's No. 1 player, sophomore Jenni DeWitt, remained undefeated in singles competition with her 14th victory. DeWitt defeated Cape Central's Dani Gross 8-3.
DeWitt and Tess Marshall teamed up to battle Jackson's Gross and Monica Toole in No. 1 doubles. Jackson prevailed 9-7 in the highly competitive match.
Emily Pace garnered the lone Sikeston win in the junior varsity competition with a 6-1 win. The JV fell 1-4.
DeWitt and Marshall captured the Jackson Doubles Tournament championship on Saturday.
An 8-4 win over the Farmington pair of Ashton Miller and Sarah Barks, followed by an 8-4 win over Dexter's Amanda Dooley and Molly Jarrell, then an 8-2 win over Jackson's Jessica Drum and Sarah Detring, carried DeWitt and Marshall to the title.
Sikeston's Megan Underhill and Danielle Ahlfield tied for fourth place in the doubles tournament while Taylor Allen partnered with Emily Pace and Caroline Murray, each played two matches apiece, for a fourth-place tie, also. Sikeston (4-11) hosts the Class 1, District 2 Tournament on Thursday at the Sikeston High School courts. Other participating teams are: Arcadia Valley, Caruthersville, Charleston, Dexter, Fredericktown, Kennett, North County (Bonne Terre) and Potosi.
1. Jenni DeWitt (S) def. Dani Gross, 8-3.
2. Monica Toole (C) def. Tess Marshall, 8-0.
3. Paige Foley (C) def. Danielle Ahlfield, 8-1.
4. Kristen Ford (C) def. Emily Bowman, 8-1.
5. Claire Segar (C) def. Brittney Bard, 8-0.
6. Jill Blattner (C) def. Megan Underhill, 8-0.
1. Gross/Toole (C) def. DeWitt/Marshall, 9-7.
2. Ford/Pingel (C) def. Ahlfield/Bowman, 8-1.
3. Bahn/Moll (C) def. Bard/Underhill, 8-2.
Junior varsity results vs. Cape Central
1. Emily Pace (S) def. Elizabeth Knight, 6-1.
2. Brooke Morris (C) def. Caroline Murray, 6-2.
3. Sami Gross (C) def. Taylor Allen, 6-0.
1. Tobin/Hiett (C) def. Pace/Murray, 6-2.
2. Kinder/Lazarva (C) def. Murray/Allen, 6-3.
SIKESTON -- Blake Taylor led the Sikeston Bulldogs with five goals in a 9-0 win over Fredericktown on Monday.
Sikeston (7-7) scored early and often, led 5-0 at the half, then cruised to victory.
"We were on, right from the beginning," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "When you get a big lead, it puts the other team on their heels and it snowballs. They had no answer for Blake."
Trey Stone scored twice and Timmy Hart and Chris Carnell chipped in with single goals apiece.
Scott Gardner had four assists, Carnell two and Hart one.
Scott Droddy recorded eight saves in goal, while the Bulldogs outshot the Black Cats 19-8.
Said Long, "We needed a breather going into two tough back-to-back games against Notre Dame and Cape Central. It gave our defense a little rest."
Sikeston's junior varsity defeated Fredericktown 3-0.
Sam Rains paced the Bulldogs with two goals and one assist. Caleb Davidson added a single goal and Ashton Cantrell an assist.
Goalie Blair Bohannon recorded the shutout.
Sikeston hosts Notre Dame today at 5 p.m.