(David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- It was a flawless performance.
On Friday at the Sikeston High School tennis courts, the Lady Bulldogs won their second consecutive dual meet with a 9-0 shutout against Caruthersville.
Not only did Sikeston (2-3 overall) win every varsity match, but each contest was an 8-0 blanking in both singles and doubles competition.
"Everyone played well because the varsity did not lose a single game," Sikeston coach Lynne DeWitt said.
In singles play, No. 1 Jenni DeWitt bested Kendra Bradley, No. 2 Campbell Moore topped Allison Kimes, No. 3 Danielle Ahlfield turned back Whitney Hatley, No. 4 Megan Underhill shut out Lauren Henson, No. 5 Hannah Moore knocked off Christa Bradley and No. 6 Caroline Murray bounced Ali Carter.
In doubles action, No. 1 DeWitt and Campbell Moore defeated Kendra Bradley and Christa Bradley, No. 2 Ahlfield and Underhill upended Grissom and Kimes and No. 3 Hannah Moore and Murray stopped Michelle Grubbs and Henson.
Sikeston also claimed a trio of junior varsity matches. Jacarra Lampkin was an 8-1 victor against Grubbs and Mallorie Collins used an 8-4 decision to post a win over Amber McClain in singles play. Lampkin and Collins teamed for an 8-0 junior varsity shutout against Lynch and Cook.
Cape Central 1,
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Cape Central scored its run on a passed ball during the second inning and held off Kelly the rest of the way Thursday.
The Lady Hawks tried to take extra bases on two separate occasions, but the Cape Central defense arose. Katee Moore and Sarah Ruff both smacked doubles to the fence in right field for Kelly, but both were thrown out in their attempts to take third base.
"Cape Central made a relay that cost us a runner at third and their right fielder threw out our other runner at third base," Kelly coach Rhonda Ratledge said.
Heather Beggs allowed one unearned run during seven innings pitched. She yielded five hits while striking out four.
Kelly is 4-1 overall this season.
Notre Dame Tournament
Oran 6, Goreville, Ill. 3
Oran 8, Scott City 1
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Oran High School softball team improved to 5-0 overall after a pair of wins Thursday in pool play at the Notre Dame Invitational Tournament.
The Lady Eagles held off Goreville, Ill., by scoring two runs in the sixth inning after nursing a 4-3 edge since the third. Halle Woodfin and Callie Kielhofner contributed two hits apiece to the Oran attack. Kielhofner picked up the win in the pitcher's circle, hurling seven innings, allowing three runs (one earned run) and four hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
Oran built a 7-0 lead against Scott City and cruised to a victory. Woodfin added two more hits while Amanda Williams collected a pair of hits for the Lady Eagles. Kielhofner threw seven more innings, yielding no earned runs on three hits. She walked one and struck out three.
Notre Dame Tournament
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston Bulldogs and Jackson Indians played 78 minutes of soccer before any scoring occurred Thursday in the first round of the Notre Dame Invitational Tournament.
With two minutes remaining, Jackson scored on a corner kick that eluded Sikeston goalie Scott Droddy, who made 20 saves in the match.
Droddy and the Bulldogs' defenders kept SHS alive throughout the contest by fending off a fierce Jackson attack, which controlled the ball for most of the match. The Indians outshot Sikeston 21-4 in on-goal attempts.
"We need to generate more offensive firepower," Sikeston coach Derrick Long said.
"Jackson is a senior-type program that is pretty strong. And we hung in there right with them," he added.
The Bulldogs will play in the consolation bracket of the Notre Dame Invitational Tournament at 4:30 p.m. today.
BERNIE -- Pitching problems bit the Risco Tigers during a 10-run, five-inning loss Thursday at Bernie.
The Risco pitching staff allowed a total combination of 11 free passes in the walk and hit-by-pitch categories. The Mules cashed in their scoring chances behind Jake Welch (2-for-3, double, two RBI) and Silas Dill (2-for-2, three runs scored and three RBI).
Justin Earnheart blasted a three-run homer in Risco's first inning. He scored twice for the Tigers (0-6 overall).
Matt Smith suffered the loss for Risco, while Woods was the winning pitcher.