CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs softball team was back on the diamond Tuesday afternoon, but suffered a heartbreaking loss 3-0 to the Cape Central Lady Tigers.
Sikeston's defense -- improved from earlier this season -- only gave up three runs, while committing just one error in the game.
"Our defense was great," Sikeston head coach Tiffany King said. "We worked on it all week last week, as well as Monday in practice. Our defense was the one thing I knew we had to improve, because you've got to play defense before you can try to score runs."
"I wish our hits could've been there today," she added. "Their pitcher was throwing strikes on almost every first-pitch. We just didn't take the opportunities we could have."
Sikeston had just three hits in the game, leaving all three runners on base during the loss. Nicki James, Kaitlyn Turnbow and Kayla Scherer all were 1-for-3 with a single apiece. Scherer added two stolen bases.
"(Cape Central pitcher Amanda) Nichols was just on top of her game today," King said. "I know she had some of our hitters taking that first-pitch strike, and then she came back with a lot of off-speed stuff that we weren't figuring out."
Nichols earned the win on the rubber for the Lady Tigers, striking out 14 Sikeston hitters in seven innings and walking just three.
On the other side of the diamond, Sikeston's Sarah Hopson pitched a good game for the Lady Bulldogs, giving up just three runs on nine hits. She had two strikeouts.
Sikeston won the JV contest Tuesday against Cape Central for its first win of the season.