Sikeston rallies, but drops opener of softball season
JACKSON -- The Charleston Lady Bluejays started the fall season in winning form on Monday at Jackson, winning 5-4 in girls tennis.
The Lady Bluejays were led by their No.1 netter, senior Jade Schwieger, who defeated Haff of Jackson, 8-6. Schwieger also won in her doubles match with partner Lindsay Burke, also a senior.
Also winning in singles competition for the Lady Bluejays were No. 3 Burke who defeated Naeder 8-1, and No. 6 Chelsea Stallings who defeated Batz 8-5.
Charleston's No. 3 doubles team, consisting of Stallings and Mary Kate Renaud, won their match, defeating Jackson's duo of Jones and Batz, 9-7. The doubles wins helped edge the Jackson Lady Indians in the dual meet.
Falling just short of victory were Lady Bluejays' singles players Jordan Duenne (junior), Renaud (senior), and McKenzie (senior). Also losing were doubles partners Duenne and McKenzie.
In junior varsity doubles, Maggie Fox and Morgan Collier, Jasmine Spence and Hannah Showmaker and Jettie Brink and Taylor Duenne all won their matches. Maggie Fox and Morgan Collier added wins in their singles matches.
The Lady Bluejays will be back in action at 4 p.m. today, hosting Kennett.
FARMINGTON -- A three-run fourth inning by the Farmington Knightettes was the difference as Sikeston fell 5-2 in its season-opener, which was called off after 4 1/2 innings because of rain.
"It was a typical first game, which are usually are full of jitters from the players," Sikeston coach Tiffany King said. "I was worried that we would fail to execute, but Sarah (Hopson) pitched a good game and, once we starting playing together, the girls became more confident."
Farmington broke a scoreless tie in its third innings by scoring a pair of runs for a 2-0 lead.
Sikeston answered the Knightettes when it scored twice in the Lady Bulldogs' fourth. Emilie Martin walked and stole second before advancing to third on an infield ground out before Krystal Henson drove a fly ball to right field that was dropped for an error.
Martin trotted home with Sikeston's first run as the inning continued. Mary Deason reached on a fielder's choice after attempting to bunt Henson up to second. The throw from the pitcher's circle missed Farmington's second baseman, who was covering the bag.
Nicki James followed with a base hit to plate Henson and tie the game 2-2.
"I was happy to see some of my younger hitters come through for us," King said. "As our confidence rises, we will be playing at a higher level."
Kayla Scherer produced Sikeston's other hit as the Lady Bulldogs fell 0-1 overall.
Sarah Hopson hurled four innings for Sikeston. She pitched to one batter in the Farmington fifth, when the game was stopped. Hopson, who struck out three and walked two, allowed two hits.
Sikeston returns to the diamond today at Perryville with a 4 p.m. start.