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For the Lady Hawks, it took a few innings to really get their offense going against Sikeston hurler Sarah Hopson, but the bat of Kelly's Lana Whitworth seemed to get the entire lineup headed in the right direction.
"Lana (Whitworth) came through," said Kelly head coach Rhonda Ratledge of her senior. "She had several RBIs (2) and was 4-for-4 today. She was very upbeat and I think that her first hit just set the mood for the rest of her at-bats."
"She just pulled the team together and usually when you have one girl that's hitting then they'll all come through for you and start hitting. She's a senior and that's exactly where she needs to be."
Whitworth led all hitters on the day with her 4-for-4 performance. She had two doubles, a single and a triple. She also had two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base.
Sikeston actually jumped on top first in the contest as they plated one run in the first inning off of Kelly pitcher Danielle Dock. Dock eventually picked up the win on the mound as her team only allowed three more runs to the Lady Bulldogs before the final out.
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Helping out on offense for Kelly was Katee Moore, who was 2-for-2 with a single, a double, two runs scored and three RBIs, and Heather Beggs, who was 2-for-3 with two singles, two runs scored, two stolen bases and an RBI.
"We hit better today," said Ratledge. "All of the girls got up and made contact. I was pleased with that and how we got our bunts down."
For the Lady Bulldogs, Sydney Davied provided the bright spot as she wrapped up the day going 2-for-3 with two singles and two stolen bases.
"I think that we played strong for the first couple of innings," said Sikeston head coach Tiffany King. "Playing a caliber of ball team like Kelly, it feels good when you can compete. I think the girls just got down and made some mental errors. Some fielding errors and things like that kind of hurt us. Overall, when you play Kelly, we played pretty well."
Both squads were scheduled to play on Saturday in the final day of the tournament.
Oran Lady Eagles
The Oran Lady Eagles split their two games on Friday afternoon as they lost to the Notre Dame junior varsity 10-6 in the first contest, but defeated Delta in the second game 8-6.
In the loss, Notre Dame plated six in the first and four in the second, but held off a late rally by Oran to win by four runs. Oran's six runs came in the fifth inning.
Against Delta, Claire Seyer picked up the win as she threw seven innings, giving up six hits, four walks and five earned runs while recording six strikeouts.
Leading the way offensively for the Lady Eagles was Taylor Irwin, Halle Woodfin and Kirstie Mangels. Irwin finished the day 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored, Woodfin was 4-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI while Mangels finished 2-for-2 with two singles, two walks and a run scored.
The Lady Eagles were scheduled to wrap up the tournament on Saturday afternoon.