(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- It was an offensive explosion that the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs was looking for on Thursday afternoon, by defeating the East Prairie Lady Eagles 13-1.
After losing to Cape Central in a one-run game on Tuesday and then getting sent home by the Kelly Lady Hawks in a 11-1 game, nothing could have been better for the Lady Bulldogs.
Sikeston (6-5) ran out of the gate with three runs in the first inning and one in the second. But then they busted things wide open in the third with nine runs on six hits to pretty much put the game away.
"Our bats came alive," King said. "That's something that we needed to see. It gives them confidence to hit."
Sydney Davied led the offensive charge with two hits including a two RBI triple. She ended the game with three RBIs.
Elizabeth Rains finished with two hits and also had an RBI triple. Rains finished with with two RBIs. Mary Deason also had two hits with one being a double and one RBI.
Kelsie Cooper chipped in with a hit and two RBIs, while Emilie Martin had one hit and two RBIs and Krystal Henson connected with one hit and one RBI.
"We've been really talking about just staying focused and becoming a team and staying motivated," said King about her teams play. "Motivation and self-drive is a lot in any sport and especially softball. Anything can happen in the game of softball and they've got to realize to stay up the whole time and if they do that the outcome is a lot better."
The pitching of Sikeston starter Sarah Hopson proved to be on the mark with five innings of work allowing one unearned run on two hits and two walks. She also struck out seven.
"She's starting to move the ball around a little more," King said. "She's making the other team hit her pitches. Every once in awhile teams are going to get hits off of her but, she's not just staying consistent with the fastball. She's moving it around and that's what we need to see out of her right now."
As for East Prairie (1-4), the Lady Eagles could only muster two hits against Hopson. Those two hits came off the bat of Lydia Cartwright and Blair Peters who both went 1-2 on the day and the lone run that was scored was on a wild pitch that was scored by Hannah Lemons in the fifth inning.
"We could have played better," Eagles head coach Steve Stokes said. "We just didn't come out and play today, for whatever reason. For some reason there was a lot of pressure for us to come out and play better than what we did. I think they put a lot of pressure on them selves to do better than what they did. We just didn't come ready to play. Not as a team."
Stokes said that he knew they had good hitters and pretty good pitching but he still would like to think that they can play a little bit better than what they showed today.
"We do have them again next week," Stokes added. "So, maybe we can make a little bit of an improvement when they come to our place."
East Prairie's next game however is on next Monday when they play host to Kennett while Sikeston hosts Notre Dame on Monday as well.
As for the junior varsity squad, the Lady Bulldogs had almost a similar game against East Prairie winning 16-1.
Rains, Sarah Cantrell and Brianna Gipson each had a hit in the game. Rains hit was a triple while Cantrell and Gipson each had a single.
Elizabeth Bolen picked up the win for the Lady Bulldogs.
The Sikeston junior varsity will be participating in the Jackson junior varsity tournament that starts today.