(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The top of the first inning set the tone for the rest of the game between the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs and the Notre Dame Lady Bulldogs.
Notre Dame scored five runs on four hits and three Sikeston errors in the top of the first on their way to a 14-1 win in five innings.
"I really thought that we were mentally focused and ready to go," Sikeston head coach Tiffany King said. "A couple bad plays just got them down and we couldn't recover from that."
Notre Dame's Paris Burger got things started off with a single but then advanced to third base on an error. Brittney Schott then hit an RBI single to score Burger which was followed by another error by the Sikeston defense on a Nikki Chambers RBI.
With the bases loaded, Alex Fowler roped a double that scored two and then Alecia Glaus flew out to right field for the fifth RBI of the inning.
"A couple errors in the beginning kind of set the tone and we couldn't get out of it," King said.
Notre Dame went on to score five more in the third inning, one in the fourth and three more in the fifth.
Sikeston's starter, Sarah Hopson, went the first two innings but was then lifted because of an injury to her pitching arm that had happened during pre-game warmups. Sydney Davied pitched the rest of the game.
She gave up nine runs (eight earned) on eight hits and four walks.
"Sydney (Davied) looked good at times and she still's a little wild here and there," King said. "We'll get her there."
Notre Dame's regular pitcher, Lauren Reinagel, was also out but with an illness. Her replacement was Emily Lawerence.
Lawerence went all five innings only allowing one earned run on four hits and one walk. She also struck out three.
Even when Sikeston did have solid contact against Lawerence, the stout Notre Dame defense was there to make the play.
"I'm not real upset about the offense," said King. "If your putting the ball in play and they're making good defensive plays that's just something you take. I felt like we hit them good it's just when your facing a good defensive team like that you just have to keep putting the ball in play."
Mary Deason, Emilie Martin, Elizabeth Rains and Kelsie Cooper each connected for one hit a piece. Rains scored Sikeston's lone run in the fourth inning while Cooper's single up the middle brought her home.
"Elizabeth (Rains) was the one who stepped up and got the hit," King said. "For a freshman stepping up and getting a hit in that type of situation is big. Then Kelsie Cooper followed it up with the RBI hit. Kelsie has really been putting the ball into play too."
Burger, Jane Morrill and Alexis Ralls each had two hits on the day for Notre Dame with one of Ralls being a double. Ralls had two RBIs while Burger and Morrill drove in one a piece. Both Fowler and Glaus drove in three RBIs on one hit. Brooke Glastetter also chipped in with two hits and two RBIs.
Sikeston's next game will be on the road against East Prairie on Wednesday.