SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs fell to the Kennett Lady Indians' tennis team on Wednesday afternoon.
"The girls played a lot better than yesterday," said DeWitt. "Kennett is a strong team. All six of their varsity players are seniors."
In varsity singles, Brook Burcham (K) defeated Jacarra Lampkin (S) 8-4, Hanna Lack (K) defeated Caroline Murray (S) 8-0, Susan Shetley (K) defeated Erica Garrett (S) 8-0, Hope Sparks (K) defeated Brooke Partridge (S) 8-0, Samantha Geary (K) defeated Jessica Hutchcraft (S) 8-0 and Anna Grantham (K) defeated Rachel Murphy (S) 8-0.
In doubles action, the team of Shetley/Grantham (K) defeated Lampkin/Murray (S) 8-1, Burcham/Lack (K) defeated Garrett/Partridge (S) 8-0 and Sparks/Geary (K) defeated Hutchcraft/Murphy (S) 8-0.
The Kelly Lady Hawks had everything working for them up until the fifth inning with a 6-0 lead over the Cape Central Lady Tigers.
All of a sudden Kelly's starting pitcher Danielle Dock, who pitched for 4 2/3 innings, walked five batters and allowed three runs to score.
"Dock cruised all the wall threw to the fourth inning and then just lost it in fifth," Ratledge said. "She froze and lost her concentration and they scored six runs to tie it."
The other three runs came off of Jessica Riley who pitched 1/3 of an inning. Riley's first batter she faced cleared the bases to tie the game at six runs.
"We kind of thought we had in the bag," Ratledge said. "We had everything going perfect. We had outstanding defense and good offense going and then we just lost it."
Fortunately for the Lady Hawks, they scored three runs in the top of the sixth and received two scoreless innings of work from Heather Beggs in the circle to escape with a win.
Casey Kern led Kelly with two hits, including a double, and three RBIs. Katee Moore also had two hits and two RBIs.