(Photos by Josh Mills, Staff)
EAST PRAIRIE -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs handled business on Wednesday afternoon as they traveled to East Prairie, defeating the Lady Eagles 17-0 in five innings. For Sikeston, it was a display of offense as they rattled off 14 hits in four innings at the dish, chipping in nine walks as well.
"It was nice to come out and hit the ball," said Sikeston head coach Tiffany King of her squad's offense.
It was also a display of defense as the Lady Bulldogs were flawless behind both starting pitcher Sarah Hopson and reliever Sydney Davied.
"All we worked on Tuesday in practice was our defense and today it showed," said King. "We had zero errors, we played really good and we only allowed one hit. You can't say much when your pitchers are pitching and you only allow one hit. We played together as a team and I was happy to see the other girls step in and play."
The lone hit came off the bat of East Prairie's Madelyn Woodard in the second inning while Hopson was still pitching.
Offensively for Sikeston, leading the way was Hopson and Davied as they were both a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, both picking up three singles apiece and three runs scored. Hopson added three stolen bases as well.
East Prairie head coach Steve Stokes said that he thought his squad was just overmatched on Wednesday afternoon.
"We just didn't play like we needed to play today," said Stokes. "They're good, and they've improved a lot. I thought we did a couple of things pretty good but they hit the ball into the gaps. They hit the ball where we weren't, that's how you win softball games."
The Lady Eagles are now 2-5 on the season and will be back in action today at Kelly against the Lady Hawks.
Sikeston, now 7-6, will travel to Twin Rivers today to take on the Lady Royals.
Over the weekend, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs junior varsity squad took second place in the Jackson JV Invitational.
The Lady Bulldogs defeated Cape Central in game one, 18-0, Jackson in game two, 4-2, and lost in the championship game against Notre Dame by a final of 11-0.