(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
SCOTT CITY -- With just a handful of games left in the season before districts, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs got their district run started in the right direction with a win over the Scott City Lady Rams in a 5-1 game on Monday.
"That's what we keep focusing on," Sikeston head coach Tiffany King said. "We still have games this week but, games make the best practice. This week will really get us ready for district's and this is a nice win. We just want to continue throughout the week."
"Hitting was atrocious," she said. "We didn't do very well with our bats. We can hit but they weren't hitting like I thought they should have. I thought we had them prepared but apparently not."
Hopson was a big part of why the Scott City Rams had trouble finding any rhythm at the plate.
"She was hitting her spots," said King about her pitcher. "The outside corner kind of hurt them (Scott City) today. They weren't ready for the outside pitch and she (Hopson) really hit her spot there. There were also a couple of change ups that she got them to swing at. She's looking strong."
Leading the way for Sikeston's offense was Sydney Davied.
Since moving her up to the number three spot in the lineup, King said that she has been the offensive spark that the Lady Bulldogs have needed.
"It's really did wonders," King said about moving Davied in the lineup. "We moved her up in the three hole and that's supposed to be your strongest batter. Every ball she hits is hard. No matter if it's on the ground, a line drive or in the air, it's always hard hit. And if you hit it that hard it's hard for the defense to make plays on."
Davied ended the day with three hits and one RBI.
Sikeston pulled out of the gate with two early runs in the top of the first inning with a little help from a Scott City error in the infield.
Hopson leadoff with a single and then Emilie Martin would try to move Hopson into scoring position with a bunt, but ended up reaching second base because of a throwing error.
Davied also tried to give herself up with a bunt, but ended up scoring Hopson from third base when Scott City decided to try and get the out at home. Hopson ended up safe at the plate while Martin took third and Davied reached first.
The next batter, Krystal Henson, reached first from another bunt attempt which would load the bases with no outs. After two pop outs by Mary Deason and Kelsie Cooper, Elizabeth Rains worked a walk from Scott City's starting pitcher Rachel Reed for the easy RBI to give Sikeston a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs scored two more in the fourth to further their lead. Martin was walked with two outs in the inning and that was followed by Davied's second single of the game. Henson, who had two hits and two RBIs on the day, drove in Martin with an RBI single and then Davied scored off of a wild pitch.
The fifth and final run that Sikeston put on the board was from a sacrifice fly that sent Hopson home off the bat of Henson for her second RBI.
Scott City's lone run came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Stacey Heisserer led off the inning with a double down the right field line and then was eventually brought home off of a bunt by Reed.
Reed went 6 1/3 innings on the mound for Scott City giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits and three walks. She also struck out three.
S. Heisserer and Melanie Lacey each had one hit a piece which was the only two hits that the Lady Rams could muster against Hopson.
S. Heisserer's hit was a double while Lacey's was a bunt single in the fifth inning.
Sikeston's next game will be against East Carter County at the Sikeston Complex today at 4 p.m.