(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON-- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs softball team downed the East Carter County Lady Redbirds 10-0 in five innings at the Sikeston Complex Tuesday afternoon to move to a record of 11-8 for the season.
Pitcher Sarah Hopson led the way for the Lady Bulldogs pitching four hitless innings with four strikeouts and going 3-for-4 with an RBI at the plate Tuesday afternoon.
"She (Hopson) comes out focused every game," Sikeston head coach Tiffany King said. "People don't realize how big a role the pitcher plays. She can win or lose the game for you. Sarah just comes out focused and is a big help to us."
Hopson feels that her team really put everything together Tuesday.
"We came out a little shaky, but rebounded well from that," Hopson said of the contest. "We got our bats going which gave us a big boost that showed in our defense as well."
Sikeston had a sound offensive outing, compiling 11 total hits. Mary Deason was the Lady Bulldogs' leading scorer, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Other RBIs came from Krystal Henson with two and Kelsie Cooper provided one.
King feels that the depth of her offense is one of Sikeston's biggest keys to success.
"Offensively, this is one of the strongest team I've coached," she said. "Some have come close, but this team can hit well from top to bottom."
King sights her girl's growing team confidence as the thing that can take Sikeston's softball program to new heights.
"We always emphasize the importance of confidence to get to that next level as a team," she said. "We are getting there and these wins really help that. We have a lot of girls returning next year so that will just continue to grow and build."
Sikeston will be back in action today against Saxony Lutheran, with an eye toward district play, which will begin Oct. 8.