SIKESTON -- After storming back to make it a 7-5 game, the 10 and under Sikeston Lady Dogs finished off a nail-biter in seven innings to defeat the Monett All-Stars 9-8 in the 2010 Babe Ruth Softball Midwest Plains Regional at the Sikeston Sports Complex.
(David Jenkins, Staff)
Kylie Noe capped off the win with an RBI single over the left fielder's head to end the game in walkoff fashion after being down 8-7 to start the inning.
"We had some big hits with the biggest probably being Kylie Noe," said Noe. "She had a deep drive over the outfielder and brought the winning run in. But, overall it was a team effort. We had a lot of big plays."
Both teams squandered several grand opportunities to put the game away, but tough defensive plays on both sides kept the game tied forcing extra innings.
A few of Sikeston's big plays down the stretch was an outfield catch by Alyssa Tidwell and a heads up play by the Lady Dogs shortstop, Katie Hampton, who caught a liner and then raced to second base to complete the double play.
"They had runners on and your left fielder takes a few steps back and catches a ball," Noe said. "At the age of nine and 10, that's a pretty big play. Katie Hampton knew what to do when she caught that line drive and she doubled her off and got out of that jam."
All of the defensive gems helped Sikeston starting pitcher, Hailey Noon, to a complete game win.
"Hailey Noon, she really threw well," said Noe. "She let them hit the ball and our defense really came through.
"I'm very proud of them. We've come a long way the past few weeks and we've done pretty well."
Sikeston finished pool play with a 1-2 record and, following their 9-8 win, were waiting the outcome of a few more games on Friday evening to see if they advanced to bracket play which began on Saturday and will finish on Sunday with the championship round.