(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
KELSO -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs yet again found themselves down, but not out.
Trailing 6-2 heading into the seventh inning against the Scott City Lady Rams on Thursday evening, the Lady Bulldogs poured out four runs to tie the game as well as make the last inning an interesting one at the least.
"It seems like it's the same story every game," Sikeston head coach Tiffany Morgan said. "Our girls have battled back more than any team I've had here at Sikeston. They never quit from the start. If they get down, they don't quit until the last out of the seventh inning."
However, Sikeston's valiant effort towards the end of the game would go unwarranted as Scott City came right back in their half of the seventh to stave off the Lady Bulldogs, 7-6, in the second game of the Notre Dame Softballfest's pool play at Kelso Park.
Two errors by the Lady Rams began Sikeston's comeback in the seventh. A bases loaded walk to Courtney Collins made it 6-4. After Madison Chaney made it a one-point game when she hustled home on a passed ball, Sarah Dixon tied the game with an RBI single to center. Collins ended up being tagged out at home trying to give the Lady Bulldogs the lead and a strikeout ended the inning.
"We got some big hits there," Morgan said. "Sarah Dixon, she came through for us and she played a great game."
Scott City, who had a total of six hits including four for extra bases throughout the game, used their big bats to get the win shortly after.
Stacey Heisserer reached first on an error to leadoff the bottom of the seventh. She quickly advanced to second on a passed ball and then was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Melanie Lacey. Alexis Spriggs, who went 2-3 with a triple and a home run, ended the game on a sacrifice fly to center field.
"I think we kind of relaxed a little and felt like we had a lead and they didn't believe that they couldn't come back," Scott City head coach Amy Pobst said. "They got a good scare. But, I love the way we played tonight. We hit the ball hard and everybody hit.
"We went up to bat with the mentality that we were going to hit."
Scott City continued their hitting ways in the last game on Thursday against the Chaffee Lady Devils. A combined 18 hits led the Lady Rams to a resounding 19-5 win to secure a No. 1 seed in bracket play on Saturday as they go 2-0.
Scott City lunged out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the first and continued to pound the ball throughout.
They scored at least two runs in every inning of the five inning contest as five batters for Scott City had three hits. Lacey hit the Lady Rams' second home run on the day as Macey Hall continued her dominant presence at the plate hitting her third triple of the day. Hall finished her two games going 5-for-6 with two RBI. Spriggs, on top of winning the first game against Sikeston as the pitcher, ended her day with a 5-for-7 performance and seven RBI.
"Those big numbers are nice to put up but it also puts a target on you," Pobst said. "Everybody wants to knock down the team that's hitting and doing well. We just hope to go up there on Saturday and if we play our best, that's all I can ask for."
Although suffering a 14-run loss to Scott City, the Chaffee Lady Devils played their best game of the season in a 3-1 losing effort against the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs in Thursdays first game of the day according to head coach Shawn Powderly.
"I thought that was the best game we've played so far this year," Powderly said. "We had a few mistakes that ended up getting them their runs but, overall we played good. We had our base runners again like we have been but we just couldn't get them across."
Chaffee, who went 0-2 during pool play, will have their first game on Saturday at 9 a.m.
"The main thing I want to see is to come out with a little fight," said Powderly. "After we got down early we didn't have much. I'd like to see us come out and be ready to play like I know we can play."
Sikeston finished Thursday with a 1-1 record but still have high hopes of possibly making it to the championship game.
"Our girls are really focused and they want to be in that championship game on Saturday," said Morgan. "I can't say enough about how well they've prepared themselves and wanting to work to get to that championship game."
Sikeston will play at 3 p.m.
|Chaffee||100 000 0 -- 1|
|Sikeston||010 020 x -- 3|
WP -- Sarah Hopson. LP -- Montana Estes. Multiple hitters -- (C) Adrienne Eichhorn 2-3, Hannah Bedwell 2-3; (S) Sarah Hopson 2-4, Sarah Dixon 2-3. 2B -- (S) Dixon. 3B -- (C) Bedwell.
|Sikeston||000 110 4 -- 6|
|Scott City||303 000 1 -- 7|
WP -- Alexis Spriggs. LP -- Sydney Davied. Multiple hitters -- (S) Sarah Dixon 2-4; (SC) Stacey Heisserer 2-4, Spriggs 2-3, Macey Hall 2-3. 2B -- (S) Dixon. 3B -- (SC) Spriggs, Hall 2. HR -- (SC) Spriggs.
|Scott City||623 42 -- 19|
|Chaffee||200 21 -- 5|
WP -- Becky Burger. LP -- Hailey Enderle. Multiple hitters -- (SC) Julie Holder 3-5, Stacey Heisserer 2-4, Melanie Lacey 3-5, Alexis Spriggs 3-4, Macey Hall 3-3, Jenna Cummins 3-5, Becky Burger 2-4, Lindsay Kern 2-4; (C) Kaitlyn Miller 2-3. 2B -- (SC) Lacey. 3B -- (SC) Hall. HR -- (SC) Lacey.