(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Surrendering 16-hits to host Notre Dame, Sikeston made a quick exit from the Notre Dame Softballfest Saturday afternoon, falling 17-1 in Notre Dame's route to the championship.
"That wasn't our team that stepped out on to the field today," Sikeston coach Tiffany Morgan said. "I've always talked about how the girls this year have been able to pick each other up, come back and fight through anything. When we get down we don't normally hang our heads, but today we hung our heads and just kind of died. That's definitely not our team."
After holding Notre Dame to only one run through the first two innings of play, the flood gates opened in the top of the third as Sikeston surrendered 11 runs on 12 hits.
Though Sikeston would come back to score a run in the bottom of the frame off a double to left field by starting pitcher Sarah Hopson, it would prove to only be a drop in the bucket.
Notre Dame would add five runs in the fourth while batting around in the order to win on the mercy rule.
"As I talked to the girls (after the game) they decided they knew this wasn't the team," Morgan said. "This will be the first and hopefully last time we hang our heads on the field."
Sikeston will look to rebound when they host Cape Central today at 4 p.m.
Notre Dame 1011 5 -- 17
Sikeston 001 0 -- 1
WP -- Katie Bond. LP -- Sarah Hopson. Multiple hitters -- (ND) Brianne Sanders 2-4, Summer Burger 2-3, Brandi Glastetter 2-4, Jessica Menz 3-4, Savanna Ayers 3-3. 2B -- (S) Sarah Hopson; (ND) Sanders, Bond. 3B -- (ND) Menz.
Facing Notre Dame in the championship game of the Notre Dame Softballfest, the Scott City Lady Rams had no better luck stopping the Lady Bulldogs offense than anyone else before them.
Having scored 29 runs in their previous two contests Saturday afternoon, Notre Dame would rack up 13 more runs through four innings on the Lady Rams to win 13-1 in the fifth on the 10-run mercy-rule.
"Notre Dame is a good hitting team," Scott City coach Amy Pobst. "I told the girls they've done to us what we've been doing to other people lately and we got back what we've been seeing."
In all four innings the Lady Bulldogs went to the plate they added to their lead, starting with a two-run rally in the second and finishing with four-runs in the fourth.
Scott City's lone run came in the second when a drive down the left field line by Shelby Rhymer scored Lindsay Kern from second to make it 2-1 at the time.
Despite the lop-sided score, Notre Dame only out-hit Scott City 10-8. Julie Holder, Macy Hall and Jenna Cummins led the Lady Rams with two hits apiece.
"Honestly I'm very proud of what we did. We came in here just with hopes of seeing how it would turn out and come out second," Pobst said of her team's finish. "Definitely not something to hold our heads down about. Just would have like to kept this one a little closer."
After combining for 14-hits in a 6-2 win over the Oran Lady Eagles earlier in the day, the Kally Lady Hawks' tournament title hopes would come to a close against the Scott City Lady Rams.
Allowing two, four-run rallies in the first three innings, Kelly would fall 10-4 as the Lady Rams advanced to the title game.
"We just didn't hit and made too many errors," Lady Hawks coach Melanie Heuring said. "We just fell apart. Not taking anything away from Scott City. They hit the ball well and played well, but we should have hit more than we did."
Out-hitting Kelly 10-6 on the contest, the Lady Rams were led by Alexis Spriggs, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple.
Though Oran would twice work out of bases-load jams against Kelly, only allowing a single run each time, the Lady Eagles luck would run out in the final two innings.
"I thought we started out the game really well," Oran coach Sara Heisserer said. "We got down and couple people kind of gave up and everybody sees that and the momentum died on us."
Besides earning the win, starting pitcher Kristen Powell also had a hot night at the plate for Kelly, going 4-for-4 against the Lady Eagles.
After beating the Delta Lady Bobcats 17-4, the Chaffee Lady Devils fell 13-3 Saturday to the Ste. Genevieve Hunters in the championship game of the consolation bracket.
In both the last two innings against the Hunters, Chaffee loaded the the bases, but both times came away unsuccessful.
"That's kind of been our M.O. this year is we get a ton of base runners and can't quite get the big hit when we need it," Chaffee coach Shawn Powderly said. "Hopefully we're putting people in the right spot and when it gets crunch time later in the year we'll be ready to go in that situation."