It characterizes the essence of what a team should be by doing things not for yourself, but for the betterment of teammates.
On Thursday afternoon, the Lady Bulldogs held tight to their rope but at the hands of the No. 1 seeded Hillsboro Lady Hawks, Sikeston's rope came to it's end.
The Lady Bulldogs' season came to a close in the Class 4, District 1 semifinals in a 17-7 loss at Jackson City park.
"There's nothing to hang their heads about," Sikeston head coach Tiffany Morgan said about their season. "Everybody knew around this area that Sikeston was a team that came ready to play."
The bottom of the first inning signaled the beginning of the end. Hillsboro cranked out 11 runs on eight hits as well as three Sikeston errors, giving the Lady Hawks a commanding lead and giving the Lady Bulldogs a huge mountain to climb.
Mikala Torrence, who finished a home run shy of the cycle and 4-for-4 at the plate, spearheaded Hillsboro's monster first inning with a leadoff triple and then an eventual double later in the inning. The Lady Hawks sent 15 batters to the plate that one inning alone.
"It really put a damper on things," Morgan said about Hillsboro's first plate appearance. "It seemed like we weren't focused and we didn't have that same spark we had (Wednesday)."
Although staring at an 11-run deficit, Sikeston didn't go away quietly.
Senior outfielder Nicki James led off the top of the second with a single to left. A walk to Elizabeth Bolen and then a fielder's choice bunt by Sydney King, loaded the bases for Katie Hines who reached on an error allowing the first two Sikeston runs to score.
Senior Sarah Hopson followed with a single to load the bases again while Madison Chaney pushed Hines home on a fielder's choice.
Starting pitcher Sydney Davied sent two more runs across with a 2-RBI triple to center field. An error during Sarah Dixon's at-bat scored Davied from third making it an 11-6 game after two innings.
"It was nice to see our seniors stepping up," said Morgan about Sikeston outburst of runs. "Nicki (James) led us off with a hit and it kind of just continued to trickle on there. Katie Hines, another senior stepped up and got a good hit.
"All of these seniors produced and that's what you like to see."
Although it was a valiant effort on their part, Sikeston couldn't continue that pace. Hillsboro added one run in the bottom of the second and then five more in the fourth sealing the Lady Bulldogs' fate.
Sikeston finishes the season with a 14-8 record, which is one of the more successful seasons in school history. They will also be saying goodbye to eight seniors, who most of which, have been with Morgan since their freshman year; Hopson, Davied, James, Courtney Collins, Bolen, Hines, Sarah Cantrell and Breanna Gipson.
"You see these girls develop from their freshman year to their senior year and it's just amazing," said Morgan. "Not just on the field, but off the field they have brought a lot to the team. They're a team that developed as a family. I told them that they're not just my team, they're my family."
Sikeston 0 60 01 -- 7
Hillsboro (11)10 5x -- 17
WP -- Mikala Torrence. LP -- Sydney Davied. Multiple hitters -- (S) Madison Chaney 2-3, Davied 2-3, Nicki James 2-3; (H) Torrence 4-4, Kara Pochon 2-4, Alicia Litviak 2-4, Sierra Thompson 3-4, Rachel Arnold 2-3. 2B -- (H) Torrence, Pochon 2, Cherlyn Orlando. 3B -- (S) Davied; (H) Torrence.