(Brent Shipman, Staff)
"(Our girls) had some errors in the field," Sikeston coach Robert Rodgers said. "But mainly they got down and started blowing the game and blowing the plays because the umpire was not a good official.
"He was terrible."
Going into the top of fifth inning the Lady Dogs had build a comfortable 8-3 lead after scoring six runs in the previous two frames combined.
It was in the fifth, however, that errors and big hits by Englewood kicked off what ended up being an 11-run inning that saw Sikeston trailing by six runs before they could get the third out.
After giving up another four runs in sixth the Lady Dogs entered the bottom of the frame down 18-8 and needing at least one more run to keep their hopes alive.
Heeding the call, Lauren Graham opened up the frame with a lead off double before coming home to score to take the mercy rule out of effect. A short while later Sydney King hit a double before being brought home on a single by Paige Sailors single to right field to close Englewood's lead to eight.
Unfortunately for Sikeston, in the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Dogs could only get a runner on first with one out before a strikeout and fly out ended the game.
"The offense was good," Roberts said. "We hit good. We just couldn't get anything on defense. The umpire gave it away for (our girls)."
Leading Sikeston's 15-hit effort King was 4 for 4 on the night with a pair of doubles. Graham and Bayleah James each had three hits, including a home run and double by Graham. Sailors had two singles for the Lady Dogs' cause.
With the loss Sikeston falls to the loser's bracket of the tournament where another loss will knock them out of competition. They were scheduled to play Saturday at 1 p.m.