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Sikeston dominates Delta on senior night

Friday, September 30, 2011

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Sikeston runner Madison Chaney slides safely in to third base as Tori Burton of Delta applies the tag during the fourth inning of Thursday's contest. Brent Shipman, Staff
SIKESTON -- With a five-run rally in the fifth inning on Thursday, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs picked up their second straight mercy-rule win in as many days, holding the Delta Lady Bobcats to three hits in a 11-1 rout.

"We played wonderful and as a team," Sikeston first baseman Sydney King said. "Now that we have two wins under our belt back-to-back that hopefully we can get another win on Monday and that will lead us into districts (with some confidence)."

Celebrating senior night, the Lady Bulldogs jumped out to an early 2-1 lead after the first frame before pulling ahead 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth.

Opening up the frame, pinch hitter Tiffany Gilman kicked off the scoring when she reached on a walk before coming home all the way from first on a Kayla Fodge bunt that was mishandled by the Lady Bobcats.

Safe at first on her bunt, Fodge came around to score in the next at bat as Sikeston eventually worked its way to a nine-run lead with the tying run at first. It was with Bayleah James on first with one out that No. 3 hitter Maggie Shepherd delivered the game-winning hit.

Sending a hard hit line drive deep to right center field, Shepherd sent Delta's outfielders scrambling for the ball as it rolled back to the fence.

With the ball not yet back to the infield by time she rounded third, James crossed the plate uncontested to end the game.

"I told them that we need to score every inning and after those two first innings I wasn't satisfied with one or two runs," Sikeston assistant coach Paige Silverthorn said. "I wanted more and that's what they gave us. They executed and did their job today."

As the Lady Bulldogs' lone senior this year, Lauren Graham contributed a single and sacrifice bunt to Sikeston's cause while scoring the first run of a two-run rally in the fourth inning.

"Lauren has worked very hard for us all season," said Silverthorn. "You never see her not trying her hardest so she did very well tonight."

Of the senior night win, Graham said, "It feels amazing and I'm so proud of my girls for doing this for me. I'm proud of them and glad we have a win going in to districts."

Others aiding Sikeston in the win included leadoff hitter Madison Chaney, who was 2 for 3 with a walk, run batted in and four runs scored. James was a had double, three runs batted in and two runs scored with King adding a triple and run batted in.

Picking up the win, Paige Sailors went the full five innings, allowing one run on three hits and no walks while striking out three. She allowed only one hit in the final three innings of play.

"Paige is really painting the corners, doing her job and getting better and better," Silverthorn said of the freshman.

Macey Parks, Courtney Beggs and Ciara Coomer had a hit each for the Lady Bobcats. It was after Parks led off the game with her single that Delta (4-12) took its short-lived lead as Parks advanced to third before coming home on a grounder to short by Tori Burton.

At 9-12 on the year, Sikeston will play their final game of the regular season when they host Naylor on Monday at 4:30 p.m.


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