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SHS season ends at hands of Knightettes; Kelly advances with 9-3 win

Thursday, October 6, 2011

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HILLSBORO -- Bringing their season to a close, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs fell 5-2 on Wednesday to the Farmington Knightettes in the opening round of the Class 4, District 1 Tournament.

"We struggled going from a faster pitcher, like the one we saw against Naylor on Monday, to a slower one like Farmington has," Sikeston assistant coach Paige Silverthorn said. "We started to catch up later in the game, but by then it was just a little too late."

Trailing 3-0 after the Knightettes rallied for two runs in the second inning and another in the third, the Lady Bulldogs brought home their first run of the game in the top of the fourth to close to within two runs.

Putting together another two-run rally in the bottom of the fourth, however, Farmington was able to keep their distance. Though Sikeston scored a run in the seventh to make up the 5-2 final, their rally fell short.

Leading the Lady Bulldogs effort, Bayleah James went for 2 for 4 on the contest while Kirsten Baker was 2 for 3. Madison Chaney, Maggie Shepherd, Sydney King and Tiffany Gilman each contributed a single to Sikeston's cause.

The Lady Bulldogs finish the season with a 9-14 record.

Class 2, District 2

Kelly 9, Saxony Lutheran 3

FESTUS -- Looking to make a return to the Class 2 Show Me Showdown, the Kelly Lady Hawks opened their postseason on Wednesday with a 9-3 win over Saxony Lutheran in the Class 2, District 2 tournament.

Starting with a two-run rally in the first, the Lady Hawks scored in each of the first five innings of the contest to take a 9-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. The Lady Crusaders scored a pair of runs in the sixth to close to within six runs, but were shutout in the seventh to end their season.

"We hit well today," Kelly coach Rhonda Ratledge said. "Hopefully we can take that momentum and keep it going tomorrow."

Combining for 15 hits, the Lady Hawks got a three-hit performance from both Kristy Brucker and Samantha Ratledge. Brucker had a triple with two runs batted in while Ratledge hit a solo home run.

Other Lady Hawks contributing include Emily Grojean, Stephanie Worth and and Jessica Worth, who had two hits apiece. Samantha Worth and Jade Rampley each had a triple.

In picking up the win, Brucker went the full seven innings, allowing all three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four.

Moving on to the semifinals, Kelly will play St. Pius X today at 4:30 p.m. in Festus.

On the other side of the bracket, St. Vincent held off Jefferson for a 9-3 win and will play Scott City today at 2:30 p.m. in the other semifinal contest.