(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
KELSO -- Playing in the Notre Dame Softballfest on Thursday, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs dropped a pair of close pool play games against Kelly and Scott City that extend their current losing streak to four.
"It seems like I'm saying the same things over and over, but we just can't buy the breaks," Sikeston head coach Tiffany Morgan said. "It seems like the other team is getting them. Scott City's shortstop made a couple good plays (against us today).
"That's just the luck of the game. Sometimes it goes our way and sometimes it don't. Today it was definitely their way."
Coming right back on the field following a 5-2 loss to the Lady Hawks, the Lady Bulldogs overcame an early two-run deficit to the Lady Rams to tie things up at 3-3 in the fifth. Unable to answer one final Scott City run in the sixth, however, Sikeston fell 4-3.
After two scoreless innings, the Lady Rams jumped on top to start the third when Alexis Spriggs hit a shot to deep right field that turned into a two-run, inside-the-park home run.
The Lady Bulldogs answered when Sydney King singled in a run in the bottom of the frame, but another Lady Ram run in the fifth put Sikeston back down by two at 3-1.
After starting the bottom of the inning with two straight outs, the Lady Bulldogs kicked off a two-run rally when King singled in her second straight at-bat.
A dropped fly ball in the next at-bat left runners on first and second before Maggie Shepherd doubled into the right centerfield gap to clear the bases.
The defining run of the game came when Bella Bowers led of the top of the sixth with a single, followed by two ground outs that pushed her to third.
With two outs Lindsey Rendleman hit a drive that went off the pitcher's glove and left her safe at first while allowing the go-ahead run to score.
After stranding a runner in the sixth, the Lady Bulldogs put the tying runner on first to start the seventh as Bayleah James led off the inning with a single to left centerfield. Unfortunately for Sikeston, the Lady Rams caught a break when they tagged the runner out trying to take second, followed by a ground ball to the second baseman that left the Lady Bulldogs with two outs.
"We had the heart of our lineup up," Morgan said. "The thought was get her to second, break up that double play and hopefully Sydney could get her knocked in, but it didn't fall our way."
A single by Sarah Dixon and Hanna Placek getting hit by a pitch put the tying run on second and winning run on first.
With no room for error, the Lady Bulldogs saw a fly out to left field end their chances and drop them to 0-2 in pool play.
Leading Sikeston's six-hit effort, King went 2 for 4 in the contest with a run driven in and run scored. Shepherd had the team's only extra-base hit, a double, while James, Dixon and Annie Ramey added a single each to the Lady Bulldogs' cause.
For Scott City, who had seven hits, Rendleman went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and Spriggs legged out a home run and drew two walks. Bowers was 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Picking up the win, Spriggs went all seven innings allowing one earned run, three walks and striking out two.
"I think we played great both games today," Lady Rams head coach Amy Pobst said, who dropped their first game to Kelly, 6-3. "I was proud of the girls for both games, but it was nice to finish with a win."
With pool play now over, Sikeston (2-4) finished third in Pool B and will play Portageville, who finished third in Pool A, on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Notre Dame High School.
Scott City (2-2) will stay at Kelso where they'll play the Chaffee Lady Devils, who finished in second place in Pool A, at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Scott City 002 011 0 - 4
Sikeston 001 020 0 - 3
WP -- Alexis Spriggs. LP -- Paige Sailors. Multiple hitters: (SC) Lindsey Rendleman 3-4, Bella Bowers 2-3; (SK) Sydney King 2-4. 2B -- (SK) Maggie Sheperd. HR -- (SC) Alexis Spriggs.
KELSO -- Securing the top seed in Pool B on Thursday, the Kelly Lady Hawks pulled out a 6-2 win over Sikeston to finish pool play undefeated.
Taking advantage of a pair of first inning Lady Hawk errors, the Lady Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead when Madison Chaney came around to score.
Kelly came back to tie things up in the bottom of the first when their leadoff hitter, Samantha Ratledge, hit an inside the park home run to centerfield.
Sarah Dixon tripled in the third frame before scoring to give Sikeston its last lead of the contest before a three-run outburst by the Lady Hawks in the fourth gave them the lead for good.
In the frame, Jade Rampley and Sydney Vinyard hit two-out singles before a walk to Darbe Backfisch loaded the bases. A single by Kristi Brucker went on to tie the game before a bases loaded walk to Ratledge gave Kelly a 3-2 edge.
Morgan LeDure capped the rally with an RBI single to left field.
One final run in the fifth gave the Lady Hawks a three-run advantage and made up the final.
"This game against Sikeston is probably our ugliest (so far this season)," Kelly head coach Rhonda Ratledge said. "We had more errors here then what we had in our first four games put together I think. The first three games that we've played this season our speech was let's get on them and jump on them early and we were doing that.
"These two games today we kind of set back a little bit and waiting until about the fourth inning. It makes it a completely different ball game when you do that and the girls, I hope, realize that."
Kelly (5-0) will play Notre Dame, the top seed out of Pool A, at Notre Dame High School at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
KELSO -- After four scoreless innings against Scott City to open pool play on Thursday, Kelly drove home six runs in the final three innings for a 6-3 win.
Sydney Vinyard started the two-run fifth inning rally with a single before coming around to score. The Lady Hawks went up 3-0 on another run in the top of the sixth before a three-run rally by the Lady Rams in the bottom of the frame evened the score.
In the top of the seventh, Kelly started one final three-run rally when Kristy Brucker singled, followed by Samantha Ratledge reaching on an error.
Both girls eventually came around to score along with Stephanie Worth to make up the 6-3 final.
Scott City had one last chance to answer, but started their half of the seventh with two strikeouts before Julie Holder singled. Stranding Holder, a ground out to the second baseman ended the game.