(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Scoring double-digit runs was a welcomed occurrence for the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs softball team Wednesday.
Their play on the field seemed loose, but effective, which stemmed from a team meeting they had following their disappointing 9-2 loss to the Jackson Lady Indians a day earlier.
"We had a break-down, lets get it all out in the open, kind of talk yesterday," Senior catcher Sarah Dixon said. "We talked about what was going on and what's wrong with the team. I think we really came together as a team today and this could be a nice building block for us."
Their pow-wow seemed to pay off as they crushed the visiting Fredericktown Lady Blackcats, 13-3 in five innings.
"Our bats were silent yesterday and it seemed like we could never find that groove," Sikeston head coach Tiffany Morgan said about their game with Jackson. "I talked to the girls and told them that once they excel in either offense or defense, the other will come around. That's finally what happened today."
Sikeston (6-7), who featured a rather deep roster to start the season, has been hit with injuries of late which may be one cause to their recent slump.
Their starting shortstop, Annie Ramey has been sidelined as has Kristen Baker, who usually serves as a third baseman or designated hitter.
Baker is more than likely out for the remainder of the year and Ramey will soon find out what her status is for the next few weeks, according to Morgan.
"We need to get a healthy crew," Morgan said. "It seems like injuries have been hampering us. Once we get healthy, I think we'll be right up there with everybody else in our district.
"It would be nice to finally get Annie and Kristen back. We'd love to get them healthy for districts."
Sikeston starter Paige Sailors threw the complete game win allowing five hits and striking out one.
"Paige threw really well today," Dixon said. "She hit her spots and was able to throw her changeup and it was working. She was definitely on today."
Madison Smith led the Lady Bulldogs with three singles while Dixon and Hanna Placek each added two hits as well.
"It was a good thing for us to score a lot of runs today," said Dixon. "We were kind of down yesterday because we didn't hit the ball real well. But today, we adjusted real well, hit the ball and we won as a team."
Fredericktown scored one run in each of the first three innings and lead 3-2 after the top of the third inning.
Sikeston didn't allow that deficit to linger much longer.
The Lady Bulldogs exploded for eight runs in the bottom half of the third. At one time, Sikeston strung together five-straight hits, which all eventually came around to score.
"Hits are contagious," Morgan said. "I feel like we finally came together as a team during this game."
The Lady Bulldogs added three more runs in the top of the fourth to put the game away and give them the 10-run mercy rule victory.
"I told the girls that it's time to start being steady on things," said Morgan. "Sometimes we'll play well and other times we won't. Districts are just around the corner."
For their next game, Sikeston will travel to Oran today at 4 p.m.