Brinkmeyer, Sikeston shut out East Prairie

Friday, September 13, 2002
Sikeston's Sarah Reeves makes contact in Thursday's game against East Prairie (photo by David Jenkins, Staff)

SIKESTON -- Sikeston's young and talented softball team chalked up another win on Thursday, beating East Prairie 10-0 in five innings.

The Lady Bulldogs improve to 4-5 with the victory, more that doubling the win total from the last two seasons combined.

"Since I've been coaching, even back when I was an assistant, I don't remember winning too much more than four in a season," said Sikeston coach Jenny Hobeck. "I think we're doing really well. And with our players being so young, it looks like things are going to be better for the next few years."

Freshman Molly Brinkmeyer followed up an impressive showing against Kelly with another solid outing. She no-hit East Prairie, issuing three walks with 10 strikeouts in five innings of work.

"She did a lot of work this summer, and pitched a lot with a traveling league," said Hobeck. "It's really showing. She's got speed and she's got movement on the ball too. She's got a drop, a rise and a change."

Sophomore Paige Silverthorn paced the team at the plate, batting 3-for-4 with an RBI and Bethany Clayton was 2-for-3. Other hits came from sophomore Julie Annesser, freshman Allison Blurton, Sarah Reeves and Jessica Owens. Kerri Jones drove in two RBIs as did Brinkmeyer.

East Prairie's Meghen Massey was charged with the loss. Sikeston's junior varsity team will compete in the Jackson Tournament on Saturday. The next varsity game will be at home on Monday, hosting Notre Dame at 4 p.m.

JACKSON -- Dana and Sara Essner both scored, leading Kelly to a 2-0 victory over Jackson on Thursday.

The Lady Hawks improve to 4-1 with the victory.

"We gelled together really well today," said Kelly coach Rhonda Evans. "I was really proud of all of them."

Dana Essner threw all seven innings, allowing eight hits and no walks with nine strikeouts. The defense behind her was superb, committing no errors.

"When you put out eight hits, you hope to score at least one or two runs," said Evans. "But our defense was awesome tonight. They hustled and played together. They looked like the Kelly team I'm used to coaching."

At the plate, Sara Essner was 2-for-3 and Jennifer Burnett was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Dana Essner was 1-for-3 with a triple and Cara Scherer was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Jackson's Heather Tuschoff was charged with the loss. Catcher Megan Green paced the Lady Indians at the plate, batting 3-for-3 with a double.

Kelly will host Egyptian today.

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