Sikeston softball shuts out Chaffee
SIKESTON -- Falling behind the Lady Bulldogs early is proving to be a recipe for defeat.
Chaffee became the latest victim in a 3-0 loss to the Sikeston girls softball team on Tuesday at the Sports Complex.
For the second consecutive game, the Lady Bulldogs (3-1) jumped to an early lead, then relied on strong pitching and a tight defense to hold the opposition in check.
Sikeston junior righthander Molly Brinkmeyer (2-0) tossed a two-hit shutout with ten strikeouts and two walks.
"I felt great," said Brinkmeyer. "I had a lot of movement on the ball and my speed was there also. The curve was my out pitch today."
Typical of the Lady Bulldog attack thus far, they managed only six hits, but bunched together four straight singles in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead.
Allison Blurton led off with a basehit, then hits by Brinkmeyer and Aly Friend loaded the bases.
The next batter, Erin Wibbenmeyer, lined a single up the middle to drive home Blurton and when the ball was bobbled, Brinkmeyer dashed home with the second run.
Brinkmeyer picked up her second hit to open the fourth. After a groundball and a wild pitch advanced her to third with one out, Brinkmeyer crossed the plate on Wibbenmeyer's groundout to extend the lead to 3-0.
Wibbenmeyer, who had two RBIs on the day, said, "I've got my hitting going now. During the summer, I was kind of in a slump, but now I think I'm breaking out it."
With a three-run cushion, the defense came to the fore, highlighted by two outstanding plays.
In the sixth, shortstop Blurton stretched to full extension for a diving catch of a looping liner just in front of second base, then got to her feet and rifled a throw to first base to double up the Lady Red Devil runner.
Another nice catch was turned in by centerfielder Julie Annesser in the seventh.
Annesser raced in to the edge of the infield to make a shoestring catch of a popup.
"Our defense was awesome again," said Sikeston coach Tiffany Glastetter.
On the Sikeston offense, which has been effective enough, but spotty, Glastetter said, "I know our hitters and eventually it'll come around. It's one of those things where we're either on or off, offensively. It would be different if we were striking out, but we're making contact and they'll eventually fall. I have confidence that my one through nine batters can hit."
The Sikeston junior varsity (0-3), in one of its better efforts of the season, lost 5-2 to Chaffee.
"They're improving," said Glastetter.
"It's unbelievable how much they've improved over the last two games."
Sikeston plays its third game in three days, hosting Farmington in a makeup game today at 4 p.m.