Stephanie Frevert’s performance at the plate and behind it wasn’t enough to get Hickman a win.
The Kewpies lost 4-0 to Kirksville on Monday night at Cosmopolitan Park. The Tigers out hit Hickman 8-4 and the Kewpies never advanced a runner beyond second base.
“They hit and we didn’t; bottom line,” Hickman coach Courtney Diehl said.
It was the sixth loss in a row for Hickman
Frevert, the Kewpies’ catcher, had two hits for Hickman (6-14) in two at bats. She also picked off Rachel Hutton at first in the third inning, and caught Hannah Nugent stealing second in the fourth.
Frevert led off the third inning with a single, and advanced to second on a Katie Johanning bunt, but the Kewpies stranded her there.
Frevert’s next single came with one out in the fifth. Johanning followed with a shallow pop up between the pitcher’s mound and second base, but the Tigers’ Kristin Jacobs caught it and threw to first for a double play.
Denise Buxton gave the Kewpies their first base runner with a two-out single in the second. Pitcher Stefani Worley got Hickman’s other hit with a two-out single in the fourth.
Jacobs unusual windup baffled Kewpies
Jacobs pitched all seven innings for Kirksville, striking out seven and walking none. Her unusual, jerky windup baffled the Kewpies throughout the evening.
Worley held the Tigers scoreless through the first three innings.
Kirksville’s Amanda Murphy led off the fourth inning with a walk, and scored on a Lindsey Williams triple. Williams then scored on an errant throw to first by Worley. Worley’s error came after she fielded Nugent’s groundball and checked on Williams at third.
Williams was 2-for-4 and led Kirksville with two runs scored.
Worley gave up two singles to start the fifth, but forced the next three batters to fly out.
The Tigers added two more runs in the sixth. Williams reached first after Shannon Buckridge dropped a shallow fly ball in right field. Nugent singled, and then she and Williams advanced to second and third on Worley’s wild pitch. Rachel Brawner drove in Williams with a sacrifice fly, and Dayna Swisher singled to score Nugent.
Katie Frink relieved Worley and got two outs to end the inning. She then gave up two consecutive singles to start the seventh, but retired the next three in order, including two by strike out.
After the substitution Diehl moved Worley to third base, shifted Buxton from third to right field and replaced Buckridge in the lineup with Frink.
Coach said stuggles have fired some kids up
“Everybody’s been struggling, so I switched the lineup around a little bit,” Diehl said. “I think it fired some kids up, and (Worley) was one of them. She was upset, but (Frink) came in and did a good job.”
The Kewpies lost three this weekend in the Kewpie Classic, and also lost to Rock Bridge and Jefferson City during the streak. Hickman last won Sept. 17 at New Franklin.
The Kewpies’ contest with Southern Boone, originally scheduled for Sept. 22, has been moved to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at Cosmo Park.