Durant Lady Lions power through DHS softball Tournament
by By Zach Maxwell
DURANT - The Durant Lady Lion softballers had to win three games on Saturday to claim the championship at the 2013 DHS Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament held at the Durant Multi-Sport Complex. They did just that.
The first game on the docket was a tough Broken Bow team. Destinee Lewis helped propel the Lady Lions over Broken Bow 2-1 with a 2-run homerun.
In game two the Lady Lions stopped an Idabel comeback with a 5-4 victory.
Then in the championship game, Durant flexed its offensive muscle and dominated the Duncan Lady Demons and cruised to a 7-1 victory.
“We beat Broken Bow, a really great team. Idabel has a really good pitcher and she dominates the circle,” said head coach Aaron Mullens. “Then Duncan. They haven’t been scored on all tournament, they shut every team out. Then we hang seven on them. That is a good team to beat to get the respect that we need.”
The Lady Lions scored early and often. In the first inning Kylie Manning hit an RBI and an error let another Lady Lion cross the plate to give Durant a 2-0 lead.
Two more runs crossed the plate in the second inning with an RBI from Madison Gray and a wild pitch, Durant led 4-0.
Duncan posted a run in the fourth inning, but Durant dashed their hopes of a come back.
In the sixth inning, Durant’s Lewis smashed a 2 run double to give the Lady Lions a 6-1 lead. And Kyile Williams finished the scoring with a fielders choice RBI.
“I’m very proud of them. We started the season out a little rough, now we are on a winning streak. We have won seven games in row,” said Mullens. “It’s real good just before playoffs, we are right where we need to be.”
Colbert Lady Leopards were eliminated by Broken Bow in Saturday’s games.
Friday results from local teams:
Durant 5 Kingston 2 - Riley Andis had a pair of big hits as well as two hustling catches in the field to help the Lady Lions defeat Kingston. Sydni Hampton and Destinee Lewis also made some noise with their bats and Kylie Williams notched another win in the circle. Then in the late game, the Lady Lions beat Marietta 11-7.
Byng 2 Colbert 1 - Lady Leopards pitcher Breawna McCraw and the Colbert offense struggled as the Lady Pirates held a 1-0 lead until the decisive seventh inning. Byng took a 2-0 lead which helped them take the win before Haylie McGowan’s seventh-inning, two-out home run for Colbert.
Earlier in the day, Colbert defeated Plainview 6-0.
Bennington 8 McAlester 4 - Callie Clark pitched the victory and got help from the bats of Taylor Dancer and Hayleh Lowery to avenge an earlier loss to Dickson.
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