BLUE — The original field of 19 teams at the Rock Creek Fast-Pitch Tournament was narrowed after the second day of play. Area teams still alive after Friday’s action include Rock Creek, Caddo, Silo and Tushka.
The host team was slated to take on Idabel at 10 a.m. Saturday on Field 1. At the same time, Caddo was to face off against Antlers on Field 2 in the loser’s bracket. Also in the loser’s bracket on Field 2 was an 11:20 a.m. Silo-Tushka match-up.
Colbert defeated Atoka in an early game Friday but was knocked out by Hugo.
Rock Creek 8, Antlers 3
It certainly didn’t start out pretty for the home team, but it turned into a win for the Lady Mustangs. Rock Creek committed two errors in the opening frame, which helped Antlers put two across the plate.
Rock Creek matched the pair of runs in the bottom of the first, and Antlers reciprocated with a couple of errors too. Kristen Robinson was safe when the first baseman pulled off the bag, Macy Eiler drew a walk and Danielle Hayden ramped one up the short stop’s body to load the bases. Then, Carol Scott landed a two-RBI single in left-center to tie the game.
The Lady Mustangs took advantage of two more Antlers errors in the second to put up another two runs.
Antlers’ leadoff reached on a misfire to first and ended up scoring to make it a 3-4 ballgame until the bottom of the fourth.
With one out, RC leadoff Arie Young slapped a pitch over second base. Kristen Robinson reached on an errant fielder’s choice attempt at Young. Intermingled with the next two outs was an Ashlynn Robinson RBI double to center, Danielle Hayden’s RBI bloop single to center and Scott’s RBI double over second to make it 8-3 Rock Creek. The A. Robinson two-bagger might have batted in two runs as a triple if it wasn’t called stuck under the outfield gate.
Antlers bowed out after four batters in the top of the fifth.
Ashlynn Robinson pitched the five innings for Rock Creek. She struck out one, hit one and allowed four hits.
Idabel 7, Caddo 3
Idabel posted 10 hits to Caddo’s four in this one. The Lady Warriors jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
Caddo got on the board in the top of the second. Casie Clower was hit by a pitch, stole second and made it to third on a passed ball. That set up Kalli Whisenhunt for a sacrifice fly to center.
Idabel’s last two runs were split between the third and fourth inning.
Caddo’s crafty Casie Clower got on base again in the top of the fourth, beating out a throw following a dropped third strike. She moved around the field on a passed ball and a ground out before scoring when another pitch got by the catcher. Jessie Price, who had drawn a walk, came in on Carrie Henson’s hard-hit single to left.
Hadley Clower landed a single in shallow right in the fifth and scored on Taylor Barrett’s one-bagger to short left.
Katie Harris pitched four innings, striking out one and walking four.
Valliant 4, Silo 1
Silo struck first in the top of the second on back-to-back bunts by four-hole Catie Simmons and Kensea Blakely.
Valliant responded in the bottom of the frame with a run to knot the score at 1-all until adding three more in the third for what would be the 4-1 final.
Simmons also got a single through to right in the fourth but was left stranded.
She pitched the first three innings for one strikeout and two walks and allowed six hits.
Mary Grider started the fourth. In two innings, she walked one and hit a batter.
It would be a shame not to mention one of the best defensive plays of the day. Adyson Barber dove in the dirt, stopped a grounder and reached out to tag the third base for the third out in the bottom of the second.
Caddo 3, Broken Bow 1
The Lady Bruins sent Broken Bow home on three hits for three runs.
Caddo took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Katie Harris reached on an error. Her courtesy runner, Andrea Hamilton, advanced on Casie Clower’s out and Jessie Price’s single, then crossed the plate on a passed ball. Price had taken an extra base on her hit and ended up scoring also on a passed ball.
The Lady Bruins added their third run in the third. Tanna Hightower hit a single up the middle and was batted in on Taylor Barrett’s triple to deep right-center.
Broken Bow managed one run in the fourth with two doubles, but that wasn’t enough.
Harris pitched all five innings for Caddo, striking out two, walking one and allowing four hits.
Silo 3, Kingston 2
Silo stayed alive in the nightcap in a close contest.
Kingston took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first that held until the bottom of the third. Miranda Parr led off that frame by drawing a walk in the eight hole, and nine-hole Kamryn Duncan was hit by a pitch. After Parr stole third, she was able to score on a Karissa Marshal sacrifice fly to center. Two-hole Julie Cullum got one through to left for a single that moved Duncan to second.
After Duncan ran to third uncontested, three-hole Mary Grider got a piece of a pitch for a hard-hit RBI single over second base for the 2-1 lead after three.
But Kingston knotted it up in the next frame after the six-hole drew a walk, stole two bases and scored on an infield error.
Time had expired with a tie to start the sixth, bringing the international tiebreaker rule into effect. The previous inning’s final out/batter was placed on second. Kingston’s was tagged out before reaching third, and Silo escaped unscathed through four batters.
The Lady Rebels had Catie Simmons start on second due to the ITB. After Kensea Blakely reached on a bobbled bunt and took an opportunity for an extra base, Kaci Blankenship hit a game-winning RBI bloop to center.
Grider pitched all six innings for Silo. She struck out six batters, walked two and allowed six hits.
Defensive play of note: Parr pulled down an on-the-run, sideways catch near the wall in centerfield for the second out of the third inning.
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