WEATHERFORD – There’s always an ill wind blowing here and it left the LadyStorm softballers on the wrong end of a twinbill sweep Friday afternoon.
Coach Ron Faubion’s club stranded 18 runners in 7-3 and 6-3 losses that made it 11-9 overall and 5-5 in Great American competition. Southwestern improved to 10-10 and 4-6.
Coach Faubion said, “When you strand 18 runners, you’re just missing opportunities to score and that’s what we did today.
“We get ahead early in the second game and give up three in the bottom of the first. Our kids hit the ball well, but we hit into two ground-ball double-plays that really hurt.
“In the two games, we gave up 11 runs in only three innings (five in the sixth of game one, three each in the first and second of game two) and you can’t do that and win against good teams. Southwestern is much improved and their kids also swung the bats well.
“We had the right people up at the right times, but it just didn’t work for us. We also failed to get people out when we had the opportunities.
“We’ll just keep working as hard as we can and try to get better each day.”
Saturday’s doubleheader was called off because of weather and Southeastern was on the way home after Friday’s play.
The Storm pounded out 18 hits and scored six runs while SW had 19 hits and 13 runs on the day.
Sophomore Keeshia Thompson sparked the Storm with five for seven, three doubles, one run scored and two batted in.
Senior Connor Harmon was three for four with two runs scored, a double, three batted in, two sacrifices and was hit by a pitch.
Freshman Kennedy (Goose) Salyers broke out of a mini-slump by going three for four with a double and two runs scored in game two.
Southwestern 7, LadyStorm 3
Southeastern led 3-1 before the Lady Bulldogs tied it with a run in the bottom of the third. Harmon led off the second with a single to left and moved to second on a wild pitch. Thompson legged out an infield single to the pitcher and Mykaela Wallace singled home the run with a base hit to left field.
Harmon worked a two-out walk in the third, Jordyn James singled through the middle and Thompson doubled into the right-field corner to plate the run.
Emily Cudd blanked Southwestern from the third until the sixth when the hostesses exploded for five runs on five hits and one error.
The big blow for the Dawgs was a two-run single by 9-hole hitter Abigail Schade.
Thompson led the Storm with three for four, two doubles and two runs batted in.
Harmon and Marisa Fleck were one for one each. Harmon scored twice, had a sacrifice, a walk and was hit by a pitch. Fleck walked and had a sac.
James and Cudd were one for three each and Wallace was one for four with one RBI.
Schade came up big for the Dawgs with three for three, a run scored and two batted in from the last spot in the order. Leadoff hitter Tori Hawk was two for three with a run scored and one RBI.
Cudd took the loss to make her record 9-4.
Taya Haney went the distance for SW and evened her record at 3-3.
Southwestern 6, LadyStorm 3
Southeastern scored in the first, second and third, but traded single runs for three in the first and three in the second for Southwestern.
The Dawgs made that stand up to complete the sweep.
Salyers singled and scored in the first, doubled and scored in the third and singled in the seventh.
Thompson scored the Storm’s other run after opening the second with a double, moving to third on an infield single by Wallace and crossing the plate on Fleck’s sacrifice fly to center field.
Ashley Moore started for Southeastern and worked 1.2 innings, giving up five runs on five hits. Salyers came on to face three batters and allowed one run on two hits before Destiny Riddle came in to pitch 3.1 innings and blank the Dawgs on two hits while walking one and striking out two.
Cudd pitched the last inning and allowed only one hit. Moore took the loss and evened her record at 1-1.
Salyers led the offensive charge with three for four, a double and two runs scored.
Harmon and Thompson were two for three each for the Storm. Harmon doubled and drove in two runs. Thompson doubled and scored one run.
Fleck was one for two with a double and one RBI. Wallace was one for three and Riddle one for four.
Paige Bowler was three for four and Abigail Schade two for three to lead Southwestern.
Miranda Grover had a complete game for SW, allowing three runs on 10 hits, walking one, striking out none and running her record to 6-0.