Although the competition wasn’t near what they will see in coming days, the Durant Lady Lion softball team made a solid statement in the season opener Thursday afternoon in Tulsa with a doubleheader district sweep of Tulsa Memorial.
Durant cruised to a 15-0 win in the opener and then claimed the second game 14-0 while pounding out a total of 32 hits in the two contests.
Sophomores Isie Cox and Karlie Westmoreland combined on a pitching one-hitter in each contest as they virtually blanked the Lady Charger bats throughout the 10 innings the two teams played.
Now 2-0 on the season, the Lady Lions will get a much tougher test in the rugged Broken Arrow Tournament that starts today. They will face Berryhill at 1:30, Sapulpa at 3 and Westmoore at 6:30.
In Thursday’s opening contest, Cox tossed the first three stanzas, yielding just the one single while striking out seven and walking one as Westmoreland finished up by striking out a pair in her two innings in the circle.
Durant got off to a quick start offensively, pushing across five runs in the first inning on just three hits. The biggest blow was a solo home run off the bat of Jaci Phillips. Cox aided her own cause with a run-scoring single and Shayla Harper also had a hit which drove in a pair.
The Lady Lions erupted for seven more tallies in the second frame fueled by a pair of triples from Allissa French. Tristyn Hamilton contributed a two-run inside-the-park home run while Cox and Haley Morgan also posted two hits each in the frame.
Harper singled and came around to score after another hit by Rachel Lamb in the third to make it 13-0 and the Lady Lions put the finishing touches on with two tallies in the fourth as Morgan and Harper notched hits.
Overall, Durant tallied 17 hits in the game as Morgan, Cox, Harper and Phillips all notched three apiece. Lamb and French totaled two apiece.
Game two was much the same story, verse two, as Cox struck out Memorial in order in the top of the first to set the tone. Durant then plated three runs in quick fashion to take control again.
Morgan opened with a bunt single before stealing second and third and scored on a Cox double. Hamilton drove in another run with a triple and came in on a Lady Charger miscue for a 3-0 edge after one.
The Lady Lions sent 13 batters to the plate in the second inning, the first six of which all reached via hits. Hannah Kaler, Taylor Russell, Morgan, Cox and Harper each had a single while Hamilton put a charge into another for her second triple of the game, plating two runs.
Phillips belted another home run, this time pushing across three runs before Morgan capped the nine-run explosion with a RBI double.
Durant continued the parade with two more runs in the third as Hamilton sparked things with a double before run-scoring hits from Lamb and Ravyn Polk. Jailyn Ford and Westmoreland also contributed singles an inning later.
Cox worked two innings in the pitching circle, striking out four. Westmoreland then allowed one hit and fanned four over the final three stanzas.
The Lady Lions were spurred by three hits each from Morgan and Hamilton. Cox and Kaler tallied two each with Westmoreland, Ford, Polk, Lamb, Harper, Phillips and Russell adding one apiece.
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