Early season softball tournaments hosted by Rock Creek and Calera got off to roaring starts on Thursday afternoon despite ominous weather forecasts for the weekend.
At Blue, Silo rolled to a 14-1 opening win over Hugo in the Rock Creek tournament while Colbert utilized late inning dramatics in a 7-4 triumph over Antlers. The host Lady Mustangs later dropped a 5-0 first round decision to Kingston.
Meanwhile at Calera, the host Lady Bulldogs closed the tournament opening round in an All-Bryan County matchup Thursday night, toppling Bennington by a 10-0 count.
Action is slated to continue today and Saturday at both locales, weather permitting.
Silo 14, Hugo 1
Outside of a little bit of a slow start, Silo head coach Mike Lawless had plenty to be pleased about as the Lady Rebels rolled to the opening round victory to improve to 3-0 on the young season.
Silo’s youth-laden lineup continued to progress while senior leaders showed their prowess with key hits in the order.
Kensea Eppler’s solo home run in the first inning staked the Lady Rebels to a quick 1-0 lead but that advantage was erased by the Lady Buffs, who put together a couple of hits in the top of the second to tie it up.
A pair of Hugo errors helped ignite the Lady Rebels in the bottom of the frame with Alys Parr’s opposite field RBI single putting Silo ahead for good. Alexis Tanguma followed with a two-run single and Ryan Hearndon also plated a run before a double steal made it 6-1.
Blaklyn Barber came on to hold the Lady Buffs scoreless on one hit in the third before Silo completely put it on ice with an eight-run uprising.
Barber was the spark plug, beating out a one out bunt single before stealing second and scoring on Danielle Hayden’s double over the head of the Hugo leftfielder. Gracie Lawless and Parr added singles and Tanguma drove in two with another hit.
That just opened the floodgates with Eppler and Barber each contributing two-run singles before the frame was over.
“We were out in front of everything early and our timing was off,” Silo head coach Mike Lawless said. “Alys gave us a nice spark. We’ve turned her around to the left side of the plate this year because she runs so well and she has already had several big hits for us this season.
“We are still trying to find the right combinations with all the newcomers we have. We’re really blessed to have three pitchers that can all throw and spin it pretty well.”
Colbert 7, Antlers 4
Trailing 3-2 heading to the final inning, the Colbert bats came alive with five runs as the Lady Leopards batted through the order to take the lead for good.
Brady Rowland was the catalyst with her second home run of the game in the seventh.
Presely Swindell went the distance in the pitching circle to get the win for Colbert and move them on in the tournament winner’s bracket.
They are slated to meet Silo today at 5 p.m. in the second round of bracket play.
Calera 10, Bennington 0
Calera pounded five extra base hits in just three innings on the way to a run rule rout of Bennington in the opener while improving to 2-0 on the season.
That was more than enough run support for Kristen Scott, who fired a one-hit shutout in the pitching circle thanks to sensational defense behind her.
The host Lady Bulldogs wasted no time in taking control with a six-run first inning.
Logan Mullens smashed a leadoff triple to begin the extra-base barrage before scoring on Bailey Roland’s bunt single. Calera also got a two-run triple from Scott while capitalizing on three Lady Bear errors and two free passes.
Calera tacked on another run in the second with back-to-back one-out doubles from Roland and Chloe Hodge.
The Lady Bulldogs put it on ice in the third by stringing together four hits for three more runs. Maddi Virgin used her speed to beat out a single and then stole second and third ahead of Mullens’ RBI single.
Two batters later Hodge smoked a two-run double to the outfield fence before a final hit from Dally Halbrooks.
Mullens, Roland and Hodge all ended with two hits for Calera, which is slated to face Atoka in the tournament winner’s bracket at 2 p.m. today.
Miley Campbell posted a double for the lone hit for Bennington, scheduled to face the Calera JV at 11 a.m. today.
“We’re playing pretty well for this early in the season,” Calera head coach Randy Ellevold stated. “When we play solid defense like tonight and don’t make errors we have a chance to be pretty good. We swung the bats really well tonight as well.”
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