BLUE – Caddo, Colbert and Silo all remained alive in the Annual Rock Creek Fast Pitch double elimination tournament with solid performances on Friday.
Silo was the big winner, advancing to the tournament winner’s bracket final with a 9-2 triumph over Colbert and even more impressive 10-2 win over defending state champ Tushka.
Colbert rebounded from the Silo loss to stave off elimination with a 5-3 victory against Wister.
Caddo meanwhile suffered a tough 4-3 loss to Ringling early in the day but bounced back to topple a solid Rattan squad, 10-2.
Action continues today as Caddo tangles with powerful Morris at 9 a.m. while Colbert challenges Idabel at the same time.
Silo will wait on elimination games before tangling with either Kingston or Ringling at 11:40 a.m. for a berth in the tournament title tilt.
Caddo 10, Rattan 2
After suffering a disappointing 4-3 loss to Ringling for their first loss of the season earlier in the day, Caddo head coach Dustin McKay was eager to see how his young squad would respond.
The answer was a resounding positive as the Lady Bruins erupted for 10 runs in just four innings to eliminate perennial power Rattan in convincing fashion.
“This was a really good win for our program,” McKay said afterward. “We’ve got a lot of youth that is coming through for us early but there is still a long way to go to be where we want to be. I was really pleased the way we bounced back after a disappointing loss earlier.
“We did a good job of throwing strikes and pitching to contact. Then we got some timely hits at the plate.”
While Caddo was nearly flawless on the defensive side, Rattan was less than stellar as the Lady Bruins capitalized on two errors in the first and two in the second to cash in four of their runs.
Katie Harris and Brooke Crawford provided key hits in a two-run first stanza while Karlee Robison singled and scored on a Kacie Clower sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 in the second.
Harris was again the spark plug in the third with a single along with another by Robison sandwiched around two Lady Ram miscues that extended the lead to five runs.
Rattan battled back with a pair of tallies in the bottom of the frame before Caddo completely put it away during the fourth by sending 10 batters to the plate en route to five runs.
Olivia Weaver and Tanna Hightower got things rolling with singles and each scored on a seeing-eye single off the bat of Kylie Anderson. Robison added her third hit of the game to plate another, Kaylee Watts singled and Clower knocked in the final two of the stanza with a double to left.
That was plenty of cushion for Harris, who cruised to the complete game pitching win, scattering a pair of hits.
The Lady Bruins, now 4-1, face another perennial power in Morris at 9 a.m. this morning for their next tournament in the double elimination bracket.
Silo 9, Colbert 2
The Colbert Lady Leopards have been one of the most surprising teams of the young season despite a difficult schedule, which included a narrow loss to defending state champ Tushka on Tuesday.
For most of the contest in Friday’s winner’s bracket matchup they gave Silo all it wanted in a 2-2 deadlock into the bottom of what proved to be the final inning.
That’s when Silo’s relentless pressure finally took over, forcing a couple of key Colbert errors and the Lady Rebel bats came alive by plating seven runs to put it away.
After seeing a second inning threat go scoreless thanks to a line drive double play in the second, Silo finally managed a pair of runs in the second.
Colbert answered back in the fourth as Kinzee Coker notched the first hit of the game for the Lady Leopards and was immediately followed by a strong blast to left from Taylor Pierce for a two-run homer.
In the fateful fourth, Silo picked up doubles from Alexis Tanguma and Kensea Eppler to score runs as well as a two-run single each by Randi McLarry and Blaklyn Barber.
Barber posted three hits to pace the Lady Rebels while McLarry and Eppler notched two each.
Silo 10, Tushka 2
Silo head coach Mike Lawless is admittedly pretty difficult to please, but he even had to give props to his youth-laden squad as they put on a three-inning offensive barrage against the defending state champs.
If the Lady Rebels can continue to swing the bats like they did Friday night they will be extremely difficult to beat as they pounded 10 hits but also forced uncharacteristic Lady Tiger errors with their speed on the bases as well.
“I’m a pretty hard guy to please but I told the girls that was pretty impressive,” Lawless said afterward. “I think the biggest difference in this year and last year is our balance up and down the lineup. We aren’t striking out and putting a lot of pressure on opponents with our speed and forcing some mistakes.
“We have tremendous depth which is a lot of fun.”
The red-hot Lady Rebels set the offensive tone right from the start as Tanguma opened the game with a double to rightfield and scored one out later on a Tushka error. Danielle Hayden chipped in a run-scoring single ahead of another Lady Tiger miscue and a Barber RBI hit that made it a 4-0 cushion.
Silo had to overcome a little adversity in the bottom of the stanza, yielding a pair of runs after a couple of free passes and two Tushka hits that cut the margin in half.
They were right back on the offensive throttle moments later when Alys Parr reached on an error and Eppler made Tushka pay again with a RBI double off the centerfield wall to make it 5-2.
A monster third inning proved to be the knockout blow as the Lady Rebels batted all the way through the lineup after an opening double by Hayden.
Gracie Lawless, Parr, Tanguma, Ryan Hearndon and Eppler all had singles and Tushka committed two more errors.
Tanguma, Eppler and Hayden each had two hits to spur the Silo offensive charge.
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