Class A’s second-ranked Caddo has been one of the hottest softball teams around over the past month, but know it had a chance to make a major statement in this weekend’s Durant Invitational.
If Friday was any indication the Lady Bruins will be a major contender come state tournament time.
Caddo rallied from an early deficit to surprise the host Lady Lions, 7-3, in a marquee opening matchup in pool play and then easily disposed of 5A Northwest Classen by a 14-1 count to go 2-0 on the day at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex.
Durant bounced back from the first game defeat to rout El Reno, 10-1.
Both teams will return action with two more contests early on Saturday. Durant takes on Valliant at 9:30 a.m. and Tecumseh at 2 p.m. Caddo meanwhile faces Broken Bow’s junior varsity at 12:30 and another 5A club in Guthrie at 2 o’clock.
Caddo 7, Durant 3
The host Lady Lions built an early 3-0 lead but managed only three hits along the way against Caddo’s Kylie Anderson, striking out eight times in the process.
That left the door open for the Lady Bruins, who took full advantage of Durant walks and miscues.
Haley Morgan started the Durant offense with a single in the first stanza, stole second and eventually scored on the back end of a double steal.
Morgan added a two-run homer in the third, scoring Taylor Russell who had walked, to make it 3-0 but Durant managed only one hit the rest of the way on a Shayla Harper single in the fourth frame.
Lady Lion hurler Isie Cox worked out of jams in each of the first three stanzas but wasn’t as fortunate in the fourth with Caddo scoring three times thanks largely to three DHS errors and two walks. Olivia Weaver had a single and Tanna Hightower chipped in a double.
Caddo threatened again in the fifth, loading the bases after a pair of walks and single by Kennedy Morgan before Karlee Robinson was called out on a close play at the plate to end the frame.
Durant wasn’t as fortunate in the seventh as Caddo worked a pair of walks ahead of a Bailey Bradley RBI single, Lady Lion error and Kacie Clower single that pushed the advantage to 7-3.
The Lady Lions then went down in order in the bottom of the frame as Anderson set down the final six batters in order.
“I thought it was a great win for us against a very good team,” Caddo head coach Dustin McKay commented. “We settled in and competed very well after a rough first inning defensively to allow an unearned run. Kylie Anderson settled in and kept us in the ballgame from the circle.
“We had some really key hits in late innings from Tanna Hightower, Bailey Bradley, Kennedy Morgan and Kacie Clower. I’m just very proud of our total team effort. We are hoping to stay consistent and play to the best of our ability day in and day out. We still have room for improvement though.”
Caddo 14, Northwest Classen 1
The Lady Bruins took advantage of a plethora of walks to cruise by the Lady Knights in run-rule fashion while improving to 22-5 on the season.
Weaver and Hightower both posted two hits to lead the way for Caddo.
Kaylee Watts went the distance in the pitching circle for the victory.
Durant 10, El Reno 1
Sophomore Karlie Westmoreland allowed one unearned run and three hits as the Lady Lions bounced back with an impressive run rule triumph.
Durant got rolling with a run early ignited by Morgan, who singled, stole second and later scored.
The hosts erupted for four runs in the second as Rachel Lamb started the uprising with a single. Russell walked with two out and both scored on Alissa French’s double. Morgan and Cox also chipped in run-scoring singles.
A five-run third frame put it away for the Lady Lions as the bottom of the order proved to be the catalysts again.
Lamb worked a walk before a Jaci Phillips single. Russell knocked in two runs with a double to center and French picked up another RBI with a single. Morgan’s drove in one with her third hit of the game and Tristyn Hamilton finished off the scoring with a double.
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