Peaking just in time for the postseason is the goal of just about every coach and Lady Lion first-year skipper Cody Little feels like his club is doing just that, especially at the plate.
Durant showed off its power on Tuesday evening with a convincing 8-3 Senior Night victory over perennial power Broken Bow at the DHS diamond while improving their record to 26-7 on the season.
The Lady Lions smashed three home runs and also took advantage of their aggressive base running to keep the Lady Savages on their heels. Fittingly, it was two seniors that celebrated their final regular season home contest with long balls as Hannah Hime belted a pair and Shayla Harper added another.
“We’re swinging it really well right now and I feel like we’re getting hot at just the right time,” Little commented afterward. “The last week or two we’ve stuck with the mindset that the score is always 0-0 so we never get too high or too low.
“I feel like you can’t play scared or timid so we want to constantly be in attack-mode, whether that’s at the plate, in the field or in the pitching circle. If we can do that can keep the pressure on people we feel like we can have success.”
Although they managed the victory, it wasn’t the greatest start for the Lady Lions on Tuesday as two DHS errors within the first three batters of the game helped spot Broken Bow a quick 2-0 advantage.
It stayed that way until the second stanza when Harper and Hime led off with back-to-back home runs to even the score at 2.
Broken Bow broke the deadlock with an unearned tally in the fifth, cashing in Durant’s third error of the contest.
“We really hurt ourselves more than they did today,” Little added. “We’ve got to do a better job in that area.”
Durant responded with a pair of runs to take the lead for good, capitalizing on its speed and aggressive base running.
Taylor Russell beat out an impressive double with a great slide at second with one out before moving to third on a Haley Morgan single. A wild pitch scored Russell and Morgan alertly raced home moments later when the return throw from the catch got by the Broken Bow pitcher.
The Lady Lions carried that narrow 4-3 advantage into the sixth when Hime went deep for the second time in the contest to start the frame and ignite a four-run outburst.
Following two walks, pinch hitter Hannah Kaler beat out a RBI single before another run-scoring hit from Morgan and RBI groundout by Isie Cox.
The Lady Savages managed one hit in the seventh but a nice double play ended any chance of a comeback.
Cox went the distance in the pitching circle, yielding just two hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
Hime and Morgan tallied two hits apiece for Durant with Harper, Russell, Morgan, Tristyn Hamilton and Kaler contributing one each.
Durant is slated to close the regular season against Class 6A Jenks in festival action Saturday at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond. The Lady Lions will host the 5A regional tournament beginning next Wednesday.
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