BENNINGTON – The Lady Bears dismantled Achille 12-0 in three innings on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles are the latest victims of the seventh-ranked softball team among Class B schools.
A recent 7-4 win over top 20 Eagletown is helping to solidify Coach Matt Ward’s Lady Bears as a serious contender for the upcoming fall playoffs. The only team in southeast Oklahoma to rival Bennington’s standing is top-ranked Red Oak – but the two schools have identical season records of 17-3.
“We’re throwing a lot of strikes, and not making many errors in the field,” Ward said. “Most games, we hit the ball pretty well.”
Tuesday was no exception. While the Lady Bears got a fair amount of charity from Achille in the form of dropped fly balls and fielding miscues, Bennington did put the bats to work.
Kayle Malone and Tristen Allen were 2-for-2, and Allen had two RBIs and two stolen bases. Marynna mays had a double; Ciara Parker had an RBI single and stole a base; Anna Folsom scored twice and had an RBI; Taylor Dancer had an RBI sac fly and stole a base; and Harley Minyard had two RBIs.
The bench also pitched in, as Crystal Tate and Hayleh Lowery came in and hit singles. Courtesy runner Kristen Hall had a stolen base and scored a run.
Callie Clark was winning pitcher for Bennington, while Kayla Wright took the loss for Achille. The Lady Eagles got base hits from Wright, Kayla Loven and Maggie Back. Loven and Back also had a stolen base each.