By Andrew Glover
CUSHING, Okla. —
Thursday at the Cushing Tournament was the best of times and worst of times for the Pawnee Lady Black Bears as they fell to Drumright 7-0 and beat Agra 13-0.
Drumright put the game away early with three runs in the first and added four in the second. Pawnee coach Chad Tsotigh said his team made a few mistakes defensively.
"We had a play at first we didn't get and allowed runners to advance," Tsotigh said. "One thing lead to another and we were behind 3-0. I have to give them credit, their pitcher threw well and made it difficult for us to get hits."
Chrissie Collins took the loss. Though Pawnee didn't score it got a pair of hits from Hannah Burkett.
In their second game, the Lady Black Bears jumped out to the lead as Burkett led off with an inside-the-park home run. Pawnee scored three in the first followed by seven in the second and three in the third to secure a run-rule. Burkett went 3 for 3 and also earned the win, only giving up two hits. Tsotigh said they hit the ball well against a strong pitcher in Agra's Amber Austin.
"(Austin) was throwing well," Tsotigh said. "Our girls were confident. Tori Stevens and Haley Van Deventer made solid contact. In the third I was able to put in some pinch hitters."
Pawnee (1-1) continues play with Cushing at 6 p.m. and Pawhuska at 7:30 p.m.
Agra (0-2) opened the tournament with an 8-2 loss to Cushing. The Lady Tigers (3-0) finished the first day with an 11-1 victory over Perkins-Tryon. Agra plays Pawhuska at 6 p.m. and Depew at 7:30 p.m. Cushing finishes Friday with Morris at 7:30 p.m.
Coyle 12, Mulhall-Orlando 8
COYLE — Playing on their home field for the first during fast-pitch season, the Coyle Lady Bluejackets got off on the right foot with a 12-8 victory over the visiting Mulhall-Orlando Lady Panthers.
It was a back-and-forth game early. The Lady Bluejackets (1-1) took a 2-0 lead in the first with Mulhall-Orlando (0-1) tying it in the second. The Lady Panthers followed with three runs in the third but the Lady Bluejackets rallied with four runs to take a 6-5 lead.
Mulhall-Orlando retook the lead in the fourth with three runs but Coyle exploded in the bottom half with six to put the game away. The Lady Bluejackets were also the beneficiaries of six Lady Panther errors. Caitlin Carnell was the leading hitter for Coyle with three hits and three runs scored. Shelby Jennings (1-0) earned the victory.
Coach Jennifer Vasquez said she was pleased with how her team hit the ball after they went hitless Tuesday in Morrison.
“It was really nice,” Vasquez said. “They didn’t have jitters and they were ready to get out there.”
Mulhall-Orlando coach Melanie Day said her team did well but just wore out in the last inning.
“It was our first game. My pitcher hadn’t pitched all summer and my catcher hasn’t caught,” Day said. “We just got tired. I’m really proud of them and hope they improve.”
Rya Bay took the loss. Leading the Lady Panthers in hitting was Kellie Jerome. Day said she had a solid day at the plate.
“She hit two balls in the field and scored a couple of runs,” Day said.
The Lady Bluejackets don’t play again until Aug. 22 when they start play in the Glencoe Tournament. The Lady Panthers host Oklahoma Christian Academy at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Glencoe 18, Mill Creek 0
VARNUM — The Glencoe Panthers strolled to an easy 18-0 victory over Mill Creek in their first game of the Varnum Tournament Thursday.
“It was terrible, it was a walk-fest,” Glencoe coach Tony Cazzelle said. “They walked 15 batters.”
When Glencoe (2-0) did get a pitch to hit, it took advantage as Claytin Beaver hit a two-run home run and Jake Lazenby hit a double. J.K. Hadlock (1-0) started and earned his first win of the season, pitching three innings and struck out five. Lazenby closed the game striking out two in the last inning.
The Panthers face the winner of Union City and Preston in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday.
“Union City had only nine players, so I don’t know how good they are,” Cazzelle said. “Preston is really young.”