By Andrew Glover
MORRISON, Okla. —
So far this season, teams haven’t found an answer to hit Morrison’s pitcher Jacey Bales. Tuesday in the second round of the Glencoe Tournament, it wasn’t any different. Carney only mustered three hits in a 5-0 loss to the Lady Wildcats.
“I appreciate the effort with Jacey throwing,” Morrison coach Tim Hatter said. “She threw a good game. The people behind her didn’t have any errors. (Bales) didn’t put too many people on base with walks.”
Bales (4-2) scattered three singles while striking out six — four of them looking. The junior pitcher said she mixed up her pitches to keep Carney off balance.
“It’s always good,” Bales said. “My change-up (was good) but my drop ball is what fooled some people.”
Besides struggling to hit the ball, the Carney Lady Bulldogs struggled defensively especially with communication. Morrison hit a few balls that fell right at the feet of a Carney fielder. The Lady Bulldogs committed three errors and one of them led directly to a Lady Wildcats’ run.
“(Our communication) was horrible,” Carney coach Lindsey Freeman said. “It’s impossible to win when you can’t figure it out and talk and make plays.”
Morrison (4-2) scored every inning and didn’t bat in the bottom of the fourth because the hour time limit expired. Hatter said he was proud of some hitters that came through in the clutch.
“We hit with two outs today,” Hatter said. “We hit with runners in scoring position and it turned out good for us.”
Senior catcher Kalie Vernon got the scoring started for the Lady Wildcats as she tripled on a line drive that went past the center fielder’s glove to the center field wall with two outs. Karleigh Clinkenbeard courtesy ran and scored on Taylor Williams’ single.
In the second, the Lady Wildcats took advantage of Lady Bulldog miscues and put the game away. Jamie Lovely reached when Carney’s second baseman Dalyla Myron’s throw to first was too low. A wild pitch advanced Lovely to second. On a stolen base attempt to third, Carney catcher Andy Bailey threw the ball away into left field allowing Lovely to score. Two more errors by the Lady Bulldogs led to two more runs for the Lady Wildcats.
Shelby Hover (5-1) who started the season strong, struggled Tuesday as she was pitching behind most of the Lady Wildcat hitters.
“Our girl didn’t throw as well as she has been,” Freeman said.
The Lady Bulldogs (5-1) opened the tournament with a 13-4 victory over Shidler. Freeman said his team started slow but finally got going.
“They scored the first four runs, I didn’t think we would ever score,” Freeman said. “Their pitcher wasn’t very good. We finally figured out to wait on it and made some cuts and got people on base.”
Carney topped Olive 10-8 and beat Cashion 3-1 to stay alive. They will play 9 a.m. Saturday against the loser of Kremlin and Covington-Douglas.
Morrison dropped its second game of the tournament, sustaining a 4-3 loss to Liberty.
The Lady Wildcats will face Glencoe at 10:15 a.m. Saturday.
Glencoe drops opener
GLENCOE — Hosting their own tournament, the Glencoe Lady Panthers didn’t get off to the start they wanted as they lost their opening game to Covington-Douglas 8-5, but rebounded with an 11-2 victory against Prue and an 11-0 victory against Coyle.
“I’m glad we got those two wins,” coach Tabitha Wright said. “We didn’t want to be shutout in our own tournament on the first day. We’ve put more pressure on ourselves. The girls are working hard and we are anticipating a good run on Saturday.”
Alicia Place pitched all three games and moved her record to 3-2. Wright said she was pleased with how Place performed.
The Lady Panthers (3-2) face Morrison at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in Glencoe.
Mulhall-Orlando splits double-header
MULHALL — The Lady Panthers beat Crossings Christian 8-4 but lost to Medford 1-0 Thursday.
Coach Melanie Day said her team jumped out to an early lead, taking advantage of walks. Day added her team was aggressive on the bases.
“We had a lot of steals and even stole home,” Day said.
Coach said Aubrie Harbour and Kallie Jerome stole home twice. Rhett Boyd, Sarah Cannister, Madison Phillips and Day each had one steal of home.
Despite losing the second game, Coach Day was proud of the defense for committing no errors.
Other area scores
Perry 4, Pawnee 3
PERRY — The Lady Maroons struck early but had to hold off a late rally by the Lady Black Bears in a 4-3 victory Thursday.
Tabitha Diaz hit a three-run home run and Chianne Taylor hit a solo shot. Five errors helped the Lady Black Bears get back in the game.
Perry played Ponca City later Thursday night and was to continue play at Millwood at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Pawnee played Woodward Thursday night and was to play Blanchard at 11:30 a.m. Friday.
Heavener 5, Cushing 4
OKTAHA — Cushing is undefeated no longer after falling to the Heavener 5-4 during pool play of the Oktaha Tournament Thursday.
Josie Hood took the loss for the Lady Tigers. Mikaela Weaver led the Lady Tigers’ offensive attack with two hits. Hannah Bailey, Mariah Treat and Kayley Walters also got hits.
Earlier Thursday, the Lady Tigers blanked Porter 9-0. Mindy Compton picked up the win.
Cushing (10-1) starts bracket play Saturday with Vian.