By Andrew Glover
CUSHING, Okla. —
The Pawnee Lady Black Bears’ mistakes led to a 7-0 loss to Cushing Lady Tigers but they recovered for a 10-1 victory over the Pawhuska Lady Huskies.
The first game started well for Pawnee has it retired the first three Cushing batters. Two hits along with two walks and two errors gave the Lady Tigers two runs in the second. A pair of walks in the third led to a five-run inning and a 7-0 lead.
“They were able to hit the ball into some tough places,” coach Chad Tsotigh said. “Our girls in the outfield were close to making plays but the ball fell in front of them. It didn’t help that we weren’t able to get the bats going.”
The second game went much better for the Lady Black Bears as several people made contributions at the plate. Hannah Burkett hit a double and a run-scoring triple and scored. Chrissie Collins hit a double and single. Haley Evans went 2 for 2. Keely Roberts went 2 for 3 with a double. Tori Stevens hit a triple and single. Haley Van Deventer who took the loss in game one, hit two singles in game two.
Tsotigh said his team again did a good job of getting going in the second game but needs his players to start faster.
“We got to start showing up for the first one,” Tsotigh said. “The competition we are playing — Drumright and Cushing — they aren’t slouches. It doesn’t help our goal of winning the game when we are giving them free bases. We are continuing to work on some of that. Hopefully the next time we play them we will make them earn it more.”
The Lady Black Bears (2-2) conclude the tournament today with Depew at 10 a.m., Perkins-Tryon at 11:30 a.m. and Morris at 2 p.m.
Ripley 11 Olive 1
RIPLEY — The Ripley Warriors use a seven-run second inning and stingy defense to rout the Olive Wildcats 11-1.
The Warriors (3-0) allowed one hit, thanks to strong pitching from Dillion Moore and Garrett Gosney. Moore struck out five in three innings while Gosney struck out two in the final two innings. Chandler Salinas provided the offensive spark with three doubles and two runs batted in. Griffin Gosney added a double.
In addition to Friday’s game against Olive, Ripley beat Cimarron 12-6 Thursday in the Dover Festival. Griffin Gosney picked up the win.
“We’ve gotten better all three days,” coach Donnie Hoffman said. “The first three innings Thursday we didn’t play good defense but we did the last three. I’ve used seven different guys on the hill and trying to stretch the pitching out.”
The Warriors play Moss and Leedey at Central Oklahoma University.
“It will be a fun opportunity to play on a college field,” Hoffman said. “You don’t get to do that every day. We are playing two quality teams so it should be a good day.”