Shelbi Redfearn had been disappointed in her bat of late.

The sophomore left fielder for No. 7 Stillwater High didn’t appear to have any reason to complain during the Lady Pioneers’ sweep of No. 16 Sand Springs on Tuesday at Little Couch Park.

During a 4-1 victory in the first game, Redfearn was 1-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. She also reached by error.

During an 8-0 nightcap win that took only six innings, she went 2-for-3 with a double, a sacrifice fly and five RBIs. Her last at-bat drove in the game-ending run for SHS (13-2).

“She struggled throughout the weekend, but she can hit the ball well when she keeps her head in it, calms down and has some confidence,” said SHS coach Angela Knott. “She plays extremely well.”

“I’d just like to be perfect, but no one’s perfect,” added Redfearn, who brought a .361 batting average and .762 slugging percentage into the day. “I’ve been working on my hitting, so I just have to show (opponents) what I can do so they know not to pitch around (cleanup hitter Katie Norris).”

Redfearn was batting fifth on Tuesday, protecting Norris, who brought a .514 average and .819 slugging percentage into the doubleheader.

It was Norris’ 17th birthday on Tuesday, and she celebrated by going 3-for-7 with three runs scored. The senior catcher also picked off two batters on the basepaths.

“I’d hope for her to be more aggressive as the season goes on,” Knott said. “I think that will come as she gets more comfortable with the people at the corners.”

Joining Norris with multiple hits in the second game were senior Sarah Elliott and junior Kayla Bunney. Bunney is a part-time starter who said she tends to be feast or famine at the plate.

“I really was thinking about it too much, so I was really happy that I came out and hit the ball for my team,” she said.

Senior Brittany Geter added a double in the contest and also improved to 7-1 in the circle. She recorded eight strikeouts while allowing three hits and two walks.

In the first game, Stillwater recorded five hits, including a two-RBI double by freshman Rachel Harper. She was 2-for-3 in the contest.

Elliott improved to 5-1 in the circle, striking out five with six hits and two walks.

By sweeping Sand Springs (8-6), SHS improved to 4-0 during the first season of the Centennial Conference.

As there are six teams in the league, the Lady Pioneers are slated to play just six more games against conference foes.

“We hope to win all of our conference games,” Redfearn said. “It’d be a good thing to do.”

Stillwater travels to No. 5 Owasso on Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. contest. The Lady Rams are not Centennial foes. The next conference game for SHS will be on Tuesday, when Stillwater visits No. 4 Enid. The Pacers join No. 8 Edmond Santa Fe as the only two teams that have beaten the Lady Pioneers so far. Because Enid’s win over SHS came in the finals of the gold bracket of the Broken Arrow Tournament, it does not count as a conference game.



Stillwater 4, Sand Springs 1

SSHS 001 000 0—1 6 1

Stw 020 101 x—4 5 0

Withrow and Cartwright. Elliott and Norris. W-Elliott (5-1). L-Withrow. 3B-(Stw) Redfearn. 2B-(Stw) Harper.



Stillwater 8, Sand Springs 0 (6 innings)

SSHS 000 000—0 3 0

Stw 520 001—8 11 0

Hardy and Cartwright. Geter and Norris. W-Geter (7-1). L-Hardy. 2B-(Stw) Geter, Redfearn.

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