By Andrew Glover
COYLE, Okla. —
With Glencoe’s pitcher Taylor Cavett and Morrison’s pitcher Josh Hite locked in a pitcher’s duel, the game was going to come down to which team made the most of their at-bats. Wildcat errors helped the Panthers pull out a 5-1 victory in the semifinals of the Coyle Tournament.
“Taylor threw well,” Glencoe coach Tony Cazzelle said. “He pitched a complete game. He had one (last week) against Pioneer. This is his second complete game.”
The Panthers stole five bases, including third twice. Both pitchers only allowed two hits but Glencoe took advantage of six wild pitches and four fielding errors. Hite also hit four batters and walked two others. Morrison coach Tim Hatter said his team gave Glencoe too many opportunities and didn’t take advantage of their own.
“We gave some runs early,” Hatter said. “We didn’t take care of our opportunities when we had runners in scoring position. It should have been a 2-1 game.”
Hite struck out eight. Hatter said his pitcher did well against a solid lineup.
“He kept them off balance and that’s what he has done all year long,” Hatter said.
Cazzelle said the fact that Hite is left-handed gave his hitters some problems.
“We’ve seen four or five (left-handers),” Cazzelle said. “We kind of struggled. We had some good running on the bases and played good defense.”
Glencoe (15-6) took the lead in the second inning as Sean Smith hit a double to center, scoring Hunter Hall, who reached after being hit. The only other hit for the Panthers was a single by Cavett in the first inning.
Morrison (9-12) responded the next inning as Jonathan Kisler reached on a leadoff walk. Two balks by Cavett advanced Kisler to third. With two outs in the inning, senior Kyle Collins hit a single to center to tie the game. The next two innings the Wildcats only had one runner reach base. Cavett walked three and hit one batter but struck out seven.
“When you don’t make errors and Taylor didn’t really walk people, you give yourself a chance,” Cazzelle said.
The Panthers retook the lead in the third. Melton led off by being hit. A stolen base and a wild pitch advanced him to third. Kisler threw the ball past the Wildcats’ first baseman Ty Stout, allowing Melton to score. An errant throw advanced Jake Lazenby to third. In the fourth inning, Glencoe’s Smith struck out but the ball sailed past the catcher, allowing Smith to reach base. An error by shortstop Brandon Mills allowed Smith to score. Glencoe padded its lead in the sixth inning, scoring on a ground out and sacrifice fly.
Glencoe advanced to the championship and played top-seed Union City. Results of the game were unknown as of press time. The Panthers threw their ace Melton.
Morrison beat Coyle 12-1 for third place. The Bluejackets won their opening game Friday 16-5 over John Marshall. Union City defeated Coyle 10-0 in the semifinals.
Agra (3-10) won its first consolation game 6-3 over John Marshall but lost to Destiny Christian 8-1 in the consolation championship.
Glencoe softball wins Coyle Tournament in decisive game
COYLE — The Lady Panthers had no time to dwell on a 7-3 loss in the first game of the championship against Oklahoma Christian Academy. Glencoe rebounded with a 4-0 victory to clinch the Coyle Tournament championship.
“We started off getting some hits,” coach Tabitha Wright said. “We weren’t hitting well the first the game. Defensively we just had to shut them out every inning.”
Wright said their defense was key in the second game.
“We had some big defensive plays when we needed them,” Wright said. “We had a couple of diving catches. The first baseman (Macy Dickens) stretched out and saved some plays.”
The tournament title was the second for Glencoe this school year. In the fall they won the Glencoe Tournament during the fast-pitch season. Wright said it was a big accomplishment.
“It’s good to continue some of that momentum,” Wright said.
In the first game of the championship, Glencoe fell behind early. The first four Lady Eagles reached base. A single by Carly Watson put OCA in front 2-0. A throwing error by Glencoe’s catcher Kylena Moore added another run.
The Lady Panthers rallied in the fifth. Lyndsie Cook led off with a double and Summer Jefferies followed by reaching on an error by OCA’s right fielder. Jenny Baker drove home Glencoe’s first run with a sacrifice fly to the left-center fielder. Robin Porter drove in another with a single. The next inning, Bri Martin cut the Lady Eagles’ lead to one with a RBI single that scored Jessica Hutchinson.
In the bottom half, OCA’s first six batters reached and scored three runs to put the game out of reach. Wright said the Lady Eagles deserved a lot of credit.
“They played three games in a row and gave a great show to their fans too,” Wright said. “They hit the ball well.”
The coach said the tournament win gives them momentum for the last two weeks of the regular season.
“We got a festival next weekend and district in a couple of weeks,” Wright said. “It’s good to get back on top a little bit.”
The Ripley Lady Warriors finished third. After winning two of three games on Friday, the Lady Warriors beat Destiny Christian 7-6 before falling to Oklahoma Christian 8-4 on Saturday.
“I’m proud of how they finish and work,” Ripley coach Jill Henderson said. “They are a good group of girls. They never give up and quit on me. We wanted to win first but I’m glad we are going home with some hardware today.”