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August 9, 2012

Stillwater High softball blasts Putnam City West in season opener

STILLWATER, Okla. — It wasn’t quite the 40-0 beating the Stillwater softball team dished out to Putnam City West last year, but the Lady Pioneers’ bats were certainly sizzling as Stillwater opened the season with a 12-0 victory over the Patriots Thursday at Little Couch Park.

“We’re happy,” Stillwater coach Amber Davis said. “We scored 12 and hit the ball extremely well like we were supposed to and we’re capable of doing. That makes it a lot easier, and I thought Brittney (Lockett) threw a great game.”

Lockett pitched three perfect innings, striking out seven of the nine batters she faced. Only two balls were put in play, neither of which made it out of the infield.

“This was a great way to start off her senior year, with a no-hitter,” Davis said. “It was good for her because it helps boost up her confidence a lot and helps boost up the team’s confidence.

Lockett also had plenty of help from the offense.

Stillwater scored six runs on four hits and three errors in the first inning before taking on four more runs in the bottom of the second.

“We’re pretty proud of ourselves,” Lockett said. “It’s a pretty big goal, and to double it is pretty exciting. We hit pretty well tonight.”

Maty Warlick then ended the game in the bottom of the third with a two-run single as the Lady Pioneers run-ruled the Patriots in just over 45 minutes of play.

“I think having a game like that gives us a lot more rest,” Lockett said. “We have our tournament coming up, so there’s going to be a couple of long days for us. It was just good to get out here and get that first game out of the way.”

Anna Fowler led Stillwater’s offense by going 2 for 2 with two RBIs and a run. Halley Randolph also went 2 for 2 with a triple and two runs.

Stillwater is scheduled to begin play in the Stillwater Festival Friday afternoon. They are scheduled to face Sapulpa at noon before taking on Bartlesville at 1:30 p.m.

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