By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
When you don’t have much experience, sometimes you have to go through growing pains. That’s exactly what the Stillwater Lady Pioneers are working through after a 14-3 loss to the Westmoore Lady Jaguars at Lady Pioneer Stadium at Couch Park Tuesday.
“We had some lackadaisical errors,” Stillwater coach Amber Davis said. “When your infield is freshmen and sophomores that’s going to happen.”
Westmoore recorded 19 hits with two on bunts and one infield single. Stillwater also allowed the Lady Jaguars to reach on a fielder’s choice in which an out wasn’t recorded and two errors also let Westmoore reach base. Destinie Lookout reached on the fielder’s choice to score Rachel Toft. Mason Andrews bunted to the SHS’ pitcher Taylor Lane who tried to get the out at home but Halley Randolph’s tag just missed Sydnee Ramsey allowing Westmoore to score its second run of the game. The Lady Jaguars jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
“It’s just lack of experience,” Davis said. “I’m not worried about anything we will bounce back.”
The Lady Pioneers (4-6, 2-4) did respond as Cailin Fluty and Emily Madison reached on base hits. With two outs, Saige Fluty doubled and scored Cailin Fluty. Mackenzie Stokes walked to load the bases but the threat ended when Laikyn Anderson struck out.
The Lady Jaguars (13-3, 6-1) struck again in the third as their first three batters reached to load the bases. Lucas and Bailey Whitmore each knocked in a run with singles after Stillwater was able to pick off the lead runner in a rundown between third and home. Strickland hit a slow roller to the mound which scored Lucas.
Halley Randolph cut Westmoore’s lead as she blasted a ball over the left field wall for a solo home run. Randolph said she just received a good pitch.
“The first time she threw me that pitch, I wasn’t ready for it,” Randolph said. “The second time she threw it, I was ready and took it where it was supposed to go.”
The Lady Pioneers weren’t able to get any closer as Westmoore scored at least one run in the last four innings — including two in the fourth and four in the top of the seventh. Randolph said they are still learning but is hopeful they will improve.
“(The younger players) have some maturing to do,” Randolph said. “But they will be better.”
Taylor Lane took the loss for Stillwater and pitched the whole game. Out of Westmoore’s 14 runs only eight were earned. She walked three and struck out none while hitting one batter and throwing two wild pitches. Larie Amos picked up with the win, only allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits, walked three and struck out six.
Saige Fluty led the Lady Pioneers at the plate with two hits including a double and an RBI. Whitmore led the Lady Jaguars as she went 3 for 4 and 4 RBI.
The Lady Pioneers host Sapulpa, who they beat 5-4 last month. Davis said it will be a big game.
“We’ve already beat them once,” Davis said. “They will be ready to play but so will we.”