WASHINGTON — After starting the day in similar fashion, Konawa and Latta took completely different routes to their showdown this morning (weather permitting) in the first loser’s bracket semifinal at the Washington Lady Warrior Invitational.
Jennifer Matthews’ Lady Tigers (No. 2 in Class 4) squeaked past Arapaho (No. 8 in 2A), 5-4, in their tournament opener, while Latta (No. 6 in 4A) opened the day with a 2-1 victory over 6A No. 20 Elk City. From there, though, their paths diverged.
Konawa snapped out of a recent scoring slump with an impressive 11-3 victory over a Leedey team (ranked No. 3 in Class A) that had opened the day with a victory over 5A No. 9 Blanchard and followed the loss to Konawa with a 17-2 loser’s bracket thumping of Lindsay (No. 17 in 5A). But the Lady Tigers ended the day with a mistake-filled 10-6 loss to unbeaten (13-0) Purcell (No. 2 in 5A) to drop into the loser’s bracket.
Jim Foster’s Lady Panthers, meanwhile, were manhandled, 10-1, by host Washington, in their second game of the day but bounced back to edge Blanchard, 2-1, and run-rule a Valliant team (No. 3 in 5A) 9-0 that had beaten them, 4-2, on a controversial call at the Hall of Fame Classic in Oklahoma City six days earlier.
“We played like we’re capable of — that was the important thing tonight,” Foster said. “We played good defense, and we hit the ball against some good teams. Those were two good wins. We got to avenge one loss from last weekend, and we did it in a good fashion.”
The loss by Konawa to Purcell and the two late victories by Latta set up an elimination game between the old rivals — who entered the second day of the tournament as two of just six surivors from the original field of 14 — at 10 a.m. this morning. Washington and Leedey were due to meet in the second loser’s bracket semifinal, with the winners scheduled to square off at 1 p.m. for the right to meet either Purcell or Mangum, who are scheduled to play in the winner’s bracket championship game at 12 noon.
The winner of the loser’s bracket final will square off with the loser of the Purcell-Mangum contest, with the winner advancing to meet the Purcell-Mangum winner for the championship at 3 p.m.. An “if-necessary” game could follow.
If rain interrupts today’s schedule, games could either be moved back to later in the day (depending on the condition of the fields), or the tournament’s entire second day could simply be postponed until Saturday.
The other two area teams in the tournament field, Byng and Roff, both went two-and-out Thursday. The Lady Pirates dropped a 10-6 decision to Merritt in the morning and were eliminated, 12-0, by Valliant in their second game, while Roff (7-6 and ranked No. 3 in Class 2A) lost to Valliant, 7-4, before dropping a 9-4 decision to Lindsay later in the day. Recaps of those four contests will appear in Sunday’s edition of The Ada Evening News.
Purcell 10, Konawa 6
Konawa (14-4) committed three errors — the last two fueling the Lady Dragons’ three-run, sixth-inning rally — and didn’t get a hit off Purcell hurler Carly Chambers until Sara Reeves singled with nobody out in the fourth.
By the time Sydney Stoup doubled home Melanie Gladden (who had walked to open the fourth) and Reeves with the first two Konawa runs of the game, Purcell had built a 6-0 lead. The Lady Dragons added another run in the fifth on Mandy Berry’s two-out RBI triple to make it 7-2 before tacking on three more in the top of the sixth. Konawa errors kept the inning alive, and Katie Spencer capped the rally with a two-run single to put Purcell up 10-2 heading to the bottom of the inning.
“Our outfield play was very subpar,” Matthews said after seeing her team’s four-game winning streak snapped.
The Lady Tigers strung together four straight hits — a double by Melanie Gladden, an RBI single by Reeves, an RBI double by Stoup and a single by Courtney Capps — to open the sixth, and Ciara Kuestersteffen’s RBI fielder’s-choice grounder plated the third run in the inning and pulled Konawa to within 10-6. Christina Gladden followed with her second hit of the game — a sharp single to left-center — before Chambers stopped the bleeding.
Leadoff hitter Megan Webb had three hits to pace a 14-hit Purcell attack and scored runs in the first (ahead of a two-run homer by Logan Huey), third (on a double by Spencer) and sixth innings (on Spencer’s second hit of the game). Huey, Spencer, Berry and Chelsea Akers all had two hits apiece and combined for seven RBIs in the win.
Stoup was 2-for-2 with a walk and drove in three runs, and Reeves and Christina Gladden added two hits apiece for the Lady Tigers, who managed just eight hits off Chambers.
homer, a run scored and six runs batted in for Sulphur. LaTisha Smith was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, while Taylor Edgar was 2-for-2 with a run scored for the Lady Bulldogs.
Abbie Painter (8-5) suffered the loss for the Lady Hornets, who got a 2-for-2 outing from Ashley Self with an RBI.
Coalgate 12, Kiowa 4
Trailing 4-0 in the second inning, the Lady Wildcats (3-7) erupted for a pair of back-to-back, six-run innings to put the game away.
The six-run second inning was keyed by a three-run triple by Jessica Luellen to help put Coalgate ahead 6-4, while the six-run third inning was aided by back-to-back RBI doubles by Miranda Hix and Haley Williams and a three-run triple by Kaci Trentham. After Jade Wade followed with a walk, the game was stopped due to the one-hour time limit.
“We’re starting to be a little more patient at the plate,” said Coalgate coach Tara Satterfield, whose team is playing slow-pitch softball for the first time. “They’re just now starting to figure out discipline in slow-pitch — it’s different than fast-pitch. You have to be more patient in slow-pitch, and our girls are starting to make the adjustment. It’s finally starting to come together.”
Luellen was 1-for-2 with four runs batted in and two runs scored, Trentham was 1-for-1 with a three-RBI triple, Cherokee Acker was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, Hix was 1-for-1 with an RBI and two runs scored and Williams was 1-for-1 with two runs scored and an RBI. Tandra Elkins (2-2) got the win for the Lady ’Cats.
In defeat, Kaylin Kellogg was 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI, while Cassandra Kelley was 2-for-2 with an RBI for the Cowgirls.
Tupelo 11, Allen 0
The Lady Tigers (7-3), ranked sixth in Class 2A, jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opening inning and never looked back. RBI-fielder’s choices by Tiffany Postoak and Grace Leland, an RBI single by Chesna Henry and an two-RBI double by Tamara Thompson produced the runs.
Tupelo added a single run in the second and five more runs in the third to enforce the run rule after Allen batted in the fourth inning.
“It’s tough in the wind to judge pitches, or fly balls for that matter,” Tupelo coach Jason Goostree said. “(Allen pitcher Brooke Kidwell) struggled throwing strikes a little bit, and we did a good job of not swinging at bad pitches. We got people on base, and we were able to drive them in.”
Landra Nelson (7-3) got the win, pitching a one-hitter, surrendering a two-out single to Tashina Thompson in the first inning. In fact, the Lady Mustangs had only one other batter reach as Kayli Farmer led off the fourth with a walk, but was erased on a double play.
For the game, Amber Roberson was 2-for-2 with two runs scored for Tupelo.
Kidwell suffered the loss for Allen.
Vanoss 17, Kiowa 9
Trailing 3-2 after two innings, the Lady Wolves (4-7) had a 10-run third inning. An RBI triple by Shanan Foster, an RBI single by Hannah Harjo, bases-loaded walks to Brittany Blankenship and Shelby Bolin, a two-run double by Shelby Hess and an RBI double by Foster highlighted the attack, which ended with Vanoss on top 12-3.
After Kiowa’s Tiffany Layton hit her first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third inning to cut the deficit to 12-5 after three innings, the Lady Wolves added five runs in the fourth inning to enjoy a 17-5 lead.
“We finally were patient (at the plate),” Vanoss coach Seth Reeves said. “That’s what we have to do. When we showed patience, it paid off for us. We waited for the right pitch, we hit the ball and put it in play. We’re still alive, and that’s the main thing.”
Madison Oliver was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a run batted in, Foster was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs and Hess was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Vanoss. Bolin (2-4) got the win.
In defeat, Sayler Hackler was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, while Cassandra Kelley was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Cowgirls (3-8). Self (0-4) suffered both losses for Kiowa on the day.
Coleman 6, Vanoss 0
Leading 1-0 after the third inning, the Lady Wildcats (11-3) put the game away with a five-run fifth inning. An RBI double by Brittany Dill, an RBI-fielder’s choice by Bianca Golden, a two-run double by Beth Loudermilk and an RBI single by Kristen Childers made it a 6-0 Coleman lead.
Meanwhile, Stormey Golden (6-2) threw a six-hitter for the Lady ’Cats as Layni Cantrell, Kate McCoy, Oliver, Hess, Harjo and Blankenship each got singles for Vanoss. Bolin got the loss for the Lady Wolves.
Asher 10, Turner 6
The Lady Indians (9-5), ranked 18th in Class A, jumped out to a 4-0 lead after an inning on an RBI single by Kellyn Price and a three-run double by Oliphant. The Lady Indians never lost the lead.
A three-run fifth and seventh inning gave Asher a 10-0 lead before Turner (13-5), ranked sixth in Class 2A, made things interesting with a six-run seventh inning.
“We rebounded from a poor performance (against Stonewall),” Asher coach Tari Dubler said. “I’m pleased with the way we bounced back. We’re young, and we’re learning. Hopefully, we can build on this.”
For the game, Reimers was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, Wauahdooah (9-5 with the two decisions on Thursday) was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Price was 1-for-1 with an RBI and three runs scored for the Lady Indians.
In defeat, Conner Harmon was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, Natiya Barnes was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Christyn Barrick was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored for Turner. Hannah Stevens (12-5) suffered the loss for the Lady Falcons.
Maud 12, Allen 1
Trailing 1-0 in the first inning, the Lady Tigers (8-6), coached by former Stonewall coach Andi Grissom, took a 4-1 lead after an inning thanks to a two-RBI single by Lari Willis (who was playing with a broken nose and finger as well as a crushed sinus cavity) and back-to-back RBI singles by Ashley Owens and Haley Smith.
Maud, ranked 16th in Class A, scored six runs in the second inning, highlighted by a two-run home run by Willis, her sixth round-tripper of the season, and two more runs in the third to get the run rule enforced.
The Lady Mustangs (0-10) scored their only run of the day on a one-out, RBI single by Brandie Horton, which scored Thompson from second, to take a 1-0 lead, which Maud took away in its half of the frame.
Kidwell (0-10) suffered the loss for Allen, which was eliminated from the tournament with the defeat.