BYNG — The Byng High School softball team may have been too young to know they were supposed to lose to McLoud after finding themselves in an early 6-0 hole.
The Lady Pirates scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the bottom of the sixth to complete a huge rally and stun the Lady Redskins 8-7 in the late game at the Back to School Classic in Byng Thursday night.
“I’m getting too old for this,” joked Byng head coach Scott Fortner. “We’re young and we’re still learning. But they don’t ever think they’re out of a game. They just enjoy playing for the sake of playing.”
Byng had defeated Seminole 11-6 earlier in the day to get off to a 2-0 start in the tournament. Latta was also involved in pool play at Byng. The Lady Panthers knocked off Seminole 12-6 before dropping a 6-1 decision to McLoud.
Games are also being played at Konawa High School, but results from those contests were not available at press time.
Play moved to Byng on Friday, with four games on the slate. The final round is set to begin at 10 a.m. today in Byng. The championship game, featuring the winners of the Byng and Konawa pools, is scheduled for a 3:15 p.m. start. The host Lady Tigers, Holdenville, Prague and the Byng JV make up the Konawa pool.
Byng 8, McLoud 7
The host Lady Pirates trailed 7-1 heading into the fifth inning before beginning the monumental comeback.
Byng starting pitcher Taylen Mason started off a bit wild as she hit two and walked one of the first four batters she faced. McLoud scored four runs in the top of the first inning before Mason recorded back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the inning.
The Lady Redskins used a walk and three straight bunts to push across another run in the top of the second.
Veteran pitcher Molly Rainey took over pitching duties and promptly shut down the McLoud offense. She struck out seven over the final 4.2 innings to help keep the Pirates within striking distance.
Byng strung together seven hits in the five-run volley in the fifth inning. Rainey had a two-RBI triple, Mason ripped a two-run single and Trenity Miller added an RBI hit in the uprising that trimmed the McLoud advantage to 7-6.
And it could have been worse, but the Lady Pirates got thrown out on the basepaths twice in the frame.
“That was all me. That’s one of the things I told these girls early in the year — just get ready because coach Fortner’s going to get you thrown out. We’re going to make people throw us out,” Fortner said.
Sydnee Fortner got things started for Byng in the sixth when she drew a one-out walk. Miller reached base on an error, and Rainey knotted the score at 7-7 with an RBI single.
Krosby Clinton ended the game with a walk-off, run-scoring hit.
Fortner, who starts four freshmen, said his team’s youth may have been a positive late in the game against McLoud.
“Their innocence is a good thing sometimes. They don’t realize how big a situation is,” he said. “We’re excited about what’s in front of us, and hopefully we’ll just continue to get better.”
Rainey led a 13-hit Byng attack, finishing 4-for-4 with two triples, a double and three RBIs. Clinton had three hits and two RBIs, while Fortner went 1-for-2 with a triple and two runs scored.
Kaitlyn Hoover went 2-for-4 and scored twice to lead McLoud at the plate.
Byng 11, Seminole 6
Byng scored four runs in the fourth inning and four more in the fifth to snap a 2-2 tie and surge past Seminole.
Molly Rainey hit an inside-the-park home run and finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs to lead the BHS charge. Trenity Miller finished 2-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs, while Britney Brooks-Teel and McKinley Feazle both added two hits each.
Feazle was the winning pitcher for the hosts.
McLoud 6, Latta 1
The Latta offense couldn’t get rolling against McLoud ace Gabby Sears, who struck out four and scattered five hits in seven innings of work.
McLoud scored its first two runs of the game on back-to-back home runs from Dallas Childers and Karlee Higdon in the top of the second inning.
McLoud tallied three more runs in the third inning to build a 5-0 lead.
LHS pitcher Shayle Senkel then settled in, allowing just one more score the rest of the way — an error-aided run in the top of the seventh inning. It was the first varsity pitching experience for the Latta senior. In fact, she hadn’t pitched in a game since the eighth grade.
Latta scored its lone run in the bottom of the third when nine-hole hitter Cheyenne Adair singled, went to second on an error and later scored on an RBI groundout by Tawni Wood.
Abi LaValley paced the LHS offense, going 2-for-3 with a double.
Latta 12, Seminole 6
Freshman Hailey Baber went 3-for-4 with a triple, a double and scored three runs to help Latta run past the Lady Chieftains.
Abi LaValley hit a home run in a 3-for-4 showing for Latta and also had two runs scored and two RBIs. Shaylee Senkel, Tawni Wood, Cheyenne Adair and Kendra Hisaw all added two hits apiece for the Lady Panthers, who piled up 16 total hits in the contest.