The Altus Lady Bulldogs (3-5) and the Lawton Eisenhower Lady Eagles (0-8) softball teams took the field recently and a shootout ensued in a high scoring affair that saw Altus edge Lawton 8-7 in extra innings.
The Lady Bulldogs racked up 10 hits in the game and needed every hit to overcome the eight errors that plagued the team committed in eight innings of play.
Ultimately, it was the bats of Kaylen Carroll and Alex Jackson that led the team to victory in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Lady Bulldogs trailing by one.
With one out and one on base, Carroll crushed a fly ball to center field to score a waiting Kelsee Baker and earn herself a triple. The hit tied the game at seven and gave Jackson an opportunity to win the game for the Lady Bulldogs.
Jackson did not need long, swinging at the first pitch over the plate and delivering a ground ball to left field for a single and to win the game for the Lady Bulldogs.
The win was delayed after Altus let a 6-2 lead slip away in the top of the fifth inning when the Lady Eagles came storming back to tie the game with a four-run fifth.
The big inning for Lawton came after an error and a single was followed by a double that drove in two runs to cut Altus’ lead to two.
Altus’ Kymbree McKee was able to strike out one and force another in a groundout before the Lady Eagles added their fifth run of the game on a fly ball RBI single to center field.
Another hit and two more consecutive errors allowed Lawton to tie the game at six before McKee was able to force the next batter into a groundout to stifle the bleeding.
The Lady Eagles then added a run in the top of the eighth to take a 7-6 lead over the Lady Bulldogs before Altus delivered in the clutch to steal the victory back from the clutches of the Lady Eagles.
Carroll led the team with three runs and one RBI in a 2-for-5 performance while Jackson finished 2-for-5 with one run and two RBIs.
McKee did her part on the mound and allowed just two earned runs in seven and two-thirds innings while striking out six. Despite walking six, McKee was able to settle in and do what was necessary to close the game out for the win.
The victory snapped a two game losing streak for the Lady Bulldogs who defeated Sayre 9-6 on Aug. 21 before losing to Sayre 6-10 and then falling to Duncan by a final score of 6-17.
The Lady Bulldogs gear up to travel to Ardmore for a doubleheader with the Lady Tigers that is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.