Lady Bulldogs drop double header
The Altus High School Lady Bulldogs hit the field against the Noble Bears 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
After besting Lawton MacArthur with a 17-hit performance Tuesday night, the Lady Bulldogs had a bit of a confidence boost coming into this game and although their hot hitting continued, the Bears had much of the same success and edged the Bulldogs 10 – 8.
The Lady Bulldogs struck first when Syndey Simmons crossed the plate on a Kymbree McKee double, giving them the 1-0 lead.
But nothing could prepare them for what was to come.
The Bears saw six runs of their own cross the plate in the bottom of the first inning, helped along by two singles and a three-run triple.
The Bears never really slowed down after that, putting up a run in the second and another in the fifth and consistently finding ways to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard.
After two innings, the Bears led the Bulldogs 7-1, but the Lady Bulldogs continued to fight, getting to within three before the Bears had a two-run fourth and widened the gap between the two teams.
By the sixth inning, the Bears had all the runs they would score for the night, building a 10-4 cushion that seemed insurmountable.
The Lady Bulldogs battled back, however, coming within two before Destiny Smalts struck out, ending the Bulldog’s chances of a remarkable comeback and the game.
Noble stifles Altus in second game of doubleheader.
After a disappointing first game defeat that saw 29 total hits between the Lady Bulldogs and the Bears, the Lady Bulldogs were hoping to get the bats going early and lay claim to at least one of the two games.
Although the Lady Bulldogs struck first in the bottom of the first inning after a line-drive triple by Syndey Simmons brought home Kelsee Baker, they fell stagnant from that point on until the fourth inning. By the time they regrouped, the Bears were leading them 5-1.
The Lady Bulldogs tried to bounce back, bringing home a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Bears answered with two of their own in the top of the fifth inning, putting the gap between the two teams at 7-2.
The Lady Bulldogs scored two more in the fifth inning but it was too little too late. The Bears ended up scoring one final time in the seventh to win the ballgame 8-4.
The Bulldogs are now 1-2 on the season.
“We faced a solid pitcher tonight,” Head Coach Joey Stengell said. “She pitched both seven inning games. Our girls battled and had a chance to win both games. This was an excellent test for us. We have to continue to improve our defense. We gave away too many runs on errors. We are still fine tuning our lineup but overall we are settling into our positions. Twelve runs in two games against a great pitcher so our offense is a bright spot.”
Navajo trounces Leedey
It is hard, no matter the game, to keep an opponent off the scoreboard and although it took four innings for the Navajo Indians to get a run across, when they finally managed to connect like they needed to, the runs came in droves.
The Indians plated two in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth to blank the Bison’s and walk away with their second win in two tries to start the season.
The Indians split the game up between three different pitchers. First on the mound was Kalee Cross who pitched three near perfect one-hit innings with two strikeouts and two walks.
Kayen Carroll replaced her a little bit before the midway point of the game and pitched three solid three-hit innings, striking out two and walking two.
Cambrie Thornton came into the game to wrap it up with one inning of one-hit baseball, striking out one and walking zero.
Emmy Cobb had a successful night at the plate, getting a hit on two of her three at-bats, plating one run, and helping pull some runs through with two runs-batted-in or RBIs.
The Navajo Indians will play against Chisholm at the I-40 Classic, a tournament being held in Weatherford today and tomorrow.
Duke drops one, wins one
In the first game of a doubleheader Thursday, the Duke Tigers took on the Sentinel Bulldogs, hoping to improve to 2-0 on the season.
It appeared the Tigers had the game in hand after their first two at-bats, taking a 2-0 lead on the Bulldogs early.
Kylee Rice played her part well, getting a hit each time she stepped up the the plate and ended the night a perfect 4-for-4.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Bulldogs had a lot of fight in them and would not go quietly, choosing instead to put two runs on the board in the bottom of the second inning and two additional runs in the third inning.
They would never relinquish the lead and the Tigers would never score again, giving the Sentinel Bulldogs the 4-2 victory.
Tigers dismantle Bulldogs
In the second game of their doubleheader, the Tigers’ bats were on fire, scoring the bulk of their runs relatively early before opening it up in the fifth and putting seven more scores on the board to put the nail in the Bulldog’s coffin with a 20-4 win.
Blakely Dill went 4-of-4 with four runs and one RBI while Calebi Cusher went 3-of-4 for three runs and five RBI’S.
Abby Jones tacked on another five RBI’s and four runs on a 3-of-3 hitting night while allowing just four runs, three earned runs, and five strikeouts.
It was the kind of performance they hope they can put on each time they take the field, dominating the competition in such a way the game is called to a stop by the fifth inning.
For now, the Bulldog’s have some work to do if they plan on competing against this red-hot Duke team.
Duke’s junior high team will be at Western Oklahoma State College to participate in the WOSC Festival while their high school team does not even play again until 4:30 p.m. Monday at home against Indiahoma.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext 2076.