The Lady Bulldogs varsity softball team was hot off its Tuesday evening home opening doubleheader wins.
The team hit the road to El Reno on Thursday to improve its 3-3 season record at the El Reno Tournament which was scheduled for Thursday through Saturday.
The Lady Bulldogs first opponent in the three-day affair was against the streaking home team, but it would be a long day for the Lady Bulldogs as they were never able to generate any sort of offense, putting up only one hit in the three innings it took the officials to activate the mercy rule.
The game started off well enough with Kymbree McKee holding the El Reno batters to only two runs through the first two innings, but the Lady Indians would not be denied long and put up a monstrous third inning total of 10 runs to stomp out any hopes the Lady Bulldogs might have of coming back and being competitive in the game.
Kenzi Mutzig’s three-run blast over the center field wall punctuated an impressive inning for the Lady Indians and changed the game for good giving them a 7-0 lead over the Lady Bulldogs.
Directly following the three-run bomb, McKee was pulled from the game in favor of Alana Lopez, but Lopez had trouble stopping the bleeding as Sidney Barber tripled to right field, putting the Lady Indians in scoring position once again.
A Bri Hollis double to left field scored Barber and put the Lady Indian’s on top 8-0. Jadyn Lingo was walked by Lopez and Hayden Freeman singled to center field, scoring Hollis in the process and putting the Lady Indian’s in great position to close it out early.
The hits kept coming and one by one the Lady Indian’s walked the score to 12 before a stoppage was called in favor of the Lady Indian’s who took the 12-0 victory with them to the next round.
The only hit for the Lady Bulldogs came from Craigin Steed in the top of the second.
Kymbree McKee threw 42 pitches in two innings of work allowing six hits, seven runs, and one home run.
Game 2: Lady Bulldogs bounce back but fall short
The Enid Pacers needed only three hits to beat the Lady Bulldogs 5-4. The Lady Bulldogs? They managed 10 hits, but their four errors would be their downfall by the time the curtain closed on the game.
Kelsee Baker started off the game for the Bulldogs at bat being patient at the plate and earning a five-pitch walk.
Destiny Smalts singled to left field putting two runners on base for the Lady Bulldogs before the Pacers had even recorded their first out.
Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse when Sydney Simmons grounded out into a double play that sent her and Baker back to the dugout and left Smalts in scoring position. Kymbree McKee was walked, putting the bat in Steed’s hands.
Steed connected with a solid pitch and popped one into center field, earning herself an RBI — run batted in — single as Smalts crossed the plate putting the Lady Bulldogs up 1-0. The Lady Bulldogs were in a good position to add to the early lead but a Kenzie Forrester fly out ended their inning and put them on the field.
The Pacers jumped on the board after errors by the Lady Bulldogs allowed Enid’s Izzy Plunkett to steal both second and third and put her in a great position to tie the game up.
Marybel Garcia drove her in with a ground out to the shortstop.
The Pacers would score again in the bottom of the second after a Haylee Schwandt ground out scored Ashley Handing to put them up 2-0.
The Lady Bulldogs fought back, driving in three runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning. The Lady Bulldogs struggled to stay on top, but allowed two runs to be scored on errors.
They could get nothing going in the top of the fifth and lost the game to the Pacers in the bottom of the fifth as the Pacers’ Tory Jackson scored the go-ahead run on a Handling ground out.
Kymbree McKee pitched well, going three and two-thirds innings allowing only three hits and one earned run while Alana Lopez pitched one inning, allowing no hits and no runs.
Destiny Smalts went 2-for-3 at the plate, scoring twice and knocking in one RBI.
The loss drops the Lady Bulldogs to 3-5 on the season. Their final scheduled game of the tournament was Saturday. Details to follow in future editions of the Altus Times.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.