The Western Heights Lady Jets came into Altus on Tuesday evening looking to rout the Lady Bulldogs and leave with two wins once the double header was all said and done. Unfortunately for them, the Lady Bulldogs were firing on all cylinders and unwilling to give up two games on their home turf during their home opening games.
The Lady Bulldogs started the season against the Lawton MacArthur Lady Highlanders in what was a great 14-10 victory against a solid team, but have since dropped three straight games.
Tuesday, they looked nothing like the 1-3 team they were and more like the high win team they could be.
Although the Lady Jets took a 1-0 lead to start the game off, the Lady Bulldogs answered back with one of their own in the first inning on a Kelsee Baker triple and score after an error by the Lady Jets helped her find the home plate. Although the Lady Bulldogs got some runners on base, they left them stranded and closed out the inning having scored only one run.
The Lady Jets could get nothing going in the second inning putting one on base with a ground ball single before Lady Bulldog Ace Kymbree McKee struck out the next two in only eight pitches and closed out the inning with a Lady Jets ground ball throw out at first.
The bottom of the second inning is when the Lady Bulldogs blew it open, putting four runs across the plate after a Haley Newman RBI — run-batted-in — single to right field and a Baker two RBI double to left field. Baker would later score herself after a passed ball at the plate allowed her to get home for the Lady Bulldogs final run of the inning.
The Lady Jets tried to keep it competitive, scoring two in the top of the third inning, but the Lady Bulldogs were able to answer during their at-bat when a Newman single to first base scored Craigin Steed to make it 6-3 in favor of the Lady Bulldogs going into the top of the fourth inning.
But the Lady Jets were continuing to put up a fight putting two on base quickly and scoring one before McKee regained control with two strikeouts and a fly ball out to center field allowing the Lady Bulldogs to pick up their bats once again and go to work.
They had their next big run in the bottom of the fourth inning as their hot bats loaded the bases with Syndey Simmons, McKee and Steed and helped start what would be a three-run inning for the Lady Bulldogs. Simmons scored on a passed ball pitch before a Marisol Garcia RBI single drove in McKee and put Steed on third base and in position to steal home for the last run of the inning.
After another stagnant inning for the Lady Jets, the Lady Bulldogs had an opportunity to add to their lead and did so quickly after a Baker double and a Smalts single put them in the perfect position to make something happen.
McKee stepped up the plate and grounded out to third base, but the hit was just enough to bring Baker across the plate. Hill had an RBI single of her own before Steed singled to center field to bring Hill home and putting the Lady Bulldogs on top by a score of 12-4.
The Lady Bulldogs would not score for the remainder of the game, but they did not need to as the Lady Jets scored only once and lost the game by the score of 12-5.
Kelsee Baker led the Lady Bulldogs with three hits in five tries scoring three times herself and knocking in two RBI’s.
McKee had a solid pitching performance striking out seven, walking three, and allowing four earned runs in 5.2 innings of work.
Lady Bulldogs destroy Lady Jets
Game two of Tuesday evening’s double header ranks as one of the highest scoring games in Lady Bulldogs softball history with the Lady Bulldogs pulling out the victory 28-11.
The Lady Bulldogs struck hard and fast putting up nine runs in the top of the first inning before the Lady Jets tried to get something going with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first.
Unfortunately for the Lady Jets, the Lady Bulldogs were hungry for the sweep and showed it, plating five more runs in top of the second inning to take a commanding 14-2 lead, or so it seemed.
Not to be outdone, the Lady Jets took advantage of two of their batters being hit by pitches from McKee, and a walk and took a bases loaded situation and turned it into four consecutive scored runs. McKee was pulled in favor of Jerzey Ybarra, but still the Lady Jets kept attacking and ended the inning having put up six runs and closing the gap from 12 to six.
The Lady Bulldogs tacked on an additional four runs in the top of the third inning with scores from the top hitters in their lineup including Baker and Simmons.
The Lady Jets answered back scoring three more runs in the bottom of the third to bring the score to 18-11, but their 11th run was their final run of the game and the Lady Bulldogs still had much more they wanted to do.
Baker and Newman scored in the top of the fifth inning to bring the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to 20-11 before a massive eight-run sixth inning put the Lady Bulldogs up 28-11 and secured the victory.
“Once again our offense was very productive,” said head coach Joey Stengell. “We did a great job of hitting the ball hard and were aggressive on the bases. We still have to limit walks and fielding errors as we continue to improve. This team plays with a tremendous amount of energy and this was a great way to open our home schedule. The community really supported us tonight and it was a special night of softball at Missile Park.”
Kelsee Baker once again led the way with an extremely impressive 5-for-6 showing that included six RBI’s and five of her own scores.
Also impressive was Simmons going 4-for-5 with five RBI’s and one run scored, and Marisol Garcia with three runs scored, three RBI’s and two hits on four tries.
The Lady Bulldogs are now 3-3 on the season and will play again at El Reno at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.