Fort Worth, Texas- Western Oklahoma State (8-2) went 4-2 in the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth, TX this past weekend. The Pioneers went 3-0 on Friday beating Bossier Parish, Cisco, and Midland. Saturday resulted with losses to Trinity Valley and Northeast Texas and a win over Galveston.
In Game one on Friday morning, Western used a four run third and three run fifth inning to beat Bossier Parrish 8-1. The Pioneers got quality pitching from Bailee Kaderka and Kelsey Watson as the two combined gave up only one earned run while allowing no walks and striking out five. Watson also led the way offensively with three hits and three rbi’s.
The Pioneers scored steadily against Cisco College in game two. Western put runs on the board in every inning but the sixth highlighted by a three run third. It was Kaderka and Kelly Walton combining to only allow two runs in the circle in the contest. Western got multiple hits from Bailey Spencer, Malori Moss, and Kelsey Watson in the game. Watson also hit her first home run of the season in the game.
Western had a nail biter in game three against Midland College. The Pioneers took a one run lead in the fourth off a two run homer from Emily Jones and then tied the game in the sixth off a solo homer from Spencer. With the score knotted at three in the bottom of the seventh, Western was able to win off a passed ball scoring Moss. Watson went the distance in the circle for the Pioneers allowing three runs while striking out eight Midland hitters and not allowing a walk.
Western dropped the early morning game on Saturday against Trinity Valley 5-4. The Pioneers had a one run lead going to the bottom of the seventh but Trinity was able to push two across to hand Western its first loss of the season. The Pioneers got three hits from Kaderka and Moss along with home runs from Emery Fox and Moss. Kaderka and Watson threw for the Pioneers with Watson getting the loss allowing two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Pioneers got big performances from Watson and Spencer in their game five 4-0 win over Galveston College. Spencer hit a solo homer in the third followed by a three run shot in the sixth to push her home run total to five on the year. Watson kept the Galveston hitters in check allowing only one hit, no runs, and walking none in her shutout performance.
Game six prove to be slow offensively for Western until the bottom of the seventh. Down 6-0, the Pioneers got a three run home run off the bat of Haylee Beck to cut the deficit in half. Western was able to get the score to 6-5 with the tying run at third and winning run at second before Northeast Texas was able to get out of the jam to win 6-5. Beck led the offense with her three run homer while Katy Fletcher and Malori Moss also added rbi’s.