TONKAWA - Western Oklahoma State (21-5, 7-3) picked up two conference wins on the road Thursday against NOC-Tonkawa. The Pioneers won game one 9-0 in five innings behind a Kelsey Watson one hit shutout. Game two featured two more Emery Fox home runs as Western won 6-2.
Western started game one off with a leadoff double by Emery Fox to center field. The Pioneers added another runner two batters later off a Bailey Spencer walk but followed it with two strikeouts to strand the runners. Kelsey Watson got the start for Western in the circle and retired the side in order on ten pitches in the bottom of the first inning.
In the top of the second, the Pioneers stranded a one out single from Malori Moss to leave the game scoreless. Watson got all three hitters out in the bottom of the inning as well needing only eight pitches for this frame.
Western finally got on the board in the top of the third when Maggie McBrayer homered to left field for her fourth of the year and to make the score 1-0. Watson once again retired the side in order in the the bottom of three including two strikeouts in the inning.
A one out single from Watson in the top of four got the Pioneers started. Western got a walk from Fox two batters later followed by a two rbi single from McBrayer to extend the lead to three. Spencer followed with a double down the left field line to plate McBrayer and make the score 4-0. NOC got their first and last hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth off Watson. The Mavericks delivered a two out double before a pop up would finish the inning.
Western broke the game open in the fifth inning with five runs. Katy Fletcher led off with a walk followed by a Moss single and a Watson rbi single. Later in the inning with two outs, McBrayer delivered a two rbi double to give the Pioneers a seven run lead. Spencer followed with a rbi single before Bailee Kaderka delivered a rbi double to finish the scoring at nine. Watson worked a one-two-three bottom of the fifth to give Western a 9-0 win.
Kelsey Watson (12-2) got her fifth shutout of the season while allowing only one base runner and striking out four. Maggie McBrayer and Bailey Spencer led the Pioneer offense with three hits apiece. McBrayer also drove in five runs in the contest.
Fox led off game two with a solo home run to left field to give Western an early one run lead. NOC responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning off Western starter Bailee Kaderka but that would be the final two runs of the game for the Mavericks.
The score remained 2-1 until the top of the third when Fox delivered a line shot over the center field fence for her twelfth home run of the season and to knot the score at two. Kaderka broke the tie later in the inning driving home Spencer with a rbi double to right-center field. With a one run lead, Kaderka made quick work of NOC in the bottom of the third by retiring the side in order.
The score remained 3-2 Western until the top of the sixth inning. Kaderka led the inning off with a towering home run to left-center field. A Watson walk and Emily Jones double set Ashley Rutledge up with two outs. Rutledge delivered a two rbi single to right field to extend the lead to four. That would prove to be the final runs of the game as Western went on to win 6-2.
Bailee Kaderka (9-3) got the win working four innings and allowing two runs off four hits. Kelsey Watson got her fourth save of the year working three scoreless innings to close out the game and struck out four. Emery Fox hit two home runs in the contest for Western while Bailee Kaderka added a home run and three hits for the game.