Lady Lions: Their time to shine

By Zach Maxwell Sports Reporter

October 2, 2013

The Durant Lady Lions are riding a 12-game winning streak into the post-season - and this town hasn’t seen the last of the youthful fast-pitch softball team.

A pair of district victories on Tuesday clinched the two seed for the Lady Lions and Coach Aaron Mullens. This guarantees Durant will host a regional playoff bracket starting on Oct. 10.

“We’ll see some teams we’ve seen before,” Mullens said. “We’ve never been able to play those teams on our home field, so it’s going to be a little different. We’ll be ready for them, we’re on a roll.”

And roll they did on Tuesday: The Lady Lions trounced on Tulsa Edison in five-inning affairs by scores of 21-0 and 16-0.

“We came out in the first inning, hit the ball well, played great defense and our pitchers threw a lot of strikes today,” Mullens said. “We didn’t have any let downs today. Everybody was up from the beginning.”

Go-to pitcher Sydni Hampton took the win in game one. The Lady Lions bats jumped all over Edison for 12 runs in the first inning.

Game one stat leaders: Kylie Manning just missed hitting for the cycle with a single, double and home run to go with four RBIs. Macy Powell climbed the ranks of “team favorite” with four hits and two RBIs.

Destinee Lewis: single, triple, two RBIs; Riley Andis: one hit, three RBIs; Kylie Hobbs: three hits, RBI, stolen base; Breanna Simmons: base hit and RBI; Caroline Jones: two singles, RBI, stolen base; Alexa Richards: single, RBI; Sydni Hampton: stolen base; Nicole Jackson: base hit and RBI; Logan Hime: RBI.

Caroline Jones was honored in between games as the lone senior on the team. This was a carry-over from Saturday “Senior Day” festivities which were delayed by the rain. Jones, who started her softball career with two season at Victory Life Academy, joined her parents Meredith and Tip Jones for an on-field ceremony.

Sophomore Kylie Williams got the nod to take the pitcher’s circle in game two against Edison. She struck out eight Eagles.

Once again, Durant jumped out to a quick lead with nine runs in the first inning. Destinee Lewis sent another longball over the Arnett Insurance/S&L Collision center signs in left field in the third inning.

Sydni Hampton also deserves credit for a flawless game at the plate with three singles, three RBIs and two stolen bases. Breanna Simmons had a pair of hits and RBIs in game two and Macy Powell added an RBI double to her stats.

Before the playoffs begin, the Lady Lions are scheduled to participate in the Bixby Festival near Tulsa on Saturday. Games against Sapulpa (11:45 a.m.) and Newcastle (immediately following) will wrap up the fast-pitch regular season.