BLUE — The Rock Creek Fast-Pitch Tournament came to an exciting close Saturday night on a one-point decision that left the host team accepting the runner-up plaque.
Silo sent home Tushka before getting knocked out by Idabel. Caddo eliminated Antlers before getting clipped by Rattan.
Rock Creek 8, Idabel 1
The Lady Mustangs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Arie Young reached on a missed third strike and scored on a ground out by Macy Eiler. Ashlynn Robinson drew a walk and scored on a passed ball.
Rock Creek added four more in the third. For the third (and last) time in the game, Idabel’s catcher missed the third strike and allowed a runner on base, this time Ashlynn Robinson. Eiler walked and Danielle Hayden reached on an error to load the bases. They all scored, two of them on a fly to left good for a Carol Scott single. Another error let another run score as Brianna Iams got on base.
Idabel’s only run was scored in the fourth after the three-hole reached on an error and the six-hole hit an RBI single up the middle. The RC defense did turn a double play in the frame.
Rock Creek tacked on the last two scores in the sixth. Laynie Jestis started it off with a walk, then Young reached on an error. They were advanced on a Kristen Robinson sac bunt. Jestis crossed the plate on an Ashlynn Robinson single to shallow center, and Eiler knocked in Young on a single to short left.
Iams pitched the six innings, striking out five, hitting one batter and allowing three hits.
Caddo 8, Antlers 7
The Lady Bruins led 1-0 after one, but it was all tied it up at 3 after two. Caddo scored three in the third and so did Antlers to knot it at 6-all. But when the international tiebreaker rules went into effect in the fifth, the Lady Bruins made better use of it. Caddo scored two in the top of the frame. Carrie Henson was put on second due to the ITB and batted in by Charlsie Grace with a fly to left. Grace crossed the plate on a Tanna Hightower single.
Grace also came in and pitched for the save.
Silo 3, Tushka 2
Silo never trailed in this one, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first. Leadoff Karissa Marshall was hit by a pitch. After she moved to second uncontested, Adyson Barber drove an RBI double to deep left. Barber advanced to third on Mary Grider’s ground out before Catie Simmons batted her in.
In the bottom of the third, Barber reached on an error and earned a stolen base. Grider sent her on home this time with a single through to right.
Tushka saved being blanked with a run each in the fourth and sixth innings.
Miranda Parr hit a single through to left in the bottom of the fourth for Silo but was left stranded.
Grider got the win for Silo. She threw for six innings with one strikeout, two walks and four hits allowed.
The Lady Rebels also turned a 1-6-3 double play in the third inning.
Rattan 6, Caddo 5
Rattan was on top early, 1-0, through two innings. In the top of the third, Taylor Barrett got one between short stop and third base for a single and Katie Harris drew a walk. Barrett and Harris’ courtesy runner, Andrea Hamilton, both scored on passed balls to put Caddo ahead 2-1.
Hadley Clower took a walk to start the fifth. After stealing second, she got to trot around the rest of the field. Barrett rerouted a pitch over the centerfield fence to put her team up 4-1.
But later came the bottom of the sixth. The Lady Rams raked together five hits and a walk in the frame and were helped by two errors on the four-hole’s at-bat sequence. The Lady Bruins were down 6-4 with one last chance to make it up. Hightower drew a walk, Barrett was hit by a pitch. Then, Harris hit an RBI double to deep left. But Rattan wrapped it up on a double play that called a player’s ethics into question, seemingly pushing Barrett off third base as she retreated on a caught fly.
Harris pitched for Caddo. In six innings, she struck out one, walked one and allowed seven hits.
Two Caddo defensive plays of note: Right-fielder Lillie Kate Hearon got tripped up while turning to run back for a fly ball in the fifth, but she got up, made the catch and threw to first for the double play. Center-fielder Jessie Price picked up the ball on a base hit to right-center and threw it all the way home in time for catcher Tanna Hightower to make the tag in the sixth.
Valliant 6, Rock Creek 5
Valliant wasted no time taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and adding two each in the second and fifth.
Rock Creek tried to rally in the fifth. Brianna Iams reached on a fielder’s choice and Kylie Rice dropped a single in shallow center to set the stage for Laynie Jestis’ two-RBI single to left. Jestis took an extra base on the throw home. With a single to right from leadoff Arie Young and a Kristen Robinson walk, the bases were loaded.
Jestis was thrown out going home on Ashlynn Robinson’s contact. But Young and Kristen Robison took opportunities to cross the plate, and Macy Eiler hit an RBI single and took an extra base. Danielle Hayden then put bat to ball. As Eiler was rounding third, coach Wade Johnson sent her home. But Eiler tried to retreat back to the bag and went into a slow-motion flip that had everyone nearby on their feet in fear. She was called out on the play to end comeback. Eiler had to clear out the dirt and get on her catching gear for the top of the sixth.
The Rock Creek defense held Valliant scoreless in facing four batters. But the Lady Mustangs went three-and-out for their first loss of the tournament.
Ashlynn Robinson struck out five, walked one and allowed five hits in six innings.
Rock Creek 10, Idabel 1
The teams’ second duel of the day looked a little cleaner than the morning performance for Idabel, but the Lady Mustangs just earned more of their runs.
The Lady Warriors’ lone score crossed the plate in the first inning. And Rock Creek didn’t let the little lead last long. Danielle Hayden dropped one in left near the base line to score Kristen Robinson, who had stolen two bases after drawing a walk.
The Lady Mustangs put up four more in the bottom of the second, punctuated by a three-RBI double by Ashlynn Robinson to deep left field. That was after Arie Young took a pitch in the arm with bases loaded to walk in a run for a 5-1 lead after two.
Rock Creek took only four turns at the plate in the game but turned in 10 hits, six of which came in the last one for five runs. Laynie Jestis led it off with a double near the foul line in left. Macy Eiler smacked the left-field wall for a two-RBI double. Kristen Robinson, Hayden and Brianna Iams each had an RBI single, and Young contributed a single.
Iams pitched five innings for Rock Creek, striking out five, walking three, hitting one batter and allowing five hits.
Valliant 5, Rock Creek 4
The game was scoreless until Valliant hit two doubles and two singles to take a 3-0 advantage in the top of the third.
Rock Creek cut it to 3-1 in the bottom of the fram. With one out, Laynie Jestis dropped a single in right-center. She went to second uncontested and advanced to third on Arie Young’s ground out. Kristen Robinson pushed her across the plate with a single through to left. Ashlynn Robinson had a hard-hit single up the third-base line but was left stranded after the umpire didn’t reward Macy Eiler for hustling to first on a dink.
The Lady Bulldogs committed what seemed an uncharacteristic three errors in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, five-hole Hayden hit one hard up the middle. Then, Carol Scott’s grounder rolled through the pitcher’s legs. Next, Brianna Iams made contact, and as the fielder looked to make the play at second, the short stop wasn’t there to cover. The bases were loaded. Hayden scored on a passed ball. Then, Kylie Rice reached on an error that allowed two scores.
Rock Creek held a 4-3 lead going into the final inning.
Valliant didn’t roll over. The nine-hole led off with a single that dropped in shallow right near the line. The one-hole followed with a bunt and was safe on a misfire to first. The tying run scored on a ground out to second and the go-ahead score crossed the plate on a passed ball.
Young started the bottom of the frame with a single to shallow right, but the next three were retired in order.
Hayden led the offense with a double and two singles. The girl’s feet also are magnetized with first base on defense too, by the way.
Ashlynn Robinson struck out five batters through seven innings, hit a batter and allowed eight hits.
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