Special to The Sun
Last Thursday at Deer Creek High School, Edmond North and the Lady Antlers battled to the wire in a wild softball contest.
Deer Creek shortstop Kelsi Williams smashed a 1-1 pitch over the center field fence to break a 3-3 tie and give the Antlers a 6-3, eight-inning win over Edmond North.
North’s Hannah Danielson had just put the Huskies up 3-2 by singling in Kourtney Tanner, who had been placed on second base in international scoring rules in the extra frame.
The Antlers returned the favor in their end of the inning, when Tori Ritz put a ball in play that allowed Kendall Stockstill to score on an error after being placed on second.
After Deer Creek’s Kennedy Turner reached base on an error and courtesy runners Molly Mabry and M.K. Brinska took to the base paths, Williams stepped up, took a ball, fouled one off and then drove Madison Nordyke’s pitch over the fence to straightaway center.
The bomb ended a pitchers’ duel that saw Antlers starter Emily Watson strike out six and walk three in eight innings. She scattered eight hits and allowed two runs, one earned. North starting pitcher Jillian Hensley also threw well, striking out two and walking one while allowing three runs, one earned, on two hits in six innings.
Deer Creek struck first when Watson helped her own cause with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the second inning.
North evened things up at 1-1 in the fourth, when Tanner singled and, after a pair of walks loaded the bases, scored when Julia Minter hit a hard ground ball to first that was mishandled.
Nordyke put the Huskies up 2-1 with a sacrifice grounder in the seventh that scored Sheridan Bond.
The Antlers were down to their final out in the bottom of the seventh when Watson reached on an error and Stockstill singled to right, allowing courtesy runner Macy Snider to score all the way from first base. That tied the score at 2-2 and set up the extra-inning heroics.
North was led at the plate by Sheridan Bond, who went 3-for-4 with a run scored, and Tanner, who was 2-for-4 with two runs.
The teams combined for five errors.
North entered the week 22-6, third in District Class 6A-1 while Deer Creek was 23-6, tops and undefeated in District 5A-1. Both squads will host a regional this week, with Deer Creek taking on Southeast this morning at 10 o’clock.