The Edmond Sun
OKLAHOMA CITY —
The tying runs came to the plate in the seventh inning, but both the Edmond North Huskies and Deer Creek Antlers closed out their opponents to advance to the semifinals of the state softball tournament with a pair of wins in first-round action Thursday at Hall of Fame Stadium here.
The Huskies took a 2-0 win from Owasso in Class 6A, while the Antlers topped Pryor, 7-6, in Class 5A.
Holding a 2-run lead in the seventh inning, North’s Jordan Dixon induced the first Rams batter to fly out to center field, then catcher Ashton Crouch threw out the next Ram on a dropped third strike. Owasso’s Rachel Jackson singled to right, bringing to the plate the potential tying run, but a weak pop-up was handled by North second baseman Sheridan Bond and the Huskies came away with the 2-0 win.
North’s scoring came in the second inning, when eight-hole hitter Courtney Tanner singled to center over the glove of the Owasso shortstop. Kaylon Dunn’s sacrifice bunt advanced her to second, and then Bond’s single to center advanced Tanner to third. When Bond headed for second base on a stolen base attempt, the Owasso catcher’s throw got past the first baseman and into right field, allowing Tanner to score and moving Bond to third. Then Mattie Nordyke hit a ball hard to right field and motored around the basepaths, collided with the Owasso third baseman and beat the throw for a triple, scoring Bond for the game’s only RBI.
The game was delayed briefly in the fourth inning as umpires and Owasso coaches discussed a call, after which Rams head coach Shane Eicher was ejected. A ball hit by an Owasso player that landed in the outfield near the first base line was initially ruled fair by the first base umpire, but that call was overturned by the home plate umpire.
Dixon allowed three hits and four walks, and struck out 11 in seven innings. She struck out the side in the first and retired the side in order in the second, fifth and sixth innings.
North advances to play Yukon at 2 p.m. Friday on the main field at Hall of Fame Stadium.
Deer Creek 7, Pryor 6
The Antlers had to dig out of a hole early and then hold off a late Pryor rally on Thursday, but held onto the 7-6 win their Class 5A matchup.
Pryor put up a run in each of the first two innings, which Deer Creek answered with three in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth and sixth to take 7-2 lead.
But the Tigers stormed back with three runs in the sixth to bring in to 7-5, then put a run over in the seventh before Antlers pitcher Emily Watson struck out the final batter to preserve the 7-6 win.
Deer Creek was led by Haley Wells and Haley Goodin, as each put up 2 hits, 2 RBIs and 1 run, and Hope Martin, with 2 hits, 2 runs and 1 RBI. Watson was 1-for-3 with 1 RBI, and Tori Bennett, Jordan Williams and Macy Snyder each scored a run.
From the circle, Watson allowed 6 runs (all earned), 10 hits and 1 walk, and struck out 6 in 7 innings.
Deer Creek will play Chickasha at 2 p.m. Friday.
Friday’s forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain, with the greatest chance in the morning.