The Edmond Sun
Edmond Memorial was in a tight race in the first inning Tuesday afternoon with Lawton Eisenhower, but a seven-run third inning blew the contest wide open and the Lady Bulldogs took the opener of a Class 6A regional in dominating fashion with a 15-1 triumph over the Lady Eagles at Memorial High School.
“We hit well today,” said Memorial head coach Janet Chartney. “It was a good game to start (the postseason).”
The ‘Dogs took a 2-0 lead in the first in what turned out to be all the runs needed on a run-scoring double just inside the line in left by Kacey Taylor. MaKayla White then succeeded by whacking a bullet through the left hole to plate courtesy runner Rylee Rose.
In the third, Memorial powered in its seven runs on seven hits as White and Kylee Stone drove in runs and teammates Brenlyn McCoy and Coren Davis each drove in a pair in the frame. McCoy ended the game 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Memorial also put up a 5-spot in the fourth on four singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly and outhit Lawton Eisenhower 16-1. The Lady Bulldogs, now 19-13, hit .552 as a team (16-for-29) and Wednesday contests begin at noon, 2 p.m. and a 4 p.m if-necessary contest to determine who goes to state. In game 2, Mustang (20-10) took on Norman North.
Bulldog ace Kayla Eichler struggled in the first inning, allowing a leadoff single, a pair of walks and hitting a batter to force a run in when the Lady Eagles sliced the lead in half at 2-1.
But Eichler ruled the roost the rest of the way, retiring the next dozen hitters in order, winding up with a 1-hitter and seven strikeouts. Eisenhower batted just .067 (1-for-15) off of her.
Eichler was also part of a double play in the first with the bases loaded to keep the lead. She fielded a tapper back to the rubber, tossed home to Taylor, who came into fair territory to throw out the Eagle easily at first.