North secures as regional hosts
Kamri Heath and Jacee Minter each homered in a 9-8 win against Mustang on Wednesday, with Minter smashing a game-high five RBIs to lead a Husky offense that held off the late-surging Mustang roster.
The Huskies used a four run top-of-the-seventh inning that saw Riah Smith and Rachel Matthews cross home to cap the inning off on a double from Minter. All nine of North’s runs on Wednesday were needed, too, with Mustang scoring seven runners in the bottom of the seventh, just before Evy Aud got the game’s final out to pop up to North’s Emily Deramus at shortstop.
The win was just another district-slated victory for the Huskies, and it was good enough to guarantee that North will now host a 6A regional contest come playoff season.
Creek firing on all cylinders
Shayleigh Odom drove in five Lady Antler runners on Monday against Edmond Memorial, smashing a grand slam in her first at-bat of the contest and headlining a 12-run, week-opening inning for Deer Creek. Creek won Monday’s game against Memorial 16-1, and they continued their hot start all the way throughout the week.
Six Lady Antlers had a multi-hit day on Monday, with Odom, Caitlyn Wells, Hailey Evans, Terin Ritz, Brett Smith and Maci Stockton all registering two or more hits against the Bulldogs. By Tuesday, and at home against Southmoore, five of those athletes repeated the same feat.
Hailey Evans and Terin Ritz stood out, though, with Evans hitting a home run and a double for 6 RBIs, and Ritz homering thrice for a game-best 7 RBIs.
That offense was still rolling come Thursday night, too, with the Lady Antlers beating PC West twice in a double-header by a combined score of 24-0. Though Odom had a triple, and Ritz and Hott each joined her at 2-for-2 in the day’s first day, it was the pitching that caught headlines on Thursday. Terin Ritz threw a four-inning no-hitter in Thursday’s opening game, and Caitlyn Wells tossed a single-hit, seven-strikeout shutout to take Thursday’s second game by a 12-0 mirror score. Head coach Lacy Darity got some quality burn for Creek’s up-and-comers in that second match, too, with Gracie Nettles leading the team with four RBIs on three hits.
Academy eliminated in uncharacteristic skid
Oklahoma Christian Academy softball came into this week — the week of Class A district playoffs — as one of the hottest teams in the state. Spouting a 13-3 record on Monday, the Lady Eagles suffered a 14-4 loss to Wayne on Tuesday, sending them down a skid that saw them eliminated from district play after losses to Wetumka and Strother on Thursday afternoon.
Senior Tresha Yager hit a team-high two RBIs against Wetumka near noon on Thursday, but Wetumka scored three base hits in the top of the eighth, breaking a 5-all, extra-inning tie to take a two-run lead. Academy’s three batters in the bottom of the eighth then all grounded out systematically, and Wetumka gave Edmond’s Class A team the first blow of the double-elimination tournament.
That still meant OCA had hope. But four Strother runs in the third combined with five more in the sixth and the Yellowjackets negated a Karley Miller score on a Becka Powell single to take the game 9-1, eliminating Academy from postseason.