CHICKASHA – With both Drover baseball and softball seasons ending the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament, our final In the Saddle of the season is a special two-part show, featuring Assistant Softball Coach Ken Richardson and Assistant Baseball Coach Sam Hayden.
The Drover softball team (37-24) is ending a strong season that led to the most wins for the program since 2006.
CHICKASHA – After one of the best seasons in school history, the Drover softball team saw nine players earn postseason conference honors, including a Newcomer of the Year.
Kaylin Taylor, a freshman from Purcell, was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year and All-SAC First Team.
Joining Taylor on first team was shortstop Taylor Smith. Five other Drovers — Courtney Capps, Kayla Adams, McKenna Eubank, Dani Warren, Tate Landmark and Jaci Booker — were named All-Conference Second Team.
SHAWNEE – An early lead wasn’t enough to overcome the No. 1 Oklahoma Baptist Bison on Saturday evening in the Drovers’ second game of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (26-22) took a 3-0 lead, but the strong Bison offense began firing to secure the 10-4 win.
It didn’t take long for the Drovers to start the offense. Lead-off hitter Ryan Wescott singled to left field in the first inning and was brought home two batters later on a ground out by Jaime Gurrola.
SHAWNEE – The Drovers end one of the best seasons in school history with an extra-innings loss at the hands of host No. 13 Oklahoma Baptist in their final game of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament.
It was the second game in a row that was forced into extra innings for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (37-24). The Lady Bison (43-15) came from behind to take the 4-1 win in eight innings.
SHAWNEE – Knowing they needed three wins to make a return trip to the NAIA Baseball National Championship tournament, the Drover baseball team started off its postseason play with a 5-0 shutout against fourth-seeded Wayland Baptist.
In the regular season, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma(26-21) and the Pioneers (32-21) battled to one-run games in all three contests of the series, but that wasn’t the case in post-season, as the Drovers crossed the plate five times and a solid performance on the mound kept the Pioneers at bay.
SHAWNEE – The Drovers, now 1-1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament, dropped in extra innings in Thursday’s second game to Mid-America Christian, a team that is making a much-needed run in the tournament.
In the previous game, seventh-seeded MACU (32-26) upset No.15 Oklahoma Baptist, the tournament’s second-seed.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (37-23) fell to the Evangels 8-5 in the ninth inning.