CHICKASHA – The Drovers dropped in both games against the No. 11 Oklahoma City Stars in the Thursday afternoon doubleheader at Bill Smith Ballpark.
The Drovers just couldn’t connect at the plate in the first game, which the Stars won 7-0, despite Morgan Bratcher throwing five strikeouts.
Game two seemed to be heading in the same direction, as the Drovers gave up six runs in the first two innings. But the Drovers began their comeback in the bottom of the third.
With two outs already on the board and Sara Reeves, having walked, on first, Katie Jirak bunted to first and advanced to second on an error. The bases were then loaded when OCU pitcher Emily Krienke hit Hannah Neill with the pitch.
At that point, Krienke walked in a run, scoring Reeves and placing Kayla Adams on first. Zuchnik then singled to left field to score Jirak.
But the inning wasn’t over. Brooke McLeod, who pitched in the game, singled to left field to score Neill before the inning ended.
With the score 6-0, the Drovers gave up one more run in the top of the fourth, but added another three in the bottom of the inning.
With Reeves again on base after a single, Markie LaFerney knocked a bunt and beat it out to first. Jirak followed with a similar play to load the bases again.
Adams, the Drovers’ catcher, got up to the plate and hit a solid double over the head of the OCU left fielder to score all three runners.
Despite the six runs in those two innings, the Drovers couldn’t overcome the deficit and fell in the bottom of the seventh 8-6.
McLeod threw four strikeouts and no walks in her seven innings in the circle.
The Drovers finish out a three-day run with a doubleheader at (RV) Oklahoma Baptist on Friday beginning at noon. The Drovers defeated OBU in both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader.