CHICKASHA – The USAO softball team took yet another two from the Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers on Tuesday afternoon and were just a pitch away from a double shutout.
The Drovers dominated the first game, winning it 5-0.
In just the second inning, first baseman Sara Reeves hit her first career home run out to right center, putting the Drovers in the lead.
In the very next inning, she scored again when Taylor Smith doubled down the left line to score both her and Kristin Moyers. Smith scored on the next batter, Markie LaFerney, who singled to center field.
The Drovers got their fifth and final run in the fourth when Ashley Mitchell doubled to right center to score Katie Jirak, who’d earned her spot on base with a bunt.
Neesha Sorrell pitched the complete game, throwing eight strikeouts and earning the win and shutout.
The Drovers started off just as strong in the second game when lead off hitter, Jirak, scored an unearned run off an error.
In the fourth inning, Mitchell singled to right field, advancing to second on a throwing error. Hannah Neil went in as a pinch runner and scored off an RBI single by Smith.
The Drovers were in place for another shutout but got into some trouble in the top of the seventh. With two quick outs, the Rangers loaded the bases with a walk, a single and a hit-by-pitch. The Drovers then walked a fourth batter to give the Rangers a run.
Brooke McLeod then came in as the pitcher to save the game, throwing a ground out to shortstop.
Morgan Singleton pitched the first 6.2 innings, throwing three strikeouts and earning her fourth win.
The Drovers are 24-12 overall and 8-6 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
They move on to play at Oklahoma Christian on Thursday before returning home to take on Rogers State for a doubleheader on Monday at 2 p.m. That will be the second annual Strike Out Cancer pink game and fans are encouraged to wear pink.