CHICKASHA – On Friday afternoon, the Drovers hosted the first day of their second annual Festival in February softball tournament at the Chickasha Sports Complex — and they claimed three more victories.
Facing McPherson College twice and Sterling College once, the Drovers went 3-0 on the day. Lubbock Christian, a SAC team the Drovers faced twice Thursday, is the other team participating in the tournament.
The Drovers have a 6-4 overall record after Friday. They go on to play Sterling College at 11 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s play will be bracket style, so they will face either McPherson or LCU at 1 p.m.
Game 1: McPherson College
In the first game of the afternoon against McPherson College, USAO struck first when Ashley Mitchell doubled along the left line, scoring right fielder Markie LaFerney.
Two innings later, the Drovers added to their lead with runs by Skyler Nichols, LaFerney and Mitchell. Mitchell went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs in the game.
The Drovers added their final run in the bottom of the sixth when Whitney St. John singled to left field, scoring shortstop Taylor Smith, who had just tripled. The Drovers gave up three runs in the top of the seventh and won 5-3.
Neesha Sorrell pitched the entire game, throwing 10 strikeouts and allowing just two hits.
Game 2: Sterling College
Taking on Sterling College immediately after, the Drovers were amped and ready from the get go.
With runners on base in the first inning, Smith doubled to left field to score Mitchell and LaFerney. The next at bat, catcher Kayla Adams hit a double to bring in Smith.
In the next inning, Mitchell doubled to center field, scoring Nichols and Chelsea Zuchnik.
The Drovers scored their final run of the game in the third inning when Adams — who had tripled — scored off an RBI by Sara Reeves.
The Drovers, led by pitcher Morgan Singleton, went on to shut out Sterling College 6-0. Singleton, who pitched all seven innings, threw 10 strikeouts.
Game 3: McPherson College
In the third and final game of the day, the Drovers took on McPherson College again, this time run-ruling them in five innings.
The Drovers scored five runs in both the first and second innings and held on to the lead to win it 10-1.
Mitchell continued her success on the day, going 2-for-2 with a run and two RBIs. Kristin Moyers, who was playing third base, went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.
Elizabeth Agpalo and Brooke McLeod had two runs and an RBI each in the game.
Agpalo spent all five innings in the circle, throwing eight strikeouts.