McALESTER — The McAlester Lady Buffaloes have already played 16 games this season, winning 10 of them. Five of those wins have come against district teams, but the Lady Buffs still have seven district games left before Regionals begin on Oct. 10.
The Lady Buffs picked up two huge district wins Tuesday, sweeping a home doubleheader against Guthrie, 9-8 and 7-6.
“Last night was a big test of character for us,” Lady Buffs coach Justin Bond said Wednesday. “We showed we can still get it done when things are at their toughest.”
“Our goals for our team is to be district champs, regional champs, state champs. ... All our team goals are still available.”
As Bond predicted before the season, pitching has been the team’s biggest strength. Cheyenne Selman has started every game so far, averaging more than 8 strikeouts per game and posting a solid 1.58 earned run average.
Behind Selman, the Lady Buffs have gotten 11.1 solid outings from freshman Adisyn Webster, who’s 2-0 in four appearances with a 1.24 ERA. Webster pitched 7 1/3 innings of relief Tuesday, giving up five hits and just one earned run.
“She’s a very athletic player, and she’s still learning the game,” Bond said of Webster. “I think seeing the next level has kind of made her hungry to compete. And as for the other freshmen that’s been out there, Brynn (Vaughan), it makes it a little more real, a little more serious. They’re a little more locked-in than the typical freshman.”
Though the Lady Buffs’ pitching has been solid, Bond said he’s still looking for more consistency on defense and at the plane. Selman leads the team with a .510 batting average, two home runs and 22 RBIs, but the Lady Buffs have also gotten solid numbers from Vhitney Garner, who’s batting .469, and Stacey Washington, who’s batting .358.