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March 29, 2014

Lady Tigers maul Lady Miners

HARTSHORNE — Just three Hartshorne Lady Miners got to bat more than once in Thursday’s game against the Oktaha Lady Tigers.

All 10 Oktaha starters batted at least twice in the first inning.

Oktaha exploded for 15 first-inning runs and never looked back, eventually run-ruling Hartshorne 22-0 in three innings Thursday at the 2014 Miner Slow Pitch Festival at Ruth & Vernon Hodge Field.

“We’re capable of hitting like that up and down the lineup,” Oktaha coach Kia Holmes said.

“We may go out right now and not even score a run, or we may score 30. You don’t know about us.”

Callie Barnes led off the top of the first inning by reaching first on an error. Sierra Elam and Kelsey Cantwell then drew back-to-back walks to load the bases.

That set up Caitlin Sikes, who knocked one into center field to put Oktaha up 1-0.

Kallee King drew a bases-loaded walk to force in another run, then Bailey Sylva singled into center field. A Hartshorne error allowed another run to score to make it 4-0.

Hartshorne second baseman Rachel Baker dropped what would’ve been the first out of the game to reload the bases, then Cody Wiedel blooped one into right field to score another run.

When it comes to hitting in slowpitch, placement matters as much as or possibly even more than power, as there are 10 defensive players in the field instead of the nine in fastpitch. Though the Lady Miners committed five errors, those free bases paled in comparison to the Lady Tigers’ 19 base hits, all of which landed in places devoid of defensive players.

The blowout came right after Oktaha beat Wister 6-5.

“We just really hit the ball well today,” Holmes said. “We seemed much more focused that second game, and I think that had something to do with it. That first game, we were lucky enough to win, but we definitely weren’t on our game and weren’t focused, and you could see at the plate the difference.”

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