KIOWA — The Kiowa Cowgirls probably expected another solid performance from senior pitching ace and leadoff hitter Madi Slawson.
Getting an equally solid performance from freshman nine-hole hitter Taylor Williams might’ve left the Cowgirls pleasantly surprised.
Slawson and Williams batted a combined 5-for-7 with three RBIs and three runs, leading the Cowgirls to a 6-5 win at home against the Coalgate Ladycats on Tuesday. The game wrapped the regular softball season for Kiowa, which will host a Class A district tournament Tuesday.
“If we play like that, we’ll be fine,” Kiowa coach Keith Quaid said. “For the most part we were pretty solid defensively, and we had some key hits, some big hits, timely hits. And then Madi pitched a really good ballgame, did a good job of keeping them off balance.”
The Williams-Slawson combo first struck in the bottom of the second. Kiowa had gotten its first two runners on via walks, but Coalgate catcher Kenzi Pebworth picked off Bless Roberts at third, then Bre Mitchell bunted foul with two strikes for the second out of the inning.
With Bailey Williams at third, Taylor Williams golfed a pitch from Ladycat starter Karley Shores into center field for an RBI. Slawson then doubled to left to score Taylor and make it 2-0 Cowgirls.
“She’s starting to hit the ball a lot better, and we’re really looking forward to her doing that, especially out of the nine-spot,” Quaid said of Taylor Williams. “Usually, you’re hoping they get on every now and then, but she’s been getting on quite frequently lately.”
Taylor Williams and Slawson struck again in the bottom of the fourth. After Bailey Williams led off the inning with a single and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Mitchell, Taylor singled to center to put runners at the corners.