“My second hit was right down the middle, and my first hit was outside,” Taylor Williams said.
Slawson drove in Bailey Williams with a double down the third base line to make it 3-0 Cowgirls. Both Taylor Williams and Slawson scored when a shot from Rylee Smith bounced off Coalgate right fielder Sara Shockey’s glove.
“My pitches were all over the place, inside, outside, middle,” Slawson said. “I think the first hit was inside, the second was outside, and I think one of them was middle. The last hit was probably a little too high, I shouldn’t have swung at it. But I saw a little bit of everything.”
Smith took second on the error and scored to make it 6-0 Cowgirls one batter later, when two Ladycat infielders collided tracking a pop fly from Alex Hackler.
Though Slawson dominated at the plate through the first five innings, spotty defense helped Coalgate get back in the game late. With two runners in scoring position and no outs in the top of the sixth, Tori Lampkin drove in one run with an RBI groundout, then another scored when third baseman Miranda Stiles’ throw to second sailed into the outfield.
In the top of the seventh, Coalgate got its first two on when left fielder Elizabeth Mitchell dropped a fly ball, then Stiles bobbled a grounder. Both Ladycats scored on a one-out double to left by Kendra Coslow, and Shelby Martindale then singled to right to score Coslow and cut Kiowa’s lead to 6-5.
Bent but refusing to break because of the unearned runs, Slawson got Lampkin to ground out to second for the second out of the seventh, then got Shockey to ground out to third to end the game.
“Close game, good game, but we just started a little too late,” Coalgate coach Kerwin Manion said.