The Shawnee Lady Wolves and the Altus Lady Bulldogs were battling each other at Missile Park on Saturday and Altus had a firm grip of the lead at 6-2 in the top of the third inning.
But then the rain came and did not let up, forcing officials and coaches to postpone the game until a later date.
That later date came Tuesday in Duncan when the two teams agreed to meet at a neutral site to wrap up the first game and begin the second.
Neutral site or not, the Lady Bulldogs retained some of their heat from Saturday and beat the Lady Wolves by a score of 8-3 in seven innings.
The Lady Bulldogs came through with 10 total hits during the first game and were led by a 2-for-3 performance that included two RBIs by Haley Newman.
Seven of Altus’ 10 active batters scored at least once themselves, while Brooke Hill, Destiny Von Raesfeld and Newman brought runs home for the Lady Bulldogs.
In addition to great hitting, Kymbree McKee had a great day on the mound. At first, McKee appeared shaky as she allowed Shawnee to put a run on the board in each of its first two innings, but she quickly regained her control, striking out four and allowing only one more run in six innings of work.
Emelie Von Raesfeld came in to relieve McKee in the seventh and final inning and kept the Lady Wolves from getting a hit to wrap it up for the Lady Bulldogs and give them the first win of the two games.
Game 2: Too close for comfort
The Lady Bulldogs plan coming into the second of two games was to have the same success they achieved during the first game.
Unfortunately for them, the Lady Wolves turned it into a battle before the final out in the seventh inning.
Shawnee took an early lead, jumping ahead by one in the bottom of the first, but the Lady Bulldogs came out firing in both the second and third innings by putting up two runs in each inning to take a 4-1 lead into Shawnee’s half of the inning.
The Lady Wolves refused to go quietly and pushed three runs across in the bottom of the third after their first batter of the inning singled and their second was hit by a pitch. The third and fourth at-bats resulted in two doubles that scored all three of the runs they needed to tie the game at four.
As a result, the Lady Bulldogs came out strong in the top of the fourth and fifth innings to put some distance between themselves and Shawnee, scoring three in the fourth and one in the fifth to take an 8-4 lead.
All seemed well for the Lady Bulldogs and it appeared they were on their way to a second straight victory, but a four-run rally for Shawnee in the bottom of the sixth allowed the Lady Wolves to tie the game and for Altus to do more.
And that is exactly what they did.
In the top of the seventh, with the game tied at eight, D. Von Raesfeld singled to center field after a Newman grounded out to the shortstop and gave the Lady Bulldogs their first out of the inning.
Baker was next to get on base, reaching first after Shawnee’s catcher dropped a crucial third strike that ultimately allowed the game’s winning run to get on base.
D. Von Raesfeld scored on an error by Shawnee’s catcher and Baker scored after yet another dropped third strike by the Lady Wolves. The two runs put the Bulldogs up 10-8 heading into what would be Shawnee’s last at-bat.
Try as they may, the Lady Wolves scored only once and Altus climbed back on the bus home with two more marks in the win column.
Sydney Simmons and Anna Simmons were responsible for three each of the Lady Bulldogs’ 10 runs that helped McKee during a tough outing with nine earned runs and five walks.
The Bulldogs are slated to play their final game at Missile Park against Lawton MacArthur at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for fifth place in the district.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.