The Lady Bulldogs had their work cut out for them at the Class 5A regional softball tournament, but were prepared and to take on some of the toughest teams in their class.
Things did not go as planned during the first game against the El Reno Lady Indians.
El Reno fought its way to a 23-10 record this season to place the group among the elite teams in Class 5A. Some reasons for the success were on display in Ardmore.
The Lady Indians jumped out to an early lead after a four-run first inning and a one-run second, but the Lady Bulldogs managed to keep it close after plating one in the top of the third.
Down by four, the Lady Bulldogs were hoping to retire El Reno’s batters with three consecutive outs in the bottom of the third, but the Lady Indians had other plans.
El Reno’s lead-off hitter punched a home run over the left field wall to increase the Lady Indians’ lead and it seemed to set the tone for the inning before it was over. El Reno also managed to tack on an additional eight runs to take a 14-1 lead going into the fourth inning.
Neither Altus nor El Reno could get anything going through the remaining one and one-half innings and the Lady Bulldogs dropped their first game of the tournament.
Kelsee Baker had both of the Lady Bulldogs two hits and one RBI, while Haley Newman scored their lone run.
Game 2: Altus has 20 hits to sink Capitol Hill
Their second game of the tournament produced a much different outcome.
Capitol Hill struck first, plating three in the top of the first to take the lead, but the Lady Bulldogs refused to repeat their first game and fought back to score three of their own.
Capitol Hill could get nothing else going until the fifth inning, but by then the Bulldogs had jumped ahead by a score of 12-3, after plating four in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth.
Capitol Hill’s rally was cut short after getting only two runs in the top of the fifth. Altus put them away for good by scoring three more.
Kymbree McKee was solid on the mound, allowing only three earned runs in three hits and striking out seven, while relief pitcher Sydney Simmons struck out two.
Destiny Smalts had a monstrous performance at the plate, going 4-for-4, scoring three times, and bringing another across home plate. Cragin Steed was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs and Kelsee Baker was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.
Game 3: Ardmore ends Altus’ season
Ardmore, like El Reno, finished the season with more than 20 wins, and the Lady Bulldogs knew it would be a tough matchup.
Unfortunately, Altus’ season ended with a loss to the Lady Tigers.
Although Altus managed six hits to Ardmore’s five, 12 Altus errors spelled the end for the Lady Bulldogs in a 10-2 defeat Thursday.
Ardmore only scored three runs in the first four innings, giving the Lady Bulldogs plenty of opportunities to score on the 22-win team, but the Bulldogs could only manage one in the fifth and one in the sixth and by then it was too late.
Ardmore added four in the fifth and three in the seventh to claim the game and advance to face off against El Reno.
In a game riddled with errors, the Lady Tigers also managed to strike out an impressive 14 Lady Bulldog batters
McKee pitched the entire game for Altus and only gave up one earned run in five hits, doing everything she could to keep the game close, but missed opportunities on the base path ultimately sank the team.
The Lady Bulldogs finish the season with a 9-24 record in Coach Joey Stengell’s first year.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.