Muskogee

Muskogee's Phynix Coleman, stuck in a  rundown between third and home in Saturday's first game of two, slides and scores because of an overthrown ball from Bartlesville third baseman Allyson Tiller to catcher Maggie Largess, with ball. 

 

Everything went Muskogee’s way in game one, and the weather threw in an assist in game two as the Lady Roughers gave fastpitch coach Don Yates a doubleheader sweep in his debut at the helm, 8-0 and 5-3, against Bartlesville at Roughers Park on Saturday in District 6A-3 action.

For Yates, a longtime assistant who landed the job after being passed over two years ago, it was special.

“It was big. Like I told the kids, I’ve been waiting a long time for it, and I want it to be one of many and we’ve got a lot of work to be able to do that,” he said afterward.

“But it felt good. I was standing out there at the national anthem and kind of caught myself thinking, 'this is real.' The girls were pretty pumped up and they could tell I was pretty excited. I think as a coach, your kids will feed off your energy.”

Senior Brookelyn Gilmore agreed.

“Very much so,” she said. “A different energy and attitude.”

A collective offensive effort and a shutout in the circle by Meadow Million propelled the win in the opener. After falling behind early in the second game, Muskogee charged back before a half-hour lightning delay from a system to the north of the park extended again before a downpour made the game official with two outs and the Lady Roughers at bat as the designated visiting team in the top of the sixth.

A five-run fourth helped the Lady Roughers in game one. D’Asia  Brown tripled in a run. Karsyn York’s bunt scored Brown, then Gilmore tripled in two before Amber Purdin singled in a run.

Jordan Simmons was 3-for-4. Gilmore was 2-for-4 with the two RBIs. Purdin also had two RBIs.

All but one Lady Rougher reached base at least once on hits. MHS, which got its scheduled season opener rained out Tuesday, got 12 in all off Caroline Pattison.

“We scrimmaged six or seven games this week to get some work in and we changed a  couple of our hitting drills to fix some things I thought we were doing wrong,” Yates said. “When we finally clued in today we started hitting it on the nose. If we kepe doing thise things, it’s a process of understanding where we’re at and where we want to get.”

Million scattered five hits and struck out four, going the distance.

Trailing after a three-run first, Simmons’ infield single in the third scored a run, then Laynie Gragg’s rifle through the circle and into center plated two to tie the game. The Roughers lost a chance at taking the lead in the inning when with two outs, Phyxnix Coleman singled to right field. Gaulden, pinch running for Gragg, was caught in a rundown when the Bartlesville right fielder’s throw home caught Gaulden between the bases.

But in the fourth, Shania Henry doubled and Brown singled to center, scoring Henry with the run that put MHS up for good. A groundout by Gilmore scored Brown with in insurance run.

“I liked the way we competed, even when we got behind in the second game,” Yates said. “We used a lot of energy and that probably had to do with just getting that first win. We battled back and got the juices going again.”

Million scattered six hits, walked two and struck out three in five innings. Muskogee got 10 hits off Sydney Rice. Seven of the nine Lady Roughers reached with at least one hit. Brown, Purdin and York each had two. Gragg had the only multi-RBI game with her game-tying shot.

Muskogee (2-0) hosts Owasso on Tuesday.