Lady Whippets earn their first win of the season with 17 hits against Dover
The Okeene High School softball team started their season last week with a busy slate of games to kick off the slowpitch schedule. Once again, Okeene has agreed to a co-op with Aline-Cleo, and the bunch played five games last week.
After dropping a doubleheader in Timberlake on Monday, the Lady Whippets got their first win of the season against Dover. From there, Okeene took part in Ringwood’s Spring Swing at Kellet Park in Enid, where they dropped contests to Waukomis and Pioneer.
At the doubleheader on Monday, Okeene lost to Timberlake 8-4 and Ringwood 10-1 in their first action of the season. Against Timberlake, Lauren Luckie went 2-3 with a single and double, while Gentry Biggs, Elizabeth Wallace and Caitlin Outhier each had singles.
Hannah Nease added a triple in the contest, while Hayley Spaeth and Peyton Rauch each drove in runs via the fielder’s choice.
Against Ringwood, runs were hard to come by for Okeene. Still, Wallace singled in the third inning for one of her two hits, and was later driven in by Nease on a single. Luckie and Alexus Naugle each added singles in the game as well.
The Lady Whippets only home game of the week came on Tuesday against Dover, where the Okeene bats exploded in a 15-2 victory over the Lady Horns. Okeene put up 17 hits on the night, led by three from Naugle he cracked a pair of home runs and single.
Rauch also connected for a home run in the contest, while Luckie and Outhier combined for three singles apiece. Tiffany Lorenz also collected her first single of the season, while Wallace Biggs, King and Nease all added a pair of hits as well.
In the weekend tournament, four-straight hits to lead off the game by Nease, Rauch, Naugle and Luckie produced two runs to grab an early advantage against Waukomis, but that was all Okeene could muster in the contest.
The Lady Chiefs put up 12-unanswered runs over the next four innings, and won by a score of 12-2 to knock Okeene into the Consolation Bracket.
Later that day, Okeene took on Pioneer where they collected 17 hits for the second time of the week. Unfortunately, those 17 hits only amounted to six runs as the Lady Mustangs won by a score of 11-6.
Wallace and Rauch each recorded three hits in the contest, while Rauch scored all three times she reached base. Outhier added two singles and an RBI, while Luckie drove in a pair of runners and scored a third one on her own.
Eventually, weather shutdown the rest of the tournament, bringing Okeene’s busy week to an end with a 1-4 record.
Next up, Okeene will join the junior high team in hosting Cherokee on Monday, March 23. The junior high will kick things off at 5 p.m. with the high school game to follow immediately after.