OKLAHOMA CITY — With a powerful wind gusting out to left field, it was no surprise that there were a number of home runs hit in the opening game of the Class 5A State Softball Tournament at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium Tuesday afternoon. The Blanchard Lady Lions hit six out of the park as they run-ruled the Heavener Lady Wolves 26-13.
The first three batters of the game (Liz Broyles, Leslie Miller and Ashley Trent) homered for the Lady Lions, and they went on to score 11 runs in the first inning.
Taylor Wathan had an RBI single, Terran Clark and Kaylynn Maxwell had two-run doubles and Broyles added another home run, a three-run shot to put Blanchard on top 11-0.
The Lady Wolves (27-10) got two runs in the bottom of the inning. Jordan Kannady reached on an error, Lily Friedl singled and Amber Holt hit an RBI single. Lexi Moody had a two-out RBI double to score Holt and get Heavener within nine runs at 11-2.
Blanchard answered with five runs in the second. Terran Clark walked and Sha Ingram followed with an RBI triple. Maxwell then hit an RBI single.
With one out, Heavener Coach Rodale Sanders decided to intentionally walk all three of the next batters (the top of the line-up) which scored Maxwell with the third run of the inning. Wathan singled with two outs to score two more runs and give the Lady Lions a 16-2 lead.
The Lady Wolves finally got some offense going in the third. Kannady singled and Friedl walked. Holt then hit an RBI double. Logan Hinds added a two-run double before Moody added an RBI double to pull Heavener within 16-6.
Blanchard got a run back in the fourth on a sacrifice fly to make it 17-6.
Moriah Smallwood singled to start the bottom of the fourth inning, and Cassidy Caughern hit an RBI triple. With one out, Friedl hit an RBI single and Holt followed with a two-run homer to get the Lady Wolves within seven runs at 17-10.
Broyles hit her third homer of the game in the fifth to put Blanchard back on top 20-10.
Heavener got a run back in the bottom of the inning and trailed 20-11.
Miller hit her second homer of the game, a three-run shot, in the sixth, and the Lady Lions scored six more runs to take a 26-11 lead.
Moody added a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, but Blanchard held on for the run-rule victory.
“We were walking their big hitters, and their other ones were still getting hits,” Sanders said. “It came down to where we had to pitch to them, and they hit it where they needed to hit it. I have three seniors (Hinds, Kannady and Heather Moore), and it was always their goal to make it to state — and we finally got here. Hopefully, all the younger ones will pick up from that, and we can come back. I’m losing those three seniors, but I’m gaining some eighth-graders that are coming (that will help us) get right here again next year. I’m veryproud of them.”
Broyles finished 3-for-3 with three homers, seven runs batted in and five runs scored to lead Blanchard.
Holt finished 4-for-4 with four RBIs and four runs scored, and Moody went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored to lead the Lady Wolves.