Lady Trojans run rule Ponca City
After trailing 3-0 in the top of the first inning, Jenks softball rallied to defeat Ponca City 14-3 by run rule in the middle of the fifth.
The Wildcats (6-15) opened the game with confidence, scoring three earned runs.
“That first inning they had two down the line and they had a baserunner in scoring position,” coach Todd Williams said. “They did what they needed to do to score those runs. It wasn’t anything we did to help them. Had a passed ball to help them move up a base but other than that they just swung it good that first inning. It took us a little while to get on track.”
It appeared Ponca City might ride the lead, however, the Lady Trojans (11-4) later answered back with authority.
Two scoreless innings from Jenks were followed by seven runs scored in the third and fourth. Jenks put up enough for the run rule after changing its attitude.
“We finally were patient at the plate,” Williams said. “We got good pitches to swing at. Early on we were pressed a little bit, so we took pitches out of the zone.”
Tara Hall’s four runs-batted-in led the team. Hall finished going 2-for-3 at the plate and scoring two runs.
Jordyn Pipkin trailed not far behind Hall with three RBI’s on 2-for-3 hitting.
Pipkin also stood out in the circle.
In three innings, Pipkin held the Wildcats to just one hit and she struck out four.
It took some time, but once the Lady Trojans put their minds to the task at hand the victory was easy to secure.
“I think they know they can. It’s just a matter of getting locked in every pitch. That’s what we talk about, every pitch matters. Some games we have that approach and some games we have to be reminded,” Williams said.
Jenks may have entered the game with sluggish attitudes, affecting the score in the beginning of the contest.
“The first time we played them we beat them 10-0 and I think we weren’t as focused early as we should be,” Williams said. “When we got behind, I think they finally locked in and played the way they usually do.”
This weekend Jenks will be at the Bixby Tournament. The Lady Trojans will face the likes of Skiatook (12-7), Broken Arrow, (20-2), Ft. Gibson (10-3) on Friday and Glenpool (3-8) Saturday.