Softball drops tough game to Southmoore in state tournament

Softball drops tough game to Southmoore in state tournament

OKLAHOMA CITY – Jenks softball lost a heartbreaker to end its season Oct. 15 with a 7-6 loss to Southmoore in the opening round of the 6A State Softball Tournament at the Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

Emma Lang got the start in the circle for the Lady Trojans, while Emma Vickery was behind the plate.

The game was scoreless through two innings when Jenks got the party started in the bottom of third with five runs.

The Lady Trojans had eight hits in the inning. Natalie Rodman started the frame with a single, Faith Russell then had a single of her own, Jessica Watson then had an RBI single scoring Rodman, Vickery then had an RBI single scoring Russell, Kylie Hill had an RBI single scoring Watson, Kayla Adams had a single, Avery Brewer had an RBI single scoring Vickery and Rodman got her second hit of the inning on an RBI single scoring Adams.

The five-run lead wouldn’t last long, as Southmoore scored three runs on Lang in the top of the fourth. The SaberCats added two more runs scoring one in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Adams came into the pitch for Jenks in the top of the fifth with two outs.

The Lady Trojans would reclaim the lead in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single from Vickery scoring Watson, who was on second following a double earlier in the inning.

With a one-run lead going into the seventh, Jenks coach Todd Williams brought Lang back into the game to close it out, but Southmoore hit two homeruns in the top of the frame to take a 7-6 lead.

The Lady Trojans got one runner on in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t get her across the plate.

Jenks had 10 hits in the game.

Lang finished with the loss and allowed six runs on eight hits, four walks with two strikeouts. Adams allowed one run on three hits and one walk.

Southmoore went on to win the 6A state championship.

Kyle Salomon

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