Softball Notebook: Seniors leading Collinsville
BY LYNN JACOBSEN World Sports Writer
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
9/30/09 at 10:59 AM
The play of seniors Lacie Cook, Kylee Cole, Rachael Pitts and Emily Varner is just one reason for the success of Class 5A No. 4 Collinsville this season.
Cook leads Collinsville with a .507 batting average while Cole has shouldered all the pitching duties this season.
"She's our leadoff hitter and the spark that gets us going," Cardinals coach Mike Henry said. "Kylee has been our pitcher for four years. This is the first year we have relied on her totally. Our record is her record. She's pitched every game."
"As our catcher, Rachael is not intimidated by any pitcher when she steps into the (batter's) box," Henry said. "Emily has been a really big surprise with her hitting, she's batting .435. As a team, we are batting over .400."
Freshman Samantha Smith has been a pleasant surprise with a batting average better than .400 while sophomore Maryssa Trost leads the team in home runs with four.
Kelley, Coweta moving forward: Sophomore Katie Kelley is getting it done for 5A No. 3 Coweta (24-5) in the field and on offense.
She was 11-for-11 at the plate in a four-game stretch last week, driving in 10 runs to lead the team in hitting at .446. She boasts a 22-5 record with a 0.57 earned run average and 173 strikeouts.
Senior Morgan Rockwell is next at .417, followed by Candace Keller (.387), Hanna Wilkinson (.385) and Cheyenne Thomas (.382) to lead the team's .384 batting average.
Wagnon fans 23 twice: Beggs senior pitcher Shelbie Wagnon struck out 23 hitters in a 2-1 loss to Oktaha in 10 innings. Wagnon also fanned 23 while throwing a no-hitter against Victory Christian to push her season total to 181 strikeouts in 98 innings.
Wagnon boasts a 0.64 earned run average and an 11-9 record. She is also among the team's top hitters at .382 with five doubles and 12 RBIs.
Thompson paces Sandites: Sand Springs pitcher Madison Thompson was 4-0 in the Yukon Tournament last week. The junior struck out 46 in victories over Stillwater, Choctaw, Norman North and Jenks. She allowed just three earned runs and 11 hits.
"I like how we are playing," coach Shellie Brown said. "We had a really good weekend and won again (Monday). We're on a four-game win streak. It's been hard getting any consistency because of the weather."
The Sandites (14-11) are in the Union regional next week, along with Bixby and Choctaw. Union defeated Sand Springs 1-0 on an unearned run last week and defeated Choctaw 3-0 also last week.