, Muskogee, OK

September 14, 2013

Prep softball roundup: FGHS captures Oologah title

Phoenix staff report

— It capped a pretty nice rivalry weekend for Fort Gibson.

Miranda Cherry doubled home two runs in the first and another two-bagger by Sydney Murray in the fifth helped the Class 4A No. 4 Lady Tigers to a 3-0 win over crosstown rival and top-ranked 4A Hilldale in pool play finals of the Oologah Tournament on Saturday.

Then, the icing on the cake came when Fort Gibson beat Chandler 2-0 in the finals. Madison Higley pitched a pair of five-hit, five-strikeout performances in the win.

Fort Gibson (22-4) has won nine straight games, eight played this week.

“Any chance you get to play the No. 1 team, be it Hilldale or not, it’s a fun opportunity. This just adds to it because the girls all know each other and play summer ball together,” FGHS coach Jaime Snyder said.

“Once we were to the finals, we figured we might as well win.  Seriously, it was great to not have a letdown after an emotional win.”

Destiny Riddle took the loss for Hilldale, which then beat Oologah 1-0 for third place to run its record to 24-3. Hillary Calvert broke up a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with her first home run of the season for the only run of the game. Riddle came back to get the win, losing a no-hitter with two outs in the seventh, striking out seven and improving to 19-2 on the season.

Against 3A No. 8 Chandler, Cherry’s fielder’s choice scored Mackenzie Williams, who doubled to start the threat, for a 1-0 lead in the first. In the fourth, Emilee Rigsby singled in Brooke Benham, who walked and later advanced to second.

Higley allowed four hits in a 1-0 loss to Hilldale on Aug. 29 at Fort Gibson. The two meet for a third time at Hilldale on Tuesday.

Lady Roughers win

Muskogee won both its games on Saturday in the Carl Albert Tournament, run-ruling Shawnee 9-1 and beating three-time defending Class 3A champion Little Axe 7-1.

Shaylee Rowland won the first game for the Lady Roughers (22-4), improving to 15-4 on the year, scattering four hits while striking out two. Lexi Watson kept her record perfect at 7-0 with the win over Little Axe, also scattering four hits with eight strikeouts.

Watson had a good day at the plate for the day as she was 5-for-7 in the two games with a home run, her fourth of the year, two doubles, three runs scored and five runs batted in. Carlee Gann was 4-for-7 on the day with three RBIs while Dee Emarthle was 3-for-7 with a double, two runs scored and one RBI as the Lady Roughers had seven batters have multi-hit games on Saturday.

The Lady Roughers next play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bartlesville.