Phoenix staff report
TULSA – The Muskogee Lady Roughers kept their District 6A-3 fastpitch record unblemished on Monday with a 3-0 win over Union.
The Lady Roughers improved to 4-0 in district play, 9-2 overall, while the Lady Redskins fell to 3-7, 0-3 in district.
“It was a good job getting out of here with a win,” said Muskogee coach Keith Coleman. “Union every year is a really good program. They’ve started off slow but have played a ridiculously tough schedule. They’re much better than their record shows and no doubt in my mind, Union’s going to be in the hunt.”
Shaylee Rowland started in the circle for Muskogee and saw her record increase to 6-2 on the season. Rowland limited Union to four hits while striking out four.
“Shaylee really controlled the game from beginning to end,” Coleman said. “She did a good job and we did just enough to sweep out with a win.”
The Lady Roughers opened the scoring in the second inning with two runs. Nia Maxwell got her only hit of the game which drove in Muskogee’s first run of the game and Bailee Hendrickson, who went 2-for-2, drove in her only run of the contest to close out the scoring in the inning. Brook Hendrickson ended the scoring for Muskogee, bringing in the final run on a fielder’s choice.
Dee Emarthle, Lexi Watson and Rowland all went 2-for-4 in the game with Watson scoring one run.
The last time the two schools met was in the slowpitch state tournament quarterfinals, won by Union, and Coleman said that outcome had no bearing on Monday’s matchup.
“We didn’t talk about that,” he said. “If you can’t get up to play Union then something’s wrong with you. In fastpitch and slowpitch the last few years, they’re probably the best softball program in Oklahoma.”