, Muskogee, OK

August 28, 2013

Better late than never: Muskogee rallies to beat Lady Sandites in extra innings

Phoenix staff report

— For Muskogee’s Carlee Gann, getting her only hit of the game came when the team needed it most on Tuesday at Rougherettes Park.

Gann launched a one-out triple to right field in the bottom of the 10th inning, scoring Lexi Watson, then came home with the winning run on an overthrow at third as the Lady Roughers beat Sand Springs 7-6 in District 6A-3 action.

Watson was on second as the game reverted to the international tie-breaker rule which takes effect in the 10th inning in district games. The Lady Roughers scored all their runs off of Mallory Collins who has committed to Oklahoma State.

Shaylee Rowland pitched all 10 innings for Muskogee and saw her record improve to 7-2 while Muskogee jumped to 10-2 on the season, 5-0 in district. Sand Springs fell to 8-3 on the year, 2-1 in district action.

“We showed a lot of composure,” said Muskogee coach Keith Coleman. “Mallory (Collins) is one of the best pitchers in the state.”

The scoring in the game was started in the top of the first inning when the Lady Sandites pushed one run across.

The Lady Roughers erased the single-digit deficit with four runs, all with two outs, in the bottom of the third to take a 4-1 lead. Kaitlin Kaiser scored the first run on a single by Aubrey Johnson, Rowland singled to bring home Johnson, Watson doubled and Dee Emarthle singled home Rowland and Watson to end the scoring in the frame.

The Lady Roughers made the score 5-1 on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice from Bailee Hendrickson, scoring her sister Brook.

“There in the third inning, we really started hitting the ball well,” Coleman said. “Against a kid like Mallory Collins, you don’t expect to score four or five runs in a game. Against her, you’re hoping to scratch across a couple and then get good pitching and play good defense.”

Sand Springs began to chip away at Muskogee’s lead with two runs in the fifth inning and tied the score at 5-5 with two more runs in the sixth. Sand Springs had scoring opportunities in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings but the Lady Roughers buckled down and kept the score tied.

“Shaylee and our defense really did a great job in the last five innings,” Coleman said. “They had so many chances to score. Hats off the Shaylee, being a senior and a leader and giving us a chance to win.”

For the game, Rowland was 3-for-4 at the plate with a run batted in, Emarthle was 2-for-4 with the two RBIs and Kaiser was also 2-for-4.

“Sand Springs was picked by a lot of people this year in Class 6A,” Coleman said. “We knew this was going to be a seven-inning game and it turned out to be a 10-inning game. We knew up 5-1 in the fourth there was a lot of softball to be played.”