By Jimmy Stinson
The Muskogee Lady Roughers found there was no sting to the Booker T. Washington Lady Hornets in a doubleheader on Friday at Rougherettes Park.
Shaylee Rowland and Lexi Watson each threw a no-hitter and the Lady Roughers pounded out a total of 29 hits and scored 25 runs as Mukogee run-ruled the Lady Hornets 10-0 in the opener and 15-0 in the nightcap.
“Two district games for us, two games we had to win,” said Muskogee coach Keith Coleman. ”Talking to their (Washington) coaches before the game, they’re young with a lot of freshman and sophomores playing. Hats off to them, they have great attitudes and have fun.”
Rowland had seven strikeouts and improved to 9-2 on the year with the win in game one. The only Lady Hornet to reach base was Nikki Driver who reached on an error. Watson ran her record to 4-0, recording four strikeouts while surrendering two walks.
In game one, Rowland opened the scoring in the first inning with a drive down the right-field line for an RBI single, scoring Aubrey Johnson who had singled and stole second, and later scored on a single to center by Carlee Gann.
Muskogee added two more runs in the second when Bailee Hendrickson singled and was driven in on a hard shot to right field by Rowland. In the third inning, Muskogee, who improved to 13-2 on the year and 7-0 in District 6A-3, added two more runs when Gann singled and scored on a single by Brook Hendrickson who scored on a single to left by Nia Maxwell.
The hardest hit of the game came in the fourth inning off the bat of Rowland. With a 1-0 count, Rowland hit a long fly ball that bounced off the scoreboard in right field for a home run.
“It was inside, right on my hip,” Rowland said. “I was just going to swing and I didn’t expect it to go over. I thought it was just a line drive.”
Muskogee plated two more runs on back-to-back singles by Gann and Dee Emarthle and a two-run double to the gap in left field by Brook Hendrickson. Hattie Mat-thews scored the last run for Muskogee after hitting a double and was driven in on a double by Johnson.
“Another good night for Shaylee, we expect that from her,” Coleman said. “She’s our ace and we expect her to go and compete. We had that scoreboard put up in 2006 and the only person who has ever hit it is Shaylee.”
Muskogee wasted little time in the nightcap as Johnson led off with a single followed by a walk to Rowland and a two-run double by Watson.
”I could have waited on the pitcher some more, but they were still good hits,” Watson said.
Gann and Brook Hendrickson both reached on singles and were driven in on a single by Dymin Purdin. Making her first varsity start, Purdin, who was 1-for-1 with two walks and two runs scored, was excited about the opportunity to play with the big team.
“It was fun playing with the varsity,” she said. “I know I have to work on hitting and I should have waited a little more on the pitch.”
Muskogee plated nine runs in the second inning and two more in the fourth inning. Carrie Kirby took both losses for the Lady Hornets who fell to 4-10 on the year, 0-8 in 6A-3.
In the first game, Rowland, Gann and Brook Hendrickson were all 3-for-3 with Hendrickson collecting three RBIs and Gann with one RBI. Rowland had three RBIs and the home run. Every Rougher starter reached base and scored in the second game with Johnson going 3-for-3, Emarthle was 3-for-4 and Maxwell was 2-for-2 with three RBIs.
Muskogee returns to action next Thursday at the Coweta tournament where they will face Booker T. Washington again along with Haskell and Tahlequah.