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April 11, 2014

Connors State roundup


Phoenix staff reports

Connors softball sweeps a pair



TISHOMINGO –Connors State stepped out of Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference softball play Thursday to sweep Division II Murray State 10-0 and 7-0 Thursday on the Aggies’ diamond.

The Cowgirls will take a 26-7 record against Seminole State at 2 p.m. today at the Connors Softball Complex.

Kristen Reasnor, who was the winning pitcher (10-3) scattered four hits and had five strikeouts in the opener while blasting a three-run homer in the sixth inning, her second of the game. Connors took a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run homer by Reasnor.

In the fourth inning Vian’s Chelsie Drew’s 10th home run of the season, a three-run blast, gave Connors a 6-0 advantage.

In the finale Jessica Christian (5-0) got more long ball support. Drew hit her 12th, a two-run blast, and Rikki Wooten connected on her second homer of the season, a three-run shot.



Another honor for CSC’s Atwood



Connors State sophomore forward Willie Atwood from Memphis, Tenn., has been named third team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American, it was announced Thursday.

The 6-foot-8 Atwood, the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference and Region II Player of the Year, averaged 20.8 points last season in leading the Cowboys to a 23-7 record. He was also named to the Region II All-Tournament team.

Atwood is Cowboy head coach Bill Muse’s 14th  junior college All-American in his 22-year coaching stint at Connors.



Connors powers way to baseball split



SEMINOLE — Connors State unloaded the heavy lumber after a 9-1 loss in the opener of a baseball doubleheader with Seminole State on Thursday, claiming a 17-3 run-rule affair in the second game and settling for a split.

The two clubs will battle again in a doubleheader on Saturday at Biff Thompson Field, starting at 1 p.m. The top-ranked Cowboys are now 33-6 overall and 5-1 in OCAC play, while Seminole is 25-11 and 3-3 in league action.

The two clubs combined for six homers in the two games with Connors blasting five in the second game. Christian Perez’s third home run of the year, a solo shot, and Eric Kirkpatrick’s fourth of the year, a two-run blast, made it 3-0.

Meanwhile, Jamil Rivera (7-1) went seven innings, scattering three hits, including a up a three-run homer in the first inning to tie the ball game. Rivera had seven strikeouts.

Connors regained the lead in the second inning on Austin Catron’s solo homer, his second, for a 4-3 lead. In the third Connors’ Tyson Tackett walked and Poteete blasted a two-run homer, the Hilldale ex’s second of the year, for a 6-3 Cowboy lead.

Up 7-3 after four, the Cowboys exploded for six runs in the fifth, including Poteete’s second homer of the day and third of the year, a grand slam.

Perez collected three base hits, while Poteete had two homers and seven RBIs in the game.  Tyler Fourkiller, Trevor Crone and Jake Borrego had two hits each.

In the first game the Trojans scored five runs in the first inning and never trailed against Cowboys starter Justin Hammill (6-1), who went 4 2/3 innings.  Connors scored its only run in the fourth inning when Poteete doubled off the wall and came home on a passed ball.