FORT GIBSON—As Khan said to Captain Kirk in Star Trek II, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”
Well it certainly wasn’t cold Tuesday afternoon but the Fort Gibson Lady Tigers did get their revenge with a 2-1 win over Coweta in an inter-class battle, avenging an earlier 8-0 loss to the Tigers of the North.
It was a classic pitcher’s duel through the first four innings between Fort Gibson’s Nia Polzin and Coweta’s Tarun Robinson as well as the coaches -— Joe Obregon of Fort Gibson and Desiree Booker of Coweta.
“You know any time we play a team coached by Desiree it’s just a battle. She was at Blanchard, and she came to Coweta last year and we played them at Piedmont, and decided to put together some games this year because you know when you play her team, you’re going to play some good softball.
“I think both teams got better as a result of today’s game.”
Coweta squandered several opportunities to get on the board as they got the leadoff batter aboard in every inning except the first and had a runner reach third in just about all of those innings. But time and time again Polzin pitched her way out of difficulty until the fifth inning.
Sydney Dill started the inning with a slap single just over the shortstops head and two outs later Bailey Cooper blasted a shot that short-hopped the center field wall, scoring Dill. Following a walk, Polzin fanned Kirbi Tiger to limit the damage.
Fort Gibson had a couple of chances early in the game. It loaded the bases in the second inning with two outs but Robinson struck out Maycee Young leaving the bags full. In the third inning with one out Graci Williams walked and Jordan Hayes singled to right-center, sending Williams to third and Hayes to second on the throw to third. But Robinson got Courtney Hill to fly to center and Polzin to fly to right ending the threat.
The home town Tigers finally came through in the sixth as Polzin doubled with one out. Courtesy runner Jolee Taylor advanced to third on an infield hit by Abbye Porterfield. Baleigh James followed with a grounder to third and Taylor, fooled by the third baseman who faked a throw to first, was gunned down easily as she tried to score from third.
But then Angel Lyons lined a shot to left and when the left fielder missed on a diving try to catch it, both Porterfield and James scored to make it 2-1.
“We preach to the girls about QAB — quality at-bats — and we had that quality at bat when we needed it today,” said Obregon.
For Lyons, it was a nice end to a game where Fort Gibson managed to get their revenge.
“I was just looking for a pitch I could drive and knew I wanted to get at least one run in for my team,” said the sophomore catcher.
Coweta threatened one more time in the seventh inning as Madison Wheat doubled to lead off and went to third on a sacrifice bunt but was stranded as Polzin got Cooper to pop out to second base and struck out Tiger to end the game.
Polzin, who generally pitches non-district games for the Tigers while Hill pitches the district battles, went the distance. She scattered eight hits while going 2-for-3 at the plate.
“My curve ball and my location on the outside were really good today. At the plate I just try to do my job and get base hits.” said the junior right-hander.
In addition to Polzin, Porterfield also had a pair of hits to pace Fort Gibson (9-2). Wheat and Dill had two-hits each to lead Coweta (8-8).
Fort Gibson resumes action on Thursday at Tahlequah before returning to district action Friday at Muldrow.