Two senior pitchers put on a show Thursday night at Rougher Park but in the end, it was the southpaw from Fort Gibson that prevailed as the Lady Tigers put a sour note on Muskogee’s Senior Night with a 4-2 victory.
Fort Gibson’s Courtney Hill scattered four hits while striking out 11 Muskogee batters on the way to the win. She got plenty of help from the top of the batting order as Hannah Thouvenel.
Thouvenel, whose 3-for-4 outing on Tuesday powered Fort Gibson’s win over Tahlequah, duplicated that against the Lady Roughers, joined by junior Baleigh James.
“The first hit was on ball down the middle, the second one she threw me inside and that’s where I like it, and the third hit was an outside pitch that I went with and drove to right center,” said James, who had an RBI and scored a run.
Thouvenel and James started the game with back-to-back singles. But Abbye Porterfield’s sacrifice bunt attempt was popped up. Rougher catcher Karsyn York caught it and threw to second to double up Thouvenel who had wandered too far towards third. Nia Polzin then struck out to end the threat.
Fort Gibson (18-8) got on the board in the third. Again, it was Thouvenel and James, this time with consecutive doubles to make it 1-0. They tacked on another run in the fifth with Thouvenel again leading off with a single, stealing second and scoring on a hit by Porterfield to make it 2-0.
For a while, the Lady Rougher bats were completely stymied by Hill, who had a perfect game through four innings. But in the fifth D’Asia Brown led off with the first Muskogee hit of the night and one out later came around to score on a double by Katlyn Clark to cut the Fort Gibson lead in half.
The Lady Tigers would get the run back in the top of the sixth. Hill singled. Graci Williams laid down a sac bunt but the throw to first went into right field, sending courtesy runner Alyssa Storrs to third. One out later Erica Hornback put down a bunt. Muskogee third baseman Shania Henry charged in but her scoop throw to the plate was too late to get Storrs and it was 3-1.
Both teams tallied in the seventh inning. Porterfield’s infield single plated James. Brown picked up her second hit of the game for Muskogee (9-16) and scored on a passed ball.
Tiger coach Joe Obregon had praise for the play of Thouvenel and Hill.
“Courtney has been getting better as the season has progressed,” he said. “She missed a couple of spots tonight and Muskogee took advantage of those mistakes but I was real pleased with the way she pitched.
“Hannah is kind of the spark plug of the team and that leadoff spots gets the most at-bats, so that’s why she’s there. She’s earned that spot and is doing really well with it.”
Muskogee coach Don Yates credited Fort Gibson with timely hitting while praising his pitcher Meadow Million.
“Meadow did another fine job,” he said. “She’s just been my right hand this season. They had some real nice hits and some timely hits and some things would just drop in even when we made really good pitches.That’s just softball.”
Muskogee bid a home turf adieu to a handful of seniors who played their last game at Rougher Park in Brown, Million, Shania Henry, Mya Gaulden and Isyss Patton.
For Fort Gibson, the game was the first of three against Class 6A competition as they’ll travel west this weekend to play Mustang and Deer Creek and then regionals start Thursday at Oologah against Bristow. The Lady Roughers will travel to Tahlequah Monday and then start regional play Tuesday at Owasso against Stillwater.