Lady Tigers harvest district crown
One down. Two, maybe, to go?
Cushing on Thursday achieved the first level of the Oklahoma High School slow-pitch softball playoffs. The Lady Tigers beat Bristow and Jones for the Class 5A-8 District championship.
Cushing on Thursday will compete in a four-team, double-elimination tournament. District champions advance to the 5A state tournament.
Cushing improved to 17-8 on the season and is ranked No. 9 in the class.
The Lady Tigers beat Bristow 11-1 via run rule and took out Jones 12-0 in its second game.
The final game of the tournament was closer. Cushing held off Jones 7-5 and claimed the district title.
Cushing won three games mostly via the long ball. The Lady Tigers bombed 10 home runs.
Kayla Vasquez and Megan Lee led the way.
Vasquez had eight hits in nine at-bats and blasted four homers. Lee was 7-for-9.
Jones tried to slow the Tiger attack by intentionally walking Vasquez in the bottom of the sixth inning. Lee followed with a two-run blast that gave Cushing a 7-3 lead.
Vasquez was 3-for-3 and Hannah Ailey was 3-for-4 against Bristow. Lee homered and drove in three runs. Megan Stump doubled, homered and drove in two.
The game ended in the sixth inning via the run rule.
CHS scored nine runs in the first two innings against Jones and cruised to another run-rule victory. Vasquez hit two homers; Lee and Stump had one each.
Jolie Boyle, Kennedy Holderread and Jenna Hood had two hits each.
Cushing got a pair of homers and five RBI from Vasquez in the tournament finale. Lee homered and Hood was 2-for-2 with a double.
Stump was the winning pitcher in all three games for Cushing.
The Lady Tigers outhit their opponents 38-12.
Cushing is seeking its second consecutive trip to the state tournament under head coach Nikki York.