Butler County Times Gazette
  • Lady Wildcats get first wins of the season with sweep of Winfield

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  • The Lady Wildcats softball team showed some moxie in grabbing two hard fought wins on senior night at East Park defeating Winfield 11-9 and 9-5 on Monday.
    In the first game for the Wildcats, El Dorado made a gigantic comeback to win after being down 6-0 after 4 innings.
    “Fourth inning of the first game down 6-0 I didn't see us coming back from that large of a deficit,  but I knew our bats would come alive just didn't know how much,” said El Dorado head coach Tina Nickel.
    The bats came alive for El Dorado scoring 7 runs in the fourth to take the lead and 11 total in the final three innings to win the game.  
    The Lady Wildcats ended  the game by turning a double play up the middle with Senior McLaren Stewart at shortstop and 2nd baseman Andrea Valadez.  
    “The last few games Stewart has been such a leader in the field and came to us wanting to find her place to help the team.  She wanted to play SS and in the last 6 games has really come through for us with Kayla Smith really starting to settle in behind the plate,” said Nickel.
    Stewarts finished with three total bases and two rbis, Andrea Valadez had a double and three rbis for El Dorado.
    “Valadez has been hitting lights out for us this year and we finally had people on base for her to hit them in,” said Nickel.
    Kayla Smith had a triple and 5 total bases with two rbis, Logan Morrow had three total bases and a rbi and Dani McFadden had two total bases and two rbis.
     “We hit the ball hard and it has been right to people but tonight we found the holes,” said Nickel.
    Receiving the benefit of the run support was freshman pitcher Destiny Bowlin who got the complete game victory striking out three and allowing 9 runs on 14 hits and 4 walks.
    The momentum from the first win carried into the second contest for the Wildcats.
    Winfield drew first blood in the top of the first but the Wildcats clawed back scoring six runs in the first three innings to grab a lead they would not relent.
    “In the second game Logan Morrow not only hit amazing she pitched more focused and put forth a solid performance,” said Nickel.
    Morrow finished with 4 total bases and two rbis and stolen base to help her cause at pitcher.
    Morrow went the complete game getting the win and had a season high 8 strikeouts and allowing 4 runs only one of which was earned on 8 hits and 6 walks.
    Valadez, Smith, McFadden and Heather Riddle each had a double in the game.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I am very proud of the girls and it helps to have our offense show up early,” said Nickel.
    Valadez had two rbis in the win and Smith, Riddle and McFadden each drov in a run.
    Defensively Lauryn Brickley made some great scoops at third to end several of  innings.  
    “I would say the seniors wanted these wins. They had never won at home and it made for a special night for them.  I was so glad they attained some goals and we hope to carry our bats we brought last night to Bulher on Thursday,” said Nickel.

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