By MATT REYNOLDS
PARK HILL — Keys’ softball team began its 2013 campaign Thursday evening with a loss to Wagoner, 7-4.
The Lady Cougars had the wind knocked from there sails in the top of the sixth inning, when Wagoner first basemen Cherokee Ridge knocked a three-run home run over the left-field wall. Keys would never recover from the blow.
“We are never going to win a ball game leaving eleven runners on base” Keys coach Lynetta Fisher said.
Keys had its chances to go ahead in the ball game, and a crucial point in the game came in the bottom of the fourth with two runners on and just one out. Keys senior Ali Nolan hit a ball just over the third baseman’s head and down the line, but the ball landed just foul, and Keys wouldn’t end up scoring in the inning.
The fourth inning was one of many times that the Lady Cougars had runners on but just couldn’t get them across.
The Lady Cougars did have bright spots in the game. They battled back from being down 1-0 in the first inning to come back in the bottom half and take a 2-1 lead.
Nolan was an integral part in the four runs that the Lady Cougars did plate win the game. Her most impressive moment was in the bottom of the sixth inning when she beat out the throw at first base, before stealing second and third on back to back pitches. She would later come score.
The Lady Cougars will try to get back on track at Jay on Friday.