Tahlequah Daily Press

April 11, 2014

Rolling right along

Tahlequah, Sequoyah rack up wins at tournament

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

Tahlequah coasted to four victories at the Sequoyah tournament on Thursday. The closest contests were a pair of 10-run victories over Sallisaw and Wyandotte.

Yet, Tahlequah coach Matt Cloud still sees room for improvement.

“We are playing well,” he said, “but [we’re] not hitting on all cylinders. The thing about slowpitch is that you only have to get hot one day. I think we will peak at the right time.”

His club certainly made the case that it’s heading in the right direction with four blowout victories over Sallisaw (10-0), Wyandotte (11-1), Stilwell (12-0) and Oktaha (12-1).

Against Stilwell, Tahlequah (19-4) logged 10 first-inning runs. Kirsten Chase hit a home run and drove in two runs, while Randee O’Donnell collected two hits and had four runs batted in.

O’Donnell also had two runs driven in against Sallisaw earlier in the day. Kortney Dry added three RBI to her credit and six different Tahlequah players drove in at least one run.

To finish off the day, Tahlequah racked up 16 hits against Oktaha. Dry, Bub Peters, Chase and O’Donnell each hit a home run, and all but one Tahlequah batter had a hit.

Tahlequah limited Oktaha to three hits and only one run — which came in the first inning.

“Our goal was to play errorless defense and score every inning,” Cloud said. “We wanted to put pressure on our opponents.”

Tahlequah will play again today at the Festival of Champions in Muskogee. Tahlequah will take on Arapaho-Butler at noon and 3A No. 1 Tushka at 3.

As for the tournament host, Sequoyah went 3-1 on Thursday. The Lady Indians beat Muldrow (10-5), Locust Grove (17-0) and Fort Gibson (18-4), while suffering its only loss against Broken Arrow (10-6). It was Sequoyah’s second loss to Broken Arrow this week.

Against Broken Arrow, Sequoyah’s Feather Pacheco and Hayleigh Galvan scored twice apiece. Merissa Smith scored three times.

In the rout of Locust Grove, Mariah Hooper hit a home run for the Lady Indians (7-8).

Then to cap off the day, Julie Scraper hit two home runs — a three-run shot and a grand slam — in the win over Fort Gibson. Smith and Galvan also added three-for-three efforts.