It is not a birthday, but it is a milestone. The Tahlequah Lady Tigers picked up their 29th and 30th wins of the season on Tuesday at Fort Gibson. THS defeated Ft. Gibson Lady Tigers, 4-0 and Wagoner Lady Bulldogs, 15-1 to reach the three-century mark.

“We have won 40 a couple of times. When we won state we won 40 with some losses, but 30 is good and only two losses,” said THS Head Coach Ronnie Rogers.

The Lady Tigers had a record of 36-5 last season and 42-6 in the 2004 run to the state championship.

However, Tuesday the THS Lady Tigers struggled at the plate in the first game sending 14 fly balls into the air for outs. THS did manage the win the game with a scattered base hits and some help from the Ft. Gibson defense.

The game started with a fly out and a ground out. Then senior Cakie Lenard got things started for the THS Lady Tigers with a single to center. Shelbi Bowin followed her with a single of her own, putting two runners on base. Darrilyn Matthews filled the bases for the Lady Tigers with a liner past the shortstop. A fielder’s choice hit by Whitney Kirkpatrick brought home the first run of the ballgame. Another fielder’s choice ended the top half o the first inning. The Lady Tigers had taken the 1-0 early lead. Ft. Gibson was soon thwarted and the inning ended with no more runs.

Three fly outs set the Lady Tigers down quickly in the second and third innings, despite base hits by Amanda Lewallen and Bowin. Ft. Gibson was not able to muster any offense either.

The THS Lady Tigers picked up their second run of the ballgame in the fourth inning. However, a fly out opened the inning once again. Then Paige Crow reached on an overthrow in the second at bat. The next batter, Talara Heth, singled putting two runners on. Finally, Lewallen hit into a fielder’s choice to score the only run of the inning. Ft. Gibson had three fly outs to end the fourth frame.

Lenard managed a hit in the fifth inning, but it was not enough, as the Lady Tigers lined out twice and had a fielder’s choice. Ft. Gibson hit two singles in the bottom of the inning, before THS pitcher Nikki Girdner and the THS defense struck out a batter, recorded another fly out and caught a runner going to third.

Kirkpatrick opened the top of the sixth inning with a single, but three fly outs ended the THS hopes for any more runs. In the bottom of the inning, the THS Lady Tigers stood tough recording their three outs in four batters.

The final inning saw the final two runs for THS. Ashley Medlock started things, after an out, with a single to center. Girdner also got a base hit in the next at bat. Her hit was to right field. After the final fly out for THS, Bowin drove in a run and moved to second base. Matthews stepped to the plate next, driving the ball into the outfield, where it was dropped, scoring another run. Heth recorded a good catch in the bottom of the inning to help the THS Lady Tigers retain a 4-0 win.

Fly balls were not a problem in game two for the Lady Tigers. Actually, THS did not have many problems at all against Wagoner.

Medlock started the game with a triple to left field. Then THS got their first run of the game on a Girdner single to the opposite field. Another run scored when Lenard blasted a triple, before Bowin’s fielder’s choice ended the three-run barrage. A throwing error allowed a runner on base in the bottom half of the inning, but the Lady Tigers did not allow any runs.

THS picked up two more runs in the second inning. Heth singled to center. Then Medlock tripled to score one run. A single stratically placed between first and second by Girdner, moved another run home. Bowin singled in the inning, but no more runs scored. Tahlequah held a 5-0 lead after two innings.

In the third, Kirkpatrick hit a ball through the legs of the shortstop to get on base. Then Crystal Herrin followed with a single, before Heth brought home the run. Wagoner picked up a run in the bottom half of the inning after two THS errors loaded the bases. THS still held on to a 6-1 lead after three innings.

THS padded their lead with four more runs in the fourth inning. Lenard singled down the third base line, before a walk and another single by Matthews scored the first run. Kirkpatrick drove home the next run, and finally Heth’s single brought home two more. Wagoner was set down one, two, three in the bottom half of the inning.

In the final inning, before the run-rule took effect. Medlock singled to left-center, and Bowin brought in the first run on a single. Matthews then got on base on a hit off the first baseman’s glove. Kirkpatrick put the icing on the top of the 30th win by hitting a triple to the left field fence scoring three. Herrin hit a single to add one to grow on. The game was called, with the score 10-1, after Wagoner was not able to score in the bottom of the fifth.

The Lady Tigers will play at home on Thursday against Stilwell. Game time is set for 4 p.m.


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