MCLOUD – The Lady Redskins set the tone in the first game of the season, beating Okemah 12-4 Monday evening.
“It's always good to start off the season with a win,” coach Chance Griffin said. “I would've liked for us to be a little sharper, but it's the first game of the season so we'll take it.”
McLoud put two runs on the board in the first inning. Shyann Shipman recorded the first hit, stole the first base of the season. Karly Norwood also brought Shipman home for the first run of the 2018 campaign. Jessie Wooten brought Norwood home before Okemah got out of the inning.
In the bottom of the second inning, after a leadoff walk, Callie Cardin, Shipman and Norwood all walked and the Lady Redskins took a 3-0 lead. Cardin scored on a wild throw to the pitcher extending the McLoud lead to 4-0.
Okemah took away pitcher Gabby Sears' shutout in the third with a sacrifice fly, bringing the score to 4-1. Lexi Boyer made a diving catch in left field to prevent another run from scoring and ended the Lady Panther rally. Cardin followed with an infield single and would eventually score on a wild throw to first making it 5-0. Norwood and Cardin would score later in the inning, extending the lead to 7-1.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Cardin drove in Boyer and the Lady Redskins took a commanding 8-1 lead. Rachelle Stephens recorded an infield hit, giving McLoud a 9-1 advantage. Boyer also scored for a 10-1 cushion.
Okemah scored three runs in the top of the fifth, making it a reasonably competitive game at 10-4.
Shipman walked to start the fifth and Norwood joined her after the Okemah first baseman lifted her foot off the bag. Shipman would eventually score on a wild pitch, giving McLoud an 11-4 lead. Wooten walked and immediately stole second and Makyna Higdon scored Wooten to end the game.
Sears picked up the win in the season opener.
McLoud (1-0) will host Blanchard Tuesday at home with a 5p.m. scheduled start time.