SHAWNEE – Shawnee senior Tiara Blackshire had a big day Monday in the Lady Wolves' 7-4 home win over Meeker. The Wolves' catcher was the first to get Shawnee on the board and drove in three runs through the course of the game to propel the Wolves to victory.
“We had a lot of girls hit the ball hard, we had a lot of line drives off the ball,” Shawnee coach David Rolette said. "With the wind blowing out there, the temptation is to try to lift it up and get it out of the ballpark, I felt like we didn't do that. We kept hitting line drives.”
Blackshire singled in the bottom of the first to bring home Tatum Sparks and Sadie Smith and doubled up to switch places with Kristin Haddox in the third and go ahead 3-0.
Kalie Kasterke reached on an error to drive in a run and Trinity Streater singled to center with two outs to score Laynie Rimer but Kasterke was tagged out at the plate on the hit.
Rimer came home on a sacrifice from Skyla Copeland in the fifth and Haddox doubled deep to center to bring home Carlie Torbett in the sixth.
Madison Hedge homered to center to get Meeker on the board in the top of the fourth. The Lady Bulldogs tacked on three more runs in the fifth – two on an error and another on a single from Kristen Park – to get within one of Shawnee. They could never string together enough hits to tie or take the lead.
Sparks had a lot to do with the lack of production for Meeker. The Shawnee freshman made several stops and diving catches to help stop any rallies.
“She can definitely make the plays,” Rolette said.
Shawnee pitcher Baylie Enright gave up four runs on eight hits and walked one batter for the win in the circle. Madison Gabeau gave up seven runs on 12 hits, struck out four and plunked three.
The slow start was a big factor in the loss, Meeker coach Brad Seaborn said.
“Our pitcher wasn't hitting spots early, hit a couple of batters and got them two runs early,” he said.
Blackshire and Sparks each finished 2-for-4 with a double and Rimer went 2-3 for the Wolves. Haddox was 2-2 with a pair of doubles and reached base in her other two attempts after being hit by pitches.
Hedge finished the game 1-3 for Meeker and Kaycee Babek was 2-4. Lexi Lopez, Madison Buoy and Hallie Calvillo had a hit each.
Seaborn was pleased with how his girls fought to get back in the game.
“We battled back to within one and I was proud of our staying in the ballgame and working hard,” he said.
Shawnee (7-5) will take today off and host Tulsa Edison Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs (9-4) host Luther today at 4:30 and will have a three-way with McLoud and Little Axe Thursday.