SHAWNEE – Shawnee cruised to a couple of easy wins Thursday as they downed Tulsa Edison 10-0, 17-0 in a double-header.
Skyla Copeland came up big for Shawnee in the first game with her first career home run. She made sure to make it all the more memorable by making that first homer a grand slam to take a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
Coach David Rolette was happy to see her achieve the goal of hitting a home run after putting in hard work and coming just shy several times.
“She's gotten awful close a few times, but she's been working hard, staying late and getting extra cuts and hopefully that'll start paying off for her,” he said.
Tatum Sparks led off the game with a triple and was brought home on a groundout by Carlie Torbett. Laynie Rimer singled and scored on an error in the third and Copeland reached on an E5 before being brought in on a groundout by Trinity Streater.
Sparks managed two blasts in the first inning of the second game. She led off the top of the first with a solo shot that hit the scoreboard and followed up with a three-run shot later in the inning to take an 8-0 lead.
Tiara Blackshire doubled to drive in Sadie Smith and Rimer hit a two-run double, later scoring on an error.
The girls strung together six more runs in the second and three in the third.
The biggest challenge for the team on such an easy day was staying in the game mentally, Rolette said.
“Those kinds of games are kind of difficult mentally to stay focused,” he said.
Sparks hit for the cycle on the day with a single, double and triple in the first game and two homers and a double in the second. Copeland finished the day 3-5 with five RBI.
Smith was 4-4 with two doubles in the second game, Kristin Haddox was 3-4 with a double, Rimer 3-3 with a double and Blackshire also smacked out a double.
With three long balls on the night, Rolette emphasized that several of his girls have that capability.
“We've got about six girls who are capable of hitting it out any time. It's just a matter of being more consistent at the plate,” he said.
The Lady Wolves will face off with Skiatook today at 4:30 at Shawnee High School. The girls lost to Skiatook 2-1 earlier in the season.