SHAWNEE – The Lady Wolves helped set the tone for regionals with a 9-4 win over El Reno on Senior Night Monday evening.
The regional tournament starts Thursday, and Shawnee needed a boost of confidence with a state tournament berth on the line.
“We set the tone early and let the other team know we can score runs,” Coach David Rolette said. “I'm not going to say we can score at will, but the top of our lineup has a good chance at putting a few runs on the board early in games.”
Shawnee jumped out to a first-inning lead when Carly Torbett doubled, scoring Tatum Sparks and Kristin Haddox.
Hallie Wilson added two more runs in the second inning on a single that scored Stormee Reed and Skyla Copeland. After two innings, Shawnee led 4-0.
El Reno scored three runs in the top of the third. One of the runs was unearned.
“Tuesday we will have a defensive-minded practice,” Rolette said. “We'll work on some base running stuff as well. We had 12 hits tonight and scored nine runs. Any time we do that we should win the game. There were a few errors but we'll get that cleaned up before Wednesday.”
In the bottom of the fourth, The Lady Wolves scored three more runs for a 7-3 advantage. Sparks hit a double that scored Reed and Haddox added a single that scored Copeland and Sparks.
El Reno scored one run in the top of the fifth inning.
With her third hit of the evening, Sparks scored Wilson for an 8-4 Shawnee lead. Torbett brought Sparks home with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Haddox went 4 for 4 with three singles, one double and two RBIs. Sparks went 3 for 4 with two singles, one double and two RBIs. Torbett had one double and three RBIs. Wilson hit one single and recorded two RBIs.
Saidey Smith, Laynie Rimer and Reed had one hit apiece. Copeland had a sacrificy and reached on a throwing error.
Baylie Enright picked up the win in the circle, going 4 2/3 innings. She surrendered three hits, two walks and struck out four El Reno batters.
Scottlyn Wilson pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief. She gave up one hit and struck out one.
Shawnee (19-9) will host their regional tournament Thursday. Their first game against Nathan Hale is scheduled for a 12 p.m. start.