SHAWNEE—The Shawnee Lady Wolves opened the 2019 fast-pitch softball campaign Monday with a 7-3 home loss to the Stillwater Lady Pioneers.

“We have to hit the ball better,” said Shawnee skipper David Rolette. “We struck out nine times – you can’t give up three innings worth of batters,” he said.

The Lady Wolves took an early lead in the first inning on a home run by Tatum Sparks. Sparks sent the offering over the right center fence.

Shawnee held the 1-0 lead through the second inning, but things got uncomfortable in the third. Colbee Westbrook beat out a Sparks throw to first, to get the Lady Pioneers rolling. Westbrook was followed by a Sid McLaughlin walk and an Alex Griffin bunt single to lead the bases.

Erika Baldwin then sent the Baylie Enright pitch over the right field wall for the grand slam home run. Stillwater led 4-1 after the third.

Stillwater held that 4-1 lead until the fifth inning, when they added a lone run on a two-out passed ball. The Lady Pioneers were up 5-1 at that point.

Stillwater upped the advantage to 7-1 after the top half of the seventh inning. A walk and an error set the table for Stillwater.

Once again, Baldwin did damage to the Lady Wolves with a two-run single to right field.

Shawnee, in the bottom of the seventh, tried to rally, scoring two runs on three hits. BB Lewis led off with a single to right and then moved to third on a double to right by Mia Gipp.

Hallie Wilson came to the plate and delivered. She hit a two-run double to center, scoring Lewis and Gipp.

That would be all the Lady Wolves would get.

Makenzie Swick earned the win for Stillwater. She struck out nine Lady Wolves and walked one batter. She gave up the three runs on six scattered hits.

Baylie Enright took the loss for Shawnee. She pitched four innings, before being relieved by Anneca Anderson. Enright gave up four runs on three hits, walked three and struck out two.

The Lady Wolves will play host to Sapulpa today for a district doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.