The Washington Lady Warriors got their season kick-started over the weekend in the Chisholm Trail Classic in Shawnee.
Saturday the Lady Warriors came from behind to knock off the Newcastle Lady Racers, 9-8, behind the pitching of never-used pitcher Brittany Ball.
The Lady Warriors senior pitcher Allison Wells dislocated her pinky trying to slide into first the game before and Kailee Orr had just pitched a complete game so head coach Bryan Howard turned to Ball.
The hurler threw six innings and allowed six hits and struck out two for the win.
“Brittany came out and did a fantastic and unbelievable job. Her off speed stuff was working and she stepped in and took control, had no fear and did well,” Howard said.
The Lady Racers got off to a 5-zip lead, but thanks to the bat of Brooke Rains, Washington fought back to tie the game in the fourth.
Both teams scored a run in the fifth and the game eventually went to the international tiebreaker.
Newcastle pushed a run across in the sixth before Washington took their final cuts as the home team.
With runners on base, Kelsey Harmon hammered a line drive over the head of the Lady Racers center fielder to score the winning run.
Harmon and Callie Busby were each 2-3 with two RBIs and scored a run while Macey Cargill was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
“We were more like the Washington team we should be,” Howard said.
“We had 11 hits and the defense had a few errors that cost us but it was a great win. Especially with a pitcher who hasn’t thrown.”
The Lady Warriors hit .458 as a team.
“We showed more of that bulldog mentality and it started in the previous game. It carried over and I was super proud of our team especially after losing our senior leader the game before. We bounced back and beat a good Newcastle team,” Howard said.
Dagan Lampkin was 2-4 with two runs scored.
In game one Saturday, Washington fell to Marlow, 5-4.
The Lady Warriors trailed 4-0 for the majority of the game after some big Lady Outlaw hits.
Washington came to their last at-bats and caught fire. After scoring two runs, a couple base hits put runners on with Allie Clements at the plate.
The Lady Warriors slapped a pitch and beat the throw to first and tied the game at four.
During the last at bat, Wells dislocated her pinky, diving head first to beat a throw at first.
“The first few innings weren’t good but the last few, we were the team we want to be,” Howard said.
Ball was 2-3 with two RBIs and scored a run; Clements was 1-1 with an RBI and Cargill was 1-1.
Orr threw six innings, allowing eight hits and struck out five.
Friday, Washington beat Mustang JV, 4-0.
“We played better than we did the game before and even though it was a JV team, it was Mustang and it was a good win. We played better offensively and it was a good win for us,” Howard said.
Callie Busby, Cargill and Wells were each 1-1 in the win.
The Lady Warriors hit .333 as a team at the plate.
In game two Thursday, Washington knocked off Chandler, 3-2.
“Chandler is one of the top teams in our class and it was a good rebound game for us,” Howard said.
“We hit better, but not much, and played solid defensively. We’re not near where we need to be but we played solid defense.”
Callie Busby was 2-3 with an RBI and scored one run while Wells and Brenna Busby were each 1-2.
Wells tossed five innings of three hit ball with six strikeouts and two walks.
“We had six people in the lineup not get hits. That’s not good enough for us to win what we want to win at the end of the season. But overall, it was a good win against a good team,”Howard said.
Washington dropped their season opener to Meeker, 1-0, during a poor offensive performance by the Lady Warriors.
Rains and Ball were 1-2 while Cargill was 1-3.
“It was one of the worst offensive performances since I’ve been at Washington,” Howard said.
Washington hit .150 as a team.
“It was just a poor performance and we should never get beat by Meeker,” Howard said.
Orr threw four innings allowing one hit and striking out five.
“With two outs, Washington tried to pick off a runner at third base but the ball sailed high and Meeker scored the lone run of the game.
“It was one of the worst performances since I’ve been here and we need to do a lot better than that,” Howard said.
Monday night Washington opened conference play with a 7-3 beat down of Blanchard on the road.
Rains was 2-4 with two RBIs and scored one run while Callie Busby was 3-4 with two runs scored.
“Beginning of conference play and it was a good way to start,” Howard said.
“It was a good win for the team and since we play in one of the toughest conferences in the state it was good to get a win.”
Lampkin was 2-4 in the win with two runs scored while Orr threw all seven innings fanning seven while allowing six hits and only two walks.
Ball was 2-4 in the victory.
Washington hit the road for a contest at Lindsay on Tuesday.
Thursday, the class 3A No. 1 ranked Lady Warriors (4-2) welcome Bethany for their home opener before traveling to Rogers State College Friday and Saturday for the Rogers State University Festival.