BUSY WEEK PREPARES PRYOR SOFTBALL FOR POSTSEASON

After securing their District Championship against Coweta last week, it was back to business for Pryor Softball. 

Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Bell

Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Bell

The girls entered the Chickasha Tournament over the weekend, playing four games in two days. 

Day one was a tough one for Pryor. Game one was against South Moore High. 

The 1st inning was promising. Rhett Looney and Olivia Cummings hit back to back singles, and were followed up by a successful bunt by Keitian Bell, although Looney was thrown out at home, good baserunning allowed Bell to advance to second and Cummings to score. Nothing went well for Pryor after that, as SouthMoore held them to just one hit after the first inning, defeating Pryor 7-1. 

The second game was more of the same, on a day when Pryor played fairly flat, fierce rival Carl Albert took advantage. After falling to Pryor earlier in the season, Carl Albert, the same team that sent the girls home as runner-up last year, redeemed themselves. Carl Albert jumped on Pryor quick with five runs in the first on their way to a 10-0 victory. 

As they've done all season long, however, Pryor bounced back, redeeming themselves in day two. 

Kennedy Cramer, Rhett Looney and Keitian Bell led the Pryor offense to a 6-5 win against Blanchard High to win the first game on day two. Immediately after, Pryor faced Bridge Creek High. 

After allowing the bases to be loaded twice in the first inning, pitcher Olivia Cummings got out of the jam just allowing one run. Then Pryor started doing Pryor things. 

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, down by a run, the offensive flood gates opened, and the girls poured it on. 

Keitian hit a single to start the inning, her sister Karleigh reached on an error, and Brooke Miller advanced fhe runners on a sacrifice bunt. Madison Burroughs drove in a run with a single and stole second base, followed by a double from Carlie Wilson, which scored both base runners. 

The inning was highlighted with a 3-run homerun by Rhett Looney in between a flurry of hits. 

Pryor went on to win the game by a score of 12-5. Cummings allowed just five hits in the contest. 

Photo courtesy of Chasma Hawkes

Photo courtesy of Chasma Hawkes

Last Monday night was "pink out" night against Dewey and Pryor made it look easy with an 8-0 score. 

On Tuesday night the girls played Bixby. It didn't look good for five of the seven innings, but the resilient Pryor squad fought back in the 6th inning. 

Down 5-2, Pryor got three consecutive singles by Karleigh Bell, Kait Hodges and Madison Burroughs to load the bases. A groundout by Lexi Patrick scored Bell, followed by a double from Gracyn Rains that scored two, all tied up. A single by Rhett Looney later in the inning scored Cramer and Rains to put Pryor up 7-5. Bixby answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning to make it a one-run game. 

In the top of the 7th inning, the Pryor phenoms decided enough was enough, scoring four more runs to put the gane on ice, capped off by a three-run homerun by Cramer. Pryor won 11-6. 

Regionals start on October 9th here in Pryor. Pryor's first game will be at 2pm, followed right after with their second game at 4pm. Pryor will play again at 2pm on the 11th as long as all goes well. Come out and support this team. 

Congratulations again go out to coach Dicus and all the other coaches, the players, and of course the parents who sacrifice their time and efforts. Go Pryor!