Barnsdall plays tough vs. Lady Bruins

Mike Tupa
Barnsdall High School left fielder Macie Holt makes a running grab during last week’s varsity softball battle at Bartlesville. Bartlesville won, 7-2. Mike Tupa/Journal-Capital

All things considered, Barnsdall High School’s struggling softball team took a promising step forward last week at Bartlesville High School.

The Barnsdall Lady Panthers — who play three or four classes below Bartlesville — played gritty defense and enjoyed a solid pitching performance by Kinnley Bloomfield in the 7-2 loss.

Bartlesville slowly accumulated a 7-0 lead, scoring at least one run in each of the first four innings.

But, Barnsdall stepped up in the top of the fifth to score twice.

Kaylee Rasberry and Haley Tarwater each scored in the inning to make it tougher for Bartlesville to try to record a run-rule victory.

Bloomfield, her catcher Jasmine Shores and the defense then shut out Bartlesville the rest of the way to force the Lady Bruins to play the limit.

Offensively, however, Barnsdall has had better days.

The Lady Panthers came out on the wrong end of a no-hitter throwing by Bartlesville’s Logan Cates.

Bloomfield, Shores and Tarwater each reached on a walk, and Rasberry twice received a free pass as a hit batsman.

Khailey Sofian also made it to first on an error to round out Barnsdall’s baserunners.

The Lady Panthers decided not to try to steal against Bartlesville senior catcher Maggie Largess.

Bloomfield gave up only two walks and scattered 12 hits for the game. She fanned one Bartlesville batter.

Barnsdall fell to 0-4 with the loss.