Lady Panthers look to playoffs
No one could rightly accuse the Barnsdall High School slowpitch softball team of ducking the Goliaths.
On Monday, the Lady Panthers — which are part of Class 3A — took on two of the elite powerhouses in Class 5A.
Even though Barnsdall absorbed its lumps, the Lady Panthers displayed plenty of firepower themselves during a 25-10 loss to Henryetta.
The game had been tied, 10-10, before Henryetta went on a home run binge that resulted in 10 dingers for the game.
But, Gilbert also saw Barnsdall’s sticks swat a few missiles in the game.
Jasmine Shores socked a grand slam and three-run clout to provide the lion’s share of the Lady Panthers’ power exchange.
Montana Patrick added a three-run dinger to round out Barnsdall’s scoring.
Rounding out Barnsdall’s offensive punch was Kendra Walker with two singles, and Khailey Sofian, Bayleigh Walling and Kinnley Bloomfield with one hit apiece.
Shores pitched the distance with Kylee Rasberry as her receiver.
Henryetta had been ranked earlier this season at No. 1, Gilbert noted.
In Monday’s first game, Barnsdall came out on the short end of a 12-0 score against Kellyville, which is ranked No. 2 in 5A.
Kellyville clubbed four homers and two doubles off the ball.
Shores, Walker and Patrick each delivered a hit for Barnsdall.
Shores handled pitching duties with Patrick as her catcher.
Gilbert said a “vicious wind” carried Kellyville’s hits over the wall.
“We just never got anything up to blow out,” he added.
With less than a week remaining until they open the Class 3A district playoffs, the Lady Panthers routed a pair of opponents during glorified tune-up battles Friday.
The Lady Panthers started out the day by humbling the Lady Dragons of Chelsea High, 10-6.
“We jumped out to a 4-2 lead and we led them all the way,” Gilbert said.
Jasmine Shores slammed a two-run homer to energize the Lady Panther offense. She finished with two hits.
Khailey Sofian added a double, two singles and RBI.
Kyndal LeFlore smacked a single and a two-bagger.
Macy Hole and Kylee Rasberry also each contributed a hit.
Shores pitched the distance in the circle, with Rasberry as her catcher.
In their second outing Friday, the Lady Panthers blasted Locust Grove, 11-1, with Shores pitching and Montana Patrick behind the plate.
“We played as good as we’ve played all year,” said Gilbert.
Shores took the ball over the wall — for a three-run shot — for the second time on the day.
LeFlore added a triple and two singles.
Jaydon Mackey and Sofian each smacked two singles and drove in a run apiece.
Patrick contributed a hit and a RBI.
Also belting singles for Barnsdall were Bayleigh Walling, Kinnley Bloomfield, Holt and Rasberry.
Locust Grove’s lone run was unearned.