After a sluggish 1-3 start to open the season, the Guthrie LadyJays have rattled off five wins in a row, including three straight over district opponents to vault themselves up the 5A-2 standings.
The win streak started last Saturday, as the LadyJays beat Western Heights, Lawton MacArthur on the last day of the El Reno Tournament. The momentum carried over into a potentially pivotal win over the Woodward Lady Boomers on Tuesday.
Guthrie - 7
Woodward - 6
Trailing 3-1 in the top of the second inning, Eadie Jobe tied the game with a two-run RBI single to right. Two batters later, Ashlee Eichler picked up her lone RBI of the game, driving in Jobe on a ground ball to right field to put Guthrie up 4-3. Sophia Braggs added an RBI in the inning to extend Guthrie’s lead to two runs. The LadyJays wouldn’t trail for the remainder of the game.
The LadyJays added a run in the fifth and sixth inning and were able to shut the door on the Lady Boomers in the bottom of the seventh to earn their first district victory of the season.
“Getting the win in Woodward was really big for us,” Guthrie Head Coach Booker Blakley said. “Obviously we’re far away from the end of the district season but when you look at the games we had circled on our schedule, this was one of them and for us to get a win here was really big.”
Game 1 Final:
Guthrie - 17
Western Heights -0
Fresh off their big win in Woodward, the LadyJays returned home Thursday for a doubleheader against Western Heights. With Drew Dodgion in the circle, the LadyJays were nearly perfect, as she threw a no-hitter. Dodgion struck out nine batters and walked only two to pick up her first win of the season inside the circle.
Leading 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, the LadyJays offense exploded for 16 runs. Addy Awbrey, Jules Leach, and Ashlee Eichler combined for six hits and nine of Guthrie’s 11 RBIs in the game. As a team, Guthrie had 20 plate appearances and recorded 17 runs on 10 hits.
Game 2 Final:
Guthrie - 14
Western Heights -0
In game two of the doubleheader, Trinity LeGrande continued the LadyJays dominance in the circle, throwing a no-hitter of her own. LeGrande came one hit batter away from a perfect game, as eight of the nine outs recorded came by way of a strikeout.
Once again Guthrie’s offense got going in the bottom of the second inning. Leading 2-0, the LadyJays put 12 runs on the board in the second thanks to some timely hitting by the top half of their line up.
Addy Awbrey, Jules Leach, Drew Dodgion, Elaina Clark, and Eadie Jobe combined to go 7-for-10 at the plate, driving in nine RBIs. Jobe was sensational in the game, going 2-for-3 with four runs batted in. Coach Blakley says he likes what he’s been seeing out of the top of the line up over the course of this win streak.
“(The top of the order) has been a big difference for us,” Blakley said. “The top of the order has been hitting really well. They have the ability to hit and have a little pop in the bat when they do things right and they did the right things today and you can see that on the scoreboard.”
As good as the LadyJays were at the plate, the night belonged to the two pitchers inside the circle. To throw a no-hitter against anybody in impressive, but to have to pitchers do it on back-to-back games on the same night is pretty special.
“The reason for our improvement lately is because of our pitching,” Blakley said. “Our pitching has gotten better over the past several games and the good thing is it’s all of them. They’re all starting to hit their locations a lot better which is leading to more success for them.”
With the perfect 3-0 record over district opponents this week, the LadyJays now sit tied for second with Woodward, trailing the Piedmont Lady Wildcats who are the only remaining unbeaten team in 5A-2. There is still a ton of season left to play and a lot of district games between now and their rematch with Piedmont on Sept. 17th, but Blakley says that this team is starting to put it together and become the team he thought they would be at the beginning of the season.
“The girls are starting to figure out what type of team they are,” Blakley said. “The success they’re having is showing that. Their belief in what they can do is starting to show a lot more and that has led to some wins for us.”
The LadyJays will travel to Del City on Monday before returning home for a match up with Noble on Tuesday. Both games start at 5 p.m.