Hitting a Groove

Drew Dodgion

 

The Guthrie LadyJays are hitting a groove—both literally and figuratively. After picking up two more wins this week, the LadyJays have now won eight out of their last 10 games, and four district games in a row. For Guthrie, it’s not just that they’re winning; it’s how they’re winning. 

Final:

Guthrie - 7

Del City - 6

Trailing 6-2 against Del City in the top of the third inning, the LadyJays started to chip away at the lead. Addy Awbrey and Jules Leach both reached base to start the inning, putting two runners on for Elaina Clark. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Clark hit a two-run RBI triple to center, to pull the LadyJays within two runs. 

In the top of the sixth, Leach completed her perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate, hitting a clutch two-out RBI single to drive in Awbrey to trim the lead to one run heading into the final inning. 

Clark led off the top of the seventh inning with a single, putting the tying run on first base with no outs. In this scenario, Guthrie Head Coach Booker Blakley would play small-ball and bunt the tying run into scoring position. He decided to roll the dice. The gamble paid off as Eadie Jobe came through with her biggest hit of the season, driving in Clark with an RBI triple to center field, tying the game at 6-6. 

“Elaina did a good job of getting on base to leadoff the inning and we had talked about bunting her over, but Eadie wanted a chance to hit,” Blakley said. “We gave her a chance and it paid off well for us.”

Jobe’s triple put the winning run 60 feet away for Destiny Smith. With two outs away, Smith drove in Jobe thanks to an error by the second baseman. The LadyJays would slam the door in the bottom of the seventh to pick up their fourth district win in a row.

“It wasn’t our best game this year, but it’s always nice to win ugly than to lose looking good,” Blakley said. “It’s nice when you don’t play your best and still come out with a win.” 

Final:

Guthrie - 13

Ponca City - 0

Fresh off their come-from-behind victory on Tuesday, the LadyJays traveled to Ponca City on Thursday and put on an offensive clinic. 

In the top of the first inning, the LadyJays sent 16 batters to the plate, recorded 10 runs on 10 hits. 

The LadyJays added two runs in the second and a run in the third to end the game after three innings.  Every single LadyJay batter picked up a hit, but it was the top of the order that sparked the offensive explosion once again. Awbrey, Leach, Drew Dodgion, and Clark combined to go 8-for-12 with five RBIs. 

The top of the order has settled into their own this season. Before the year started, Blakley said that this team has a lot of hitting ability. In 12 games so far, that statement has held true. 

Awbrey, Leach, Dodgion, Clark, Jobe, and Trinity LeGrande have already either matched or surpassed their hitting numbers from a season ago and have done so on significantly less plate appearances. 

Leach has already matched her 18 hits from 2018, but has 21 less plate appearances. Jobe has six more RBIs, Dodgion has a better batting average, Awbrey has one more hit and nearly double the batting average. Clark has a higher average, while LeGrande has matched her hit total from 2018. Blakley says the surge from the top of the order coincides with the LadyJays recent string of success.

“They are all either really close or have already surpassed their hit totals from last year with a lot fewer at-bats,” Blakley said. “That just shows how much they’ve progressed and how much better they’re getting and how much it helps our offense.”

Guthrie has scored 91 runs in the last 10 games, and have mercy ruled half of their opponents in that span. They sit at 4-1 in district play and have the best point differential between the seven teams at 18. Guthrie will not play again until Friday when they play Mustang’s junior varsity team in the first round of the Bethany Tournament. They’ll return home on Sept. 9th when they host Woodward at 5 p.m.

Notes

• Six LadyJays have a .420 batting average or better. (Jobe, Awbrey, Leach, Clark, Dodgion, and Eichler)

• Dodgion has been in the circle for 24.1 innings. She has recorded 25 strikeouts on the year

•  Guymon defeated Woodward on Monday 7-6, giving the LadyJays an extra game lead over the Lady Boomers

• LadyJays open the Bethany tournament at McGuinness

 

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