(May 3, 2021) Checotah, Oklahoma – With the Region 2 Tournament almost a week away, the Bucks still have 6 remaining games on the schedule to determine their fate. The Bucks travelled to Checotah High School to take on Connors State College.
In the first game of the double header, the Bucks would struggle to score runs. The Bucks scored their loan run in the 3rd inning. tripled with 1 out before Ashton Daniel's RBI single to third base. The Bucks would Maddi Miles record 6 hits on the day.
In the circle, Hannah Hunter (3-12) went the distance, giving up 7 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits. She would give up 3 runs in the 1st, 1 run in the 2nd, and 3 runs in the 3rd inning in the 7-1 loss to the Cowgirls.
Coming off the loss, the Bucks looked to rebound. In the top of the 1st inning, the Bucks scratched across a run. Maggie Lilly drew a 2-out walk before Gracie Kimbrell singled to advance Lilly to 3rd. Madelynn Lacaze would then single to plate Lilly to give the Bucks a 1-0 advantage. In the bottom half, Gracie Kimbrell got the start in the circle and surrendered a run that tied the game at 1-1 after an inning.
After the 1st, Kimbrell settled in a cruised through the 2nd through 6th innings, giving up no runs. The Bucks would plate 2 runs in both the 4th and 5th innings.
In the 4th, Lacaze and Maddi Miles would hit back-to-back singles. With 1 out, both runners advanced on a wild pitch before Kristen McMillan would hit a 2-RBI triple to give the Bucks a 3-1 lead. An inning later, Maggie Lilly reached on an error with 1 out before Gracie Kimbrell doubled. Lacaze loaded the bases, reaching on catcher's interference. Lilly scored on Maddi Miles' 2-RBI single to left field that scored Lilly and Kimbrell. The runs gave the Bucks a 5-1 lead after 5 innings.
After a scoreless 6th, Kimbrell gave herself an insurance run with a solo homer in the top of the 7th to extend the Bucks lead. In the bottom half, she would give up 3 runs, but Kimbrell got a ground out to end the game. Bucks win 6-4.
Gracie Kimbrell (11-13) pitched a complete game (7 innings), giving up 4 runs on 9 hits while striking out 13.
The split gives the Bucks a 19-33 record overall and a 9-19 record in region play.
The Bucks play again tomorrow at home against NOC-Enid in an important match-up with region tournament seedings on the line.