The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 22, 2013

EHS, Stillwater look to break 3-way tie

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid and Stillwater will be playing to break a fifth-place tie in the District 6A-4 softball race when the Pacers host Stillwater at 7 tonight at Pacer Field.

Both teams are 3-8 in district play. Enid is 11-16 overall after winning three games in the Pioneer Festival Saturday.

The fifth-place finisher in 6A-4 would play the fourth-place team from 6A-3, probably Sand Springs or Union, in the first round of the upcoming playoffs. The sixth-place team would play the third-place team, probably Bixby.

“The main thing is getting the matchup where we would have the best chance to succeed,’’ said Enid coach Marsha Cusack. “This is a game we need to win.’’

Stillwater won the first meeting 10-9 on Aug. 26, rallying back from an 8-3 deficit. Enid had 12 hits, but committed five errors. Cusack called the game “a train wreck,’’ following the contest.

“We had some errors in that game and we didn’t pitch as well as we capable of,’’ Cusack said. “If we play like we have been the last couple of weeks, we ought to take care of business.’’

Cusack said Lewis is becoming more confident on the mound as the EHS defense and offense improves.

“When you’re throwing your tail off and they commit two or three errors behind you, it’s tough,’’ Cusack said. “She’s confident now the defense will back her up and make the plays behind her.’’

Lewis had a home run in the first Stillwater meeting.

EHS will observe Senior Night Tuesday when it hosts Pioneer. Seniors Abby Lee, Shelley Mueller, Ashton King, McKayla Herbst and Hannah Nicholas will be recognized between 6 and 6:20 p.m. Both games can be heard on KGWANews.com.