The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 29, 2013

Ponca City shuts out Enid in district softball

Enid News and Eagle

PONCA CITY, Okla. — Enid’s softball team was shut out for the fourth time this season 8-0 in a District 6A-4 game with arch-rival Ponca City Thursday night.

The Pacers collected five hits and had two walks, but left five runners on base. Another two were thrown out trying to steal.

“When we get somebody on base with no outs, we get a little too tense,’’ said Pacers coach Marsha Cusack. “We overthink instead of just playing.’’

Abby Lee went two-for-three for the Pacers. McKayla Herbst, Ally Lewis and Brooke Sears had the other hits. Lewis had a double.

Lewis took the loss on the mound for the Pacers, who dropped to 6-9 overall and 2-4 in district play. Ponca City is 9-2 and 2-2.

Lewis allowed eight hits and two walks, striking out two.

“Our pitching was good enough,’’ Cusack said. “We just couldn’t finish. We continue to make base-running errors.’’

Enid shortstop Haven Bay, nursing an injury, played in the outfield Thursday.

“We made some changes in the lineup to see what Ponca City had,’’ Cusack said. “We scouted them out. Hopefully, we’ll have everyone at full force Tuesday when they come here.’’