SAND SPRINGS, Okla. — The 2019 season came to an end for the Enid High softball squad Tuesday after back-to-back losses in a regional tournament at Sand Springs.
The Pacers (5-28) dropped their opening contest against Sand Springs, 19-1, before being eliminated with a 13-3 loss to Sapulpa. Both games concluded after five innings.
Enid fell behind early against the Sandites (20-11) after giving up six runs in the top of the first inning. The Pacers scored their only run of the game in the bottom half on an RBI single by sophomore infielder Tiara Henry. The line drive allowed sophomore outfielder Mariah Pryor to score from third.
After a scoreless second inning by both teams, Sand Springs extended its lead with eight runs in the third inning. The Sandites scored a combined five runs in the fourth and fifth innings to force a run-rule.
Enid sophomore Kimbree Layton took the loss on the mound having allowed 11 hits and 11 runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched.
In their second game Tuesday, the Pacers pulled within one run in the third inning before Sapulpa scored nine straight runs in the final two innings of play.
Trailing 4-1 with two outs in the bottom of the third, Enid freshman Angel Kuli hit an RBI single to left field that scored junior Mary Ketterman from third. On the ensuing pitch, sophomore Kylee Stanley was able to score from third on an error by the Sapulpa pitcher.
Enid committed seven errors against Sapulpa (9-18). Several of those directly led to runs for the Chieftains as they separated themselves from the Pacers. Sapulpa scored all four of its fourth-inning runs on Enid errors.
Layton was also took the loss in Tuesday's second game after allowing nine runs on six hits and four walks with four strikeouts.
Enid, which lost nine of its last 10 games, has just two postseason wins in the past five seasons.