In both games this season, the Guthrie Lady Jays softball team jumped out to an early lead against Class 5A perennial power Piedmont only to see the Wildcats rally for a 4-3 win.
A walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh from Addison Cassady secured the 5A-2 district title on Monday evening. Guthrie will finish in second place. Both teams will host regionals next month.
Guthrie jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first two innings.
Freshmen sensation Haley Gallo just missed a two-run homer in the first inning, but drove home senior Eadie Jobe to give Guthrie a 1-0 advantage.
The Lady Jays were back on the scoreboard in the second inning when sophomore McKenna Tucker delivered a two out, 2-RBI single to plate Jobe and freshmen Kinley Duehning.
Guthrie led 3-0 until the fourth inning when Piedmont tied the game with all three runs coming after two outs as they took advantage of a hit, a double steal and two errors.
Senior Trinity LeGrande led the seventh inning off with a single, but Piedmont’s Payten Schibbelhute, who pitched all seven innings, did not allow the rally to go any further.
Also for the second time against Piedmont, Duehning pitched well enough to earn the win. Last month, Piedmont scored three runs in the sixth inning for their first lead en route to a 4-3 win. Related article: Piedmont rallies past Guthrie Softball
Piedmont, who is the only 5A team to defeat Guthrie this year, improves to a 25-3 record. Guthrie falls to 15-6 on the season.
The Lady Jays are back on the field on Tuesday as they host the OKC Bronchos beginning at 5 p.m. On Thursday they travel to Enid for a 5 p.m. contest and wrap up the week with a district double-header with Bishop McGuinness at home. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.