In years past, most would have written off the Lady Jays softball team when they were trailing 3-0 going into the fourth inning. However in 2011, you simply can not do that.
Guthrie rallied from a 3-0 deficit to collect a run in the fourth, fifth and two more in the sixth to secure a 4-3 win over El Reno in a home, district game. The win improves the Lady Jays to 14-12 and 7-1 in district play.
Freshmen Bailey Shaffer picked up the win in the circle and delivered the game winning hit when she roped a pitch over the head of the second baseman that found its way to the wall. The double brought in the tying run in Nicole Notz, who was a courtesy runner for Aryn Richardson, and the winning run with Kacie Carrol.
El Reno did not help themselves with three key errors in the inning to set the table for Shaffer.
El Reno’s three runs in the third inning was aided by two errors from Guthrie. The Lady Indians threaten to more runs on the board in the sixth with two runners on base with just one out. The threat went away when Guthrie collected an out at the plate on a ground ball and another out at first base to end the inning.
Guthrie got on the board in the fourth when both McKale Hopfer and Madison Sutton singled up the middle. Hopfer was put out on the bases, designated hitter Richardson drilled a pitch down the right field line for a RBI double.
Head Coach Lee Linsenmeyer’s Lady Jays shrunk the lead down to one in the fifth when Hopfer, again, singled up the middle and brought home Shaffer, who collected an infield hit to reach base.
Hopfer finished the night by going 3-for-3 at the plate.
Next up for Guthrie is another home game when they host Noble Tuesday evening. The game will be a part of the Think Pink Week. The non-district first pitch is set for 5:00.
Game delayed for 30 minutes
Monday’s game to a quick halt when El Reno’s starting pitcher was hit by a line drive in the second inning.
The unknown pitcher was hit in the jaw near the ear by a batted ball by Hopfer. Guthrie paramedics were called to field and transported the young lady to Logan Medical Center. Her condition is unknown at this time by El Reno parents believed she may have suffered a broken jaw.