After a challenging season-opening road trip, the Cowley College softball team returned home Tuesday afternoon to sweep a doubleheader against Metropolitan at Lady Tigers Field.
The Lady Tigers slipped past the Lady Wolves 5-4 in the opener before run-ruling Metropolitan 14-0 in the nightcap.
“It was good to play where we have been practicing for months,” Cowley coach Jenny Hoyt said. “We still have some things to clean up, but we needed those wins for our confidence.”
Sophomore Skylar Darnell homered and drove in two, while freshman Dezmen Duncan went 1 for 3 with two RBI in the opener.
The Lady Tigers (3-7) led 5-2 heading into the top of the seventh inning.
Two hits, two walks and an error allowed the Lady Wolves to plate a pair of runs in the top of the seventh before Savannah Carter grounded out to end the game.
Sophomore Ashlynn Mercer (2-3) earned the win in the circle, allowing four hits and two earned runs in the complete-game victory. Mercer struck out six and walked five.
“Ashlynn had good strikeouts numbers, but needs to attack the zone a little more and not allow free bases,” Mercer said.
Sophomores Kalyn Stigall and Christian Wind blasted three-run home runs in a nine-run second inning and the Lady Tigers cruised in the five-inning nightcap.
Freshman Alivia Lange added her second home run of the season and drove in four.
“We had several people swing the bat well,” Hoyt said.
Freshman Brooke Mason (1-4) earned her first collegiate win in the circle, leaving with a no-hitter after four innings. Mason struck out six and walked six before giving way to Sophia Martin, who tossed a scoreless fifth inning.
“Brooke needs to limit her walks, but did a good job of pitching out of tough situations,” Hoyt said.
Paige Hughes had three of Cowley’s seven stolen bases in game two and now has eight stolen bases on the season.
Cowley’s home doubleheader Thursday against NOC-Tonkawa has been moved to 1 p.m. Friday.
“We need to put the pressure on them offensively and do a good job (in the circle) of controlling their hitters,” Hoyt said.
Cowley 5, Metro 4 — Game 1
Cowley 14, Metro 0 — Game 2