LHS trying to piece together defense
Defense is a puzzle that Lawton High softball is trying to piece together.
It still has a few missing fragments.
The Wolverines committed six errors, all in the middle innings, in a 9-3 district loss to Putnam City, dropping LHS to 0-4 in league play.
Early on, the defense looked like it was finding its footing with a perfectly played 4-6 double play on a line drive in the first inning, to end a threat.
The Pirates broke out their bats in the second inning recording six hits that included two doubles and a triple to plate five runs. A defensive miscue on a ground ball turned what would have been the third out into an infield single and eventually led to two more runs.
"That was a huge inning," LHS head coach Kyle Brierton said. "One thing about our girls is they have a short memory, which is good and bad. They let both the good and bad go. Unfortunately, they're kind of used to losing and I don't think it affects them. When we make a mistake, we can't let teams go off and get six runs."
The Wolverines (0-4) didn't go away quietly though as Madison Burk, Lexie Tahsequah and Jessica Flynn all singled to start the home half of the second. Two batters later, Mindi Sherran plated Burk via a walk. The courtesy runner for Sherran was picked off a first a few pitches later, but on the play Tahsequah stole home to get LHS within 3-2.
After PC's Makayla Jackson ripped a one-out double to centerfield in the third, the LHS defense finally broke down. A routine ground ball resulted in a slightly off target throw to first that was dropped. The next batter popped out, which should have ended the inning but was followed by an RBI-single.