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Eisenhower first baseman Alyssa Pletcher waits on a throw from the shortstop that beat Edmond Santa Fe’s Aliyah Young for an out in the fourth inning Friday. Santa Fe went on to a 4-1 win.MacArthur catcher Kassidy Kephart waits for the ball as Edmond Santa Fe’s Aliyah Young slides safely into home. Edmond Santa Fe went on to a 9-2 win.

Mac, Ike fall in Lawton Festival

Eisenhower and MacArthur had reason to defend their ground as it welcomed a handful of Oklahoma City-area teams to town for its softball festival Friday. 

Neither team got it done  at least in the first two outings  as Edmond Santa Fe dealt Mac a 9-2 setback, then turned around and defeated Ike, 4-1. 

In the late games, Eisenhower lost 7-4 to Norman North and MacArthur's game finished after press time.

Ike competes in loss 

Eisenhower left six runners on base during its 4-1 loss to Santa Fe. An error at shortstop to start the game ultimately allowed a run to score, and brought to mind a pair of mistake-laden losses a day earlier. 

But there were bright spots for the Eagles, who were coming off defeats of 20-5 and 16-6 to Edmond North on Thursday. Ike produced three errors Friday, but made plenty of sharp plays in the field. The Eagles were solid enough defensively to allow for a chance to win, getting the tying run to the plate down three runs in the bottom of the seventh. 

"We're so much closer. We're right there," Ike coach April Chapman said of her team's progress in one day. "We got runners on I think every inning. I made a mistake that cost us a run. (waving Kayla Johnson on a double to third base, where she was thrown out)." 

Sophomore pitcher Kylie Garrett continued working through a back ailment and only allowed two hits in the final six innings. She struck out one batter and allowed three earned runs in seven innings of work. 

"She really got focused today. She was throwing a lot harder. We got her stretched out really well and she hit her spots. She came in here with a mindset and did her part," Chapman said. "I think our defense played its part, too. We just had a lot of close plays that first inning." 

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