The Preston Lady Pirate varsity fastpitch softball team improved to 5-0 in district play Tuesday with a 21-0 rout of the visiting Mounds Lady Eagles.
The shutout win was the 12th-straight for the Lady Pirates, who sit at 20-4 on the season, heading into the Mounds Softball Tournament Thursday and Saturday, beginning with a first-round showdown with arch rival Beggs Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
The Preston squad will begin next week’s busy schedule Monday at home against county foe, the Dewar Lady Dragons. Next week’s other games include home games Thursday and Friday against Wilburton and Porter and a road game next Saturday against Pawhuska.
In Tuesday’s home battle with Mounds, the Lady Pirates opened the scoring with 12 runs in the home half of the first. The Preston squad added nine runs in the bottom of the second, then kept the Lady Eagles off the scoreboard in the top of the third for the 21-0, run-rule, win.
Mazie Flud led the Preston offensive attack on Tuesday, finishing 3 for 3 with a single, two doubles, and 4 RBIs.
The other Lady Pirate batters with multi-hit games against Mounds were Taylan Starr (2 for 3, single, double, RBI), Emilie Stidman (2 for 4, double, home run, 8 RBIs), and Kristen Holuby (2 for 4, single, double, 2 RBIs) with two hits apiece. Stidman’s home run came on an Inside-the-Park Grand Slam in the second.
The other Preston base hits in the district contest came on an RBI double by Na’Braijhanae Phillips and a 2-run single by Kinlee Basquez.
Other Lady Pirate baserunners on Tuesday were Starr (hit by pitch, RBI fielder’s choice), Stidman (RBI fielder’s choice), Holuby (error), Phillips (hit by pitch), Basquez (2 errors), Josie Cope (walk, error), Celeste Pineda (2 walks, fielder’s choice), and Alynn LeBlanc (2 hit by pitches, fielder’s choice).
Basquez went the distance in the circle for Preston to earn the pitching win, striking out seven, while allowing just one base hit in three scoreless innings of work.
— Preston 21, Mounds 0
Mounds:0-0-0 0-1-4 Preston: 12 – 9 – x 21 – 11 – 1 WP: Kinlee Basquez LP: Abbott HR: Preston: Emilie Stidman