By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
The Midwest City softball team continues to make steady improvement.
The Lady Bombers last week swept a doubleheader with Booker T. Washington, after dropping a one-run game against Muskogee. That improved their record to 7-10, which is two more wins than all last season.
“They worked hard in the offseason, and they’re starting to jell and come together,” said coach Mark Judson.
Midwest City (7-10) has improved on offense and defense. As of last week, they have scored 105 runs and allowed 102 runs with a run differential of +3. At this point last season, the team had a -99-run differential with 62 runs scored and 161 allowed.
On Friday, Midwest City took two from Booker T. Washington.
In game one, the Lady Bombers scored five runs in each of the first three innings in a 15-1 rout.
Addy Scott put Midwest City on the board when she stole home in the first. Kore’Yanna Matthews hit a two-run single in the inning.
Norelli Brown hit a three-run triple in the second inning, making it a 10-1 score.
In the third inning, Keke Walker added a two-run single and later scored on a passed ball. Kadynce Berry was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for a 15-1 lead.
Brown allowed one run on two hits and struck out four.
In game two, the Lady Bombers pulled ahead early again.
Berry doubled in a run in the first.
In the third inning, Karissa Payne hit an RBI triple which was followed by an RBI double by Brown, making it a 5-0 lead.
“Karissa Payne gets hits when we need them,” Judson said. “She’s amazing when the pressure is on.”
The Lady Bombers tacked on two more runs in the fourth as Thompson and Payne both stole home, making it a 7-0 final.
Livia Davis threw a two-hit shutout for the win.
Midwest City has a tough slate this week. They will play Jenks on Thursday and host first-place Mustang on Saturday in a makeup game.
“We’ll see what happens. These girls needed to learn how to win and they’re starting to get it,” Judson said.