MIDWEST CITY – In the last six meetings with Carl Albert dating back to 2016, El Reno High School’s softball team has struggled to compete with the Titans.
Over those three years the Titans have gone 6-0 and outscored El Reno by a 76-13 margin. There were four run-rule wins by Carl Albert and two shutouts.
However, the parity may be shifting toward an even playing field after last week’s battle of unbeaten teams in District 5A-1 as the Indians took Carl Albert to seven complete innings before dropping a 4-1 game to the Titans.
The three-run loss was the closest El Reno has played the Titans since 2015 when Carl Albert pulled out a pair of one-run victories that season, both in extra innings.
“It was the closest we have played them in a couple of years. We are certainly not happy with the outcome but I think the girls have earned some of the respect back,” said El Reno head coach Davee Deaton.
The setback was the first of the season for El Reno, which fell to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the District 5A-1 standings.
The Indians remain tied with Lawton MacArthur for second, both with one loss and a positive 38 in the tiebreaker points, though the Highlanders have two more league wins.
The loss to Carl Albert came down to pushing runners across the plate in key situations as both teams finished with six hits each. The Titans left four runners stranded on base, while El Reno had five – three in scoring position.
El Reno’s lone run came in the fifth inning as Raelyn Kouba hit a lead-off triple and scored on a two-out bloop single by Kira Taber.
Taryn Wahweah went 2-for-3, followed by a single from Bailey Brothers and a double by Kenzi Mutzig.
Miklyn Lumpmouth took the loss from the circle with a line of six hits, four runs and two walks over six complete innings.
El Reno 11, Lawton Ike 0
The Indians logged their third shutout of league play a day before the loss to the Titans, going on the road to defeat Lawton Eisenhower behind a seven-hit attack.
Chenoa White had the lone extra base hit with a double, while Brothers led the team with a 2-for-4 effort.
Ashlee Houston, Mutzig, Kouba and Krystiana Guzman added a hit each as the foursome accounted for five runs scored and five runs batted in.
Lumpmouth threw five innings for the win, allowing two hits and a walk against six strikeouts. The right-hander had a .662 strike percentage after 45 of her 68 pitches found the zone.