In the first round of the fall softball state tournament, the Am-Po Panthers beat the Caddo Bruins 5-4.
The Panthers offense exploded for 17 hits and were led by Carli Eubanks. She went 3-4 with 2 singles and a triple. Cierra Shelton went 3-4 with 2 singles and a double, Maddie Boswell went 3-4 with 3 singles, Caleigh Jefferies went 3-4 with 3 singles, Ansleigh Harris went 2-4 with 2 singles, Autumn Braden went 1-3 with a single, Bailey Kite went 1-4 with a single and Aubrey Wallace went 1-3 with a single. The Panthers got a good outing from Freshman pitcher Caton Muncy. She went 7 innings and gave up 4 runs on 9 hits.
The Bruins bats collected 9 hits and were led by Tanna Hightower, who went 3-4 with a single. Kacie Clower went 1-3 with a double, Olivia Weaver went 1-3 with a single, Kylie Anderson went 1-4 with a double, Kaelee Robison went 1-1 with a single and Kennedy Morgan went 2-3 with 2 singles. The Freshman pitcher for the Bruins was Kylie Anderson, who went 7 innings and gave up 5 runs on 17 hits.
The Panthers team looks to keep the #playforrae campaign alive as they move onto the semifinals where they will play Stonewall at 1:30 pm.
Senior Raegan Jackson said “I think my girls played extremely well tonight. I think they played relaxed and like they had nothing to lose. and that’s how we’re going to have to play to win the next two days! These girls are so incredibly selfless and get so much more stoked when their teammate makes a great play than when they do. Our team isn’t about ourselves, we’re about each other. That’s why we’ve had so much success this postseason. AND WE ARE NOT DONE YET!!”
Sophomore Aubrey Wallace said “It’s been a rollarcoaster of a season starting off hot & then losing our leader Raegan was tough. we’ve rallied behind her and each other. Everyone has just stepped up and done their part. We’re just enjoying the moment and playing relaxed and that’s what’s benefiting us. Our motto this year “why not?” has really come into play this post season. We’ve been the underdog & have nothing to lose. Our team chemistry is also a huge factor in this. We truly do whatever it takes for each other. It’s been the most enjoyable season i’ve ever been apart of and I don’t want it to end.“