Whether you’re baking chocolate chip cookies or winning softball games, the key to success is finding a repeatable recipe that works.
All three ingredients for success – timely hitting, good pitching and solid defense – were present in Oklahoma State’s 4-1 win (28-5) against Iowa State in Stillwater on Friday. It is the fourth OSU conference victory.
Even with an ace on the hill in Kelly Maxwell that wasn’t at its peak, the Cowgirls had all the ingredients to claim victory.
“I didn’t think Kelly had her best things today, but she was a mill,” said coach Kenny Gajewski. “She did what she had to and we got enough hits. We made sure our hits count. “
The offensive cowgirls weren’t spectacular. The normally electrical installation of the OSU was relatively quiet. The OSU only scored four goals in the game – one less than the Cyclones (23-9).
However, when they needed a hit the most, the cowgirls got it.
Sydney Pennington, senior third baseman, used the penalty area with two runners and ISU starter Saya Swain, who was eliminated from the game.
She roped a ball into the gap that hit Haley Busby and Alysen Febrey. That shot added to a 3-run bottom of the third – the only crooked number on the scoreboard.
“Sydney Pennington came through tonight,” said Gajewski. “She had three good bats. Got double that. It was big. We need these guys to do runs for us. I was very pleased with the way they made it possible. “
After Kelly Maxwell started the game in the sophomore year and senior pitcher Logan Simunek followed with relief, the Cyclones were held for just one run – a solo shot by Skyler Ramos in the fifth inning.
The Cyclones threatened in the sixth, loading the bases with two outs, but Simunek fought hard in the inning and won by forcing a flyout to left field for the final.
“It was an intense situation with a lot of pressure,” said Pennington. “It was good that we had an experienced pitcher. It’s good that she can experience that again because she’s been through things like this before. I am proud of them for that. It was really good. “
The final ingredient, excellent fielding, was displayed above in the third courtesy of cowgirl midfielder Chyenne Factor.
Factor at least saved the run by immediately breaking to her right and sprinting to make a dive – and Milaysia Ochoa robbed the RBI. With two outs, the multiple cyclones that came home were made a moot point.
“I had no doubt that she would do the piece,” said Maxwell. “She’s great out there. She reads balls very well and somehow makes every catch. “
All three aspects of the game that the cowgirls featured helped them win against a good team from the US state of Iowa. The cowgirls hope to be able to cook with this recipe in the future.
“It’s what wins postseason games,” said Gajewski. “I have to get hits that count. You have to throw zeros on this board and play games. That’s the recipe for winning against top-class teams. “