Karie Linsemeyer knows that Stillwater High’s softball team can be successful with freshman battery mates.
Four seasons ago, she watched pitcher Makenzi Swick and catcher Sidney McLaughlin join the starting lineup as freshmen and their careers blossom. This year, after Swick and McLaughlin graduate, Stillwater is banking on a new duo.
Freshman pitcher Audrina “Boo” Herber and freshman catcher Calle Cox played important roles in the Lady Pioneers’ 2-0 win over district opponents Putnam City North at Couch Park Monday night.
“These two are at the top,” said Linsenmeyer. “They’ll be just as good as (Swick and McLaughlin) in a few years.”
On a night that Stillwater’s at-bats mostly stayed calm, Herber and Cox were in sync for the shutout, making sure there were two runs enough for a win.
Through seven innings, Herber threw eight strikeouts and allowed just one hit. She quickly engaged and pulled the PC North batters back in order during the top of the first inning.
The Lady Pioneers took the lead in the lower part of the second. Senior outfielder Maggie Glasgow activated the offense with a single to left field, and Cox followed with a double to center field. Junior third baseman Addyson Brown’s RBI fielder choice gave Stillwater a 1-0 lead, and junior first baseman Madalynn Shotwell followed with an RBI groundout, allowing Cox to cross home plate.
Stillwater never scored again. Linsemeyer said she tried making barrels in other ways, but it didn’t happen. She considered the Lady Pioneers’ offense “lucky” to walk away with a win.
Next, Stillwater continues Tuesday’s district game against Sand Springs at 5:30 p.m. on the road, and they strive to make their offense match their pitch.
“I only ask for better things,” said Linsenmeyer. “Focus better and I told them we need to be better emotionally, physically and mentally. We have to be prepared.”