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Lady Dusters

October 16, 2014

Lady Dusters dominate

All-conference softball

Just as they did in the regular season of play, the Beaver/Forgan Lady Dusters dominated the Panhandle All-Conference softball team, which was announced Tuesday morning.

Beaver, which finished the season 21-5 and was dominant over Panhandle competition, placed all nine of its starters on the squad.

Those named to the team were: seniors Shalyn Farrington, KaDawn McReynolds and Gabriela Morales; juniors Nikki Taylor, Alexis Janko, Conner Sutton and Kylie Allen and sophomores Payton Russell and Averi Lansden.

Others on the squad included, by school, were:

Boise City: Addison Munsch, Megan Trantham and Amy Rosas.

Goodwell/Keyes: Shambri Kelso and Cydne Hutchings.

Hooker: Dakota Burden, Dallas Culwell, Sara Kraft and Naoma Rodriguez.

Texhoma: Lakin Winters, Tristen Green and Braelyn Beattie.

Turpin/Balko: Alyssa Kinser, Annalynn Kirkhart, Ashli Funk and Mallory Hawkins.

Tyrone: Amber Andrews, Ashlye Reardon and Kyleigh Ramirez.

 

October 9, 2014

Lady Dusters end season at Regional with 21-5 record

 

MOORELAND - The 2014 high school softball season was unique for the Lady Dusters. The new year brought a coop with Forgan and produced yet another good season.

However, the Lady Dusters fell short of their ultimate goal of reaching the state tournament here Friday with a 5-2 loss to Ringwood. The team did finish the year with a remarkable 21-5 record.

"I know we had higher hopes for the year, but we ran into some good teams with cold bats," BHS coach Casey Jones said. "We made some uncharacteristic errors that we hadnít had during the year.

"I told the girls after the game that I appreciated the Forgan girls coming down. The kids are the ones who made it work. Sometimes, you worry about how they were going to mesh. They all knew each other and knew who they were. Now, they all know each other. I donít think there were any hard feelings at all as the season unfolded. I just wish we could have done better at the end of the season."

The Lady Dusters started the tournament on Thursday with a 14-6 loss to the eventual champion Mooreland. The Lady Bearcats built an 8-0 lead after four innings and didnít really seal the game until a 6-run seventh. Beaver had just six hits in the contest along with six defensive errors - including two in the first inning. Junior Lexi Janko led the way with a pair of hits and an RBI, while juniors Conner Sutton and Kylie Allen, senior KaDawn McReynolds and sophomore Averi Lansden each had one hit. McReynolds and Lansden both added RBIs, Jones noted.

Lansden was the loser on the mound. She faced just four hitters, then was replaced by McReynolds, who threw seven full frames and scattered six hits.

Also on Thursday, Beaver belted Hooker 13-0. The game featured home runs by Janko and sophomore Brianna Hoover. Jankoís homer was a grand slam as she finished the day 2-of-4 with 5RBI. Hooverís shot was a solo blast. McReyolds went 3-for-3 at the plate as well with an RBI, while junior Nikki Taylor and Allen both added two hits. Lansden had one hit and an RBI.

On the mound, Lansden (11-2) was the winner, tossing five innings and giving up just one hit. She struck out eight Hooker hitters and gave up just one walk.

On Friday, the Lady Dusters had a battle with Ringwood. BHS took a 2-1 lead into the top of the seventh but the Lady Red Devils plated four for a 5-2 lead. Beaver, which only had four hits, went down in order to end the game. Sophomore Payton Russell had two big hits - including a rally-starting double to lead off the sixth. McReynolds and Allen had one hie apiece.

On the rubber, McReynolds was great. She threw all seven innings, struck out five and gave up just six hits. Of the five Ringwood runs in the game, only one was earned.

"Overall, I am pretty pumped with what they did," Jones said. "We have to find some way to get confidence at the plate. The kids need to work between now and next year to get better."

 

 

Regional softball tournament

to start Thursday in Mooreland

 

MOORELAND - With three of the top 11 stacked in one Class A Regional that starts here Thursday afternoon, the Beaver Lady Duster softball team has quite a chore in order to advance into next weekís State Tournament.
Beaver, 20-3 and ranked 10th in the final poll, will take on 11th ranked Mooreland at noon in the opener. Ringwood, ranked sixth, will face Hooker. The winners will play at 6, and the losers will face off in an elimination game at 4 p.m. Only one team advances to State, which will be held next week in Shawnee.
ĎIt is a tough Regional, but there are good teams everywhere," Lady Duster coach Casey Jones said. "You just have to play people they put in front of you.
"I havenít seen Mooreland play, but I do know they play great defense and are good hitters. From what I understand, they make plays all the time. If you hit it to them, you are out."
This year, for the first time, Beaver had a coop with Forgan in softball. Forgan has six girls on the team, including four starters. The Lady Dusters have two solid pitchers and a defense that sports a .906 fielding percentage.
"We bring really good pitching and good defense, most of the time," Jones said. "But, sometimes our hitting is spotty. I feel pretty confident in the first four or five batters, but sometimes they are down. I feel upbeat that we can do really well and take the next step. We are going to have to play three good games in the Regional. We are capable."

 

September 25, 2014

No problems: Lady Dusters roll to Dist. title

Strong pitching, big

innings help pave way

to District victories

A 9-run burst in the first game and a 15-run inning in the second contest helped the 10th ranked Beaver Lady Dusters to a pair of run rule wins over Laverne Monday afternoon in the Class A District Tournament.
BHS, which improved to 20-3 overall, with wins of 14-1 and 24-0, will move into Regional play next week. The Lady Dusters did host Woodward JV on Tuesday in the regular season finale.
"It took us a little while to get our bats going, but once we did it snowballed on Laverne," Lady Duster coach Casey Jones said. "We did play pretty well defensively. I think we only had one error the whole two games.
"We didnít have a very good practice on Sunday. I always worry on do or die dies, but the kids handled it well. The kids handled it really well and were ready to play."
Dominant pitching was also in the Lady Dustersí favor on Monday. Senior KaDawn McReynolds and sophomore Averi Lansden combined to give up just one hit in the eight innings.
McReynolds (10-2) was the game one winner. She threw five innings and struck out six Lady Tiger hitters. And Lansden (10-1) was the game two winner. She tossed a no hitter through three innings and struck out three, Jones said.
BHS was also good at the plate. In the first game, McReynolds, Lansden and junior Nikki Taylor all had a pair of hits. Taylor had 2RBI as well. Juniors Conner Sutton and Lexi Janko, along with sophomore Payton Russell and senior Shalyn Farrington also had hits.
The Lady Dusters were also good in the field. In the first two innings, Laverne had runners on base, but BHS made great plays in the outfield and infield.
In the second game, Taylor and Lansden led the way with three hits apiece. Taylor drove in three runs, while Lansden had 2RBI. McReynolds and Janko both had a pair of hits, while Farrington, junior Kylie Allen and sophomore Brianna Hoover each had one hit.
Woodward 10, Beaver 7
On Sept. 18, the Lady Dusters traveled to Woodward and were defeated by the 4A Lady Boomers 10-7.
BHS had a 7-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth but Woodward exploded for seven runs thanks to several Lady Duster errors. The Lady Dusters did have six hits in the game - two each by Sutton and Janko and one each from McReynolds and Lansden.
Each pitcher went three innings on the mound. Lansden was the starter, giving up one hit with three strikeouts. McReynolds, who took the loss, gave up four hits in her outing.
BHS will await its Regional pairing, which will be announced next Monday at 4 p.m. Jones wants the team to be more focused in practice as they prepare for the Regional.
"You have to practice like you play, and we donít sometimes," Jones said. "And our approach at the plate is not like it should be. When you walk up to the plate and there are two outs, you are up there to hammer the first good pitch.
"I am pleased with how they have performed. The kids have responded, and it has been a fun season."

 

SHATTUCK - The 10th ranked Beaver Lady Dusters played here Thursday in the Shattuck Tournament, earning two big wins over Seiling and the host Lady Indians (#7, Class B), but the title match against Leedey was cancelled Saturday because of rain.

BHS (14-2) beat Seiling 14-3, and the Lady Indians 14-7. On Tuesday, the Lady Dusters defeated Woodward JV 11-2.

"It was a good week," BHS coach Casey Jones said. "There is always more to work on. We need to be more consistent at the plate. We sure seem to leave a lot of runners on base. Against Woodward, though, we had nine runs after two outs.

"I am pretty pleased overall. I am still looking for a spark at the plate from some of them. It is the home stretch, and we need to get it done."

Beaver hosted Hooker on Tuesday and will also entertain Turpin on Thursday. As of press time, the finals of the Shattuck Tournament had not been rescheduled.

 

This week Lady Dusters travel to Shattuck Tourney begins Sept. 4-6
Sept. 9 Hooker here
Sept 11 Turpin here


RIP IT! - Lady Duster sophomore Payton Russell drives a pitch for a single during Tuesday nightís game against Woodward JV. BHS won the contest 11-2 to move to 12-2 overall on the season. The 10th ranked Lady Dusters will play in the Shattuck Tournament starting Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

 

McReynolds tosses 3-hitter, smacks

inside park homer in 11-2 victory

FORGAN - Senior KaDawn McReynolds tossed a 2-hitter and started a 9-run rally in the fifth inning with an inside the park home run here Tuesday night as the Lady Duster softball team defeated Woodward JV 11-2.

Beaver, ranked 10th in the latest Class A poll, moved to 12-2 overall. The Lady Dusters will compete Thursday in the Shattuck Tournament against Seiling at 11:30 a.m. and Shattuck at 1 p.m.

It took three innings Tuesday for the bats to get rolling as the game was knotted at 0-0 until the bottom of the fourth, when BHS scored two runs. Woodward tied the game in the top of the fifth, but the Lady Dusters exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the fifth.

"Our batting is not good right now. No one put the bat on the ball in the first three innings," BHS coach Casey Jones said. "Our approach to hitting is not what it needs to be. We had a week off and spent a lot of time in the cage. We need to get in the groove and do it in a hurry. This is the last week of the rankings before the playoff pairings come out."

McReynolds, on the mount, was dominant. She finished the game with six strikeouts and walked just three Woodward batters. She also went 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI on the home run.

Sophomore Averi Lansden had two hits on the night, including a 2RBI double in the fifth. Junior Nikki Taylor also had an RBI double, as did senior Shalyn Farrington. Sophomore Payton Russell, junior Kylie Allen and freshman Devyn Lansden all added RBI on the night.

"If we would have played a team like Shattuck tonight they would have crushed us," Jones said. "We do play pretty good defense sometimes, and tonight was no different. Except for a couple of times, we were solid defensively. We are still switching people in and out trying to find our positions.

"We will go back to work Wednesday and then see where the chips fall on the weekend."

 

No 9 Lady Dusters defeated Texhoma to win the Panhandle softball shoot out Aug, 23, 2014



When the dust cleared (and there was plenty of it with gusty winds all weekend) late Saturday evening after the finals of the 2014 Panhandle Shootout fast pitch softball tournament, one thing was pretty clear: The Beaver Lady Dusters definitely had the best pitching duo in the field.

Behind senior KaDawn McReynolds and sophomore Averi Lansden, who combined to allow just four runs and only 11 hits in four games, the Lady Dusters (11-2) won the tournament for the second straight year. BHS is ranked 9th in Class A.

"We gave up four runs in the whole tournament. Pitching is a key in this sport, and we are fortunate to have two girls who put it around the plate all of the time. Both are different type of pitchers and it is hard for an opponent to get a ready," coach Casey Jones said.

"We never had to switch them during the game at the tournament. And our defense backed them up pretty well. However, you have to think after you catch the ball. We didnít have too many errors and have been pleased. We havenít been able to practice much since it started. We have a lot of things we need to cover more."

One part of the game that wasnít so great was hitting. BHS had just four hits in the 7-3 win overTexhoma in the semi-finals, then had five in the 6-1 victory over the Lady Devils in the title game.

"We need more girls to hit the ball consistently," Jones said. "We want to go far in the playoffs, but when we play teams that have all nine girls who can put it in play, we will be in trouble. We left a lot of runners on base in every game. We lost a lot of those runs just striking out.

"And, on Saturday, we had a runner on third five times and couldnít bunt them in. We just need to get the ball on the field of play. I was really frustrated with that. It is my job to look at things we need to correct. Yes, the girls are working hard, but it is frustrating not to get a set line up in place yet."

BHS started the tournament with a 10-0 victory over Turpin then beat Woodward JV Saturday morning 3-0. Also last week, the Lady Dusters run ruled Buffalo 9-0 in five frames.

Beaver took the week off and will next play Sept. 2 at Forgan against Woodward JV then compete in the Shattuck Tournament over the weekend.

Good help

Coach Jones wanted to note how much he appreciated the help from the parents and others in the community who either helped on the field or with the concession stand and hospitality room.

"Every time a game ended there were six or seven people ready to help," Jones said. "They sure kept things going. Every game was a time limit game, so we tried to stay on schedule. You still have to do field maintenance. The ladies who worked the gate and concession stand did a great job. We have parents who are willing to make a sacrifice to help the program.

"It brings people to down, and our downtown businesses profit from that. Our facility is as good as any in the area, and we like to show it off. People from other towns see the help that we get, and what that does is leave an impression of how great our people are."

When the dust cleared (and there was plenty of it with gusty winds all weekend) late Saturday evening after the finals of the 2014 Panhandle Shootout fastpitch softball tournament, one thing was pretty clear: The Beaver Lady Dusters definitely had the best pitching duo in the field.

Behind senior KaDawn McReynolds and sophomore Averi Lansden, who combined to allow just four runs and only 11 hits in four games, the Lady Dusters (11-2) won the tournament for the second straight year. BHS is ranked 9th in Class A.

"We gave up four runs in the whole tournament. Pitching is a key in this sport, and we are fortunate to have two girls who put it around the plate all of the time. Both are different type of pitchers and it is hard for an opponent to get a ready," coach Casey Jones said.

"We never had to switch them during the game at the tournament. And our defense backed them up pretty well. However, you have to think after you catch the ball. We didnít have too many errors and have been pleased. We havenít been able to practice much since it started. We have a lot of things we need to cover more."

One part of the game that wasnít so great was hitting. BHS had just four hits in the 7-3 win overTexhoma in the semi-finals, then had five in the 6-1 victory over the Lady Devils in the title game.

"We need more girls to hit the ball consistently," Jones said. "We want to go far in the playoffs, but when we play teams that have all nine girls who can put it in play, we will be in trouble. We left a lot of runners on base in every game. We lost a lot of those runs just striking out.

"And, on Saturday, we had a runner on third five times and couldnít bunt them in. We just need to get the ball on the field of play. I was really frustrated with that. It is my job to look at things we need to correct. Yes, the girls are working hard, but it is frustrating not to get a set line up in place yet."

BHS started the tournament with a 10-0 victory over Turpin then beat Woodward JV Saturday morning 3-0. Also last week, the Lady Dusters run ruled Buffalo 9-0 in five frames.

Beaver took the week off and will next play Sept. 2 at Forgan against Woodward JV then compete in the Shattuck Tournament over the weekend.

Good help

Coach Jones wanted to note how much he appreciated the help from the parents and others in the community who either helped on the field or with the concession stand and hospitality room.

"Every time a game ended there were six or seven people ready to help," Jones said. "They sure kept things going. Every game was a time limit game, so we tried to stay on schedule. You still have to do field maintenance. The ladies who worked the gate and concession stand did a great job. We have parents who are willing to make a sacrifice to help the program.

"It brings people to down, and our downtown businesses profit from that. Our facility is as good as any in the area, and we like to show it off. People from other towns see the help that we get, and what that does is leave an impression of how great our people are."


YOUíRE OUT - Junior shortstop Conner Sutton scoops up a ball for an out during
Saturday nightís title game against Texhoma. Sutton got on base 12-of-13 times during
the tournament.

 


Sophomore Averi Lansden pitched first game Saturday and won to keep Lady
Dusters in Winner's bracket Lady Dusters won final game and tournament in
final game Saturday

 

Lady Dusters 6 wins 2 losses overall for year

 

HOOKER - Junior Nikki Taylor went 4-for-4 with 4RBI - including an in-the-park home run, and sophomore Lexi Janko went 3-for-4 with 4RBI and a pair of in-the-park homers as the Beaver High School girls softball team thumped Hooker here Monday afternoon 14-0.

BHS improved to 6-2 overall with the run-rule victory that was sparked by 14 hits in the contest along with a 1-hit shutout pitching performance by sophomore Averi Lansden.

Lansden (4-1) retired the first 13 batters of the game before the Lady Bulldogs reached base. She had seven strikeouts in the contest and zero walks. She was also 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI on an inside-the-park home run.

Junior Kylie Allen also had a multiple hit outing, going 2-for-4 with 3RBI. Senior KaDawn McReynolds, junior Conner Sutton and sophomore Brianna Hoover also added base hits, coach Casey Jones said Tuesday morning.

 

HERE WE GO - The 2014 softball season started in earnest last Tuesday (August 12) and will continue through the end of September. In the top photo, Lady Duster senior pitcher KaDawn McReynolds delivers a ball during a game Saturday at the Woodward Tournament.

 

 

 

Beaverís top hitter - junior Lexi Janko - blasts a single in a game Saturday morning at Woodward.

 

Woodward Tournament

After starting the 2014 season with wins over Texhoma (12-2) and Guymon (12-3), Beaver played Friday and Saturday in the Woodward Boomer Invitational with mixed results.

The Lady Dusters dropped the first game on Friday to Watonga (8-7) in a game that saw the team make five errors. BHS rebounded with wins over Fargo (16-3), Waynoka (13-0) and Cheyenne (2-0) before dropping a 4-2 decision to Kingfisher early Saturday afternoon.

"Going into the Woodward Tournament, I am not sure what we expected but there are four or five teams that are really good," Jones said. "We didnít play very well in our losses to Kingfisher and Watonga. We are doing well defensively except for a couple of spots where the kids need to step up.

"In the seven games we have had seven lineups trying to find the kids who want a spot. We need more consistency defensively, and those who are out there need to perform at the plate. We have some kids who are getting on base, but we canít get them around to score."

In the Woodward Tournament opener, Beaver only had two hits, both of which were home runs by McReynolds and Janko. Against Fargo and Waynoka, BHS hit the ball better but there were only four hits in the win over Cheyenne (two by Janko who scored both runs). In the loss to Kingfisher, the Lady Dusters had just one hit - a bloop single by Sutton that drove in one run in the fifth inning.

Jones, however, did mention that he will have a lineup and positions settled by the first of September. There are 22 players on the team that is made up of 16 girls from Beaver and six from Forgan.

"I am really pleased with the coop, and how the girls are meshing," Jones said. "Attitudes are good and even though when you move people in and out some start pouting. But they better suck it up and perform when they are given the chance. It will be the first of September when we finally get our lineup settled."

Beaver hosted Buffalo on Tuesday then will play in the Panhandle Conference Tournament this weekend. Games will start Friday at both Beaver and Forgan with all games Saturday at Beaver. The bracket for the 2014 Panhandle Shootout can be seen on page seven of this weekís edition of the newspaper.

 

 

 

 

2009


Lady Dusters on the way to Class A State Basketball playoffs for the second year in a row.
The Lady Dusters play at Carl Albert gym at 2 p.m. Thursday. Friday and Saturday
games will be played at the Fairgrounds

 

 

WINS SWEEPSTAKES. The BHS chorus won sweepstakes at a recent
state contest in Shawnee. Individuals in the chorus also won individual awards.
Teacher is Cara McDonald and Bonnie Dyer.

 

 

 


 

 

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