On a current four game winning streak after their most recent district loss to Kingston, the Comanche Lady Indians softball team is hoping to continue the momentum of their season success.
Monday evening at home, the Lady Indians pulled off an 8-2 victory over Lindsay and a three way tie for first place in the district with Comanche having the tie breaker as of right now.
Lady Indians coach Aaron Minor, who has his team at 9-2 overall and 3-1 in district play, said this season he has been proud of the way the team has responded and is happy with the way the year has gone.
“So far I have been pretty pleased with the way the season has went. We are 9-2. We dropped a district game to Kingston 1-0 and it was just two good pitchers battling each other,” Minor said. “We had runners in scoring position, we just couldn’t come through with a timely base hit on that game, but next time we might beat them. Other than that loss I feel pretty good. We are playing really good and hitting as a team together and I’m very pleased.”
The three district wins for the Lady Indians were against Marietta, Marlow and Monday against Lindsay with the biggest coming on the road against Marlow. Minor knows that was a huge boost for his team.
“The thing is, it is not just about the Marlow win, yes it was a good one. This to me is bigger than Marlow because we are out here to beat everybody,” Minor said. “We haven’t done that yet with Kingston. My goal is now that we have seen, and I know it is not a given, but now that we have proven we can beat Marlow and kind of got over the hump I hope. Our next step is to keep it going when we see these good district teams and now we need to take care of Kingston the next time because the main goal is to win our district.”
Comanche will now head to Colorado for a tournament this weekend on Friday and Saturday. Minor said it’s a team bonding trip, however, the team will go compete for wins and enjoy their team outing and not have the stress of district games.
Comanche is being led by three seniors, Emily Roden, Brooklin Bain and Hannah Powell, and they have done a great job helping Minor meet the team goals for 2019.
“The senior group has been incredible, which I kind of thought they would be, but they might have even exceeded my expectations,” Minor said. “I expected them to be good as far as leaders and contributing on the field, they have went above and beyond and really showed some leadership. And leadership is not always vocal. We have some girls that are leading by example which has been really big for these girls coming in.”
“Our pitching has been really good so far. Going into the season I knew it would be and I’m telling you all three girls, Brooklin Bain, Brooklyn Gill and Kinley Rendon, I’m telling you have pitched really well,” Minor said. “Rendon has come in as a relief pitcher most of the season and has done a really good job. She got a start this last weekend in Stillwater against Howe and went the whole game and pitched an incredible game. All three pitchers have been really pitching and that is what I have expected.”
All of the games in Colorado will be on Friday and Saturday for the Lady Indians and Comanche will then return to district play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 3rd after playing several games.