The only thing better than beating a state-ranked district rival once, is beating them twice. The Petrolia Lady Pirates softball team has now topped Archer City in two separate meetings. In their first matchup, the Lady Pirates came from behind to take a 7-6 win over the Lady Cats.
“If you don’t believe in yourself you’re never going to get anything done. So going into that first Archer City game, we were feeling it. We wanted to prove that we weren’t going into playoffs as third or fourth and we weren’t just handed our spot,” says Petrolia first baseman, Ryanne Macklin.
“After our momentum kind of kicked in, we all just started hitting, and doing well. And I think all of the communication in our team just got better,” adds pitcher, Lindy Alexander.
“We knew it would be a tough game, but I knew that if we played well, we could compete. Getting behind, like we did early, we responded by getting a few runs in the third inning, and never gave up, and the way we clawed back into it showed a lot of heart in our girls,” continues head coach, Eric Simmons.
But their second meeting? Petrolia impressively shut out 15th ranked Archer City 8-0, “To come back and beat them the first game, with some controversy in it, there was kind of some bad blood going into the game, and then to go in on Saturday and perform the way we did, was a huge boost for our confidence.”
Left fielder, Brittney Ablia says, “It had that playoff feel. We walked into it feeling like a playoff game, we walked into it knowing that we had to get a job done, and I think it’s what we did.”
This is a young team. They graduated the majority of their infield last year…but the two seniors on the team are still managing to shine.
“Out of nowhere, I just started hitting home runs! I don’t know how, I don’t have an answer! But that’s it! I guess it’s my senior year present,” says Ablia.
The whole Lady Pirates team is showing up to practice and working hard, and Simmons says it’s truly starting to pay off, “This group, they have kind of outdone my expectations, I’m not going to lie.”