FPC Lady Plainsmen take part in Murray State Festival

The Frank Phillips College Lady Plainsmen softball team had a busy weekend competing in eight games over three days at the Murray State Festival in Tishomingo, Okla.Over the three days, the Lady Plainsmen posted a 3-5 record.Frank Phillips 5 Rose State College 1The Lady Plainsmen bested Rose State College 5-1 in seven innings on Friday as Janelle Smith hit a home run and drove in two runners.Ashley Abair was a workhorse on the rubber, pitching seven innings and allowed no earned runs, four hits and no walks while striking out five.North Central Texas College 11 Frank Phillips 1Lucinda Ponce went 2-3 at the plate, including hitting a home run. But North Central Texas outmuscled the Lady Plainsmen for the ten-run win.Murray State College 9 Frank Phillips 0Murray State College stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the second inning. Despite getting the loss, Cheyenne Ford had a solid game in the pitcher’s circle racking up five strikeouts, four earned runs, 10 hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings. Conners State College 10 Frank Phillips 2Frank Phillips 6 Eastern Oklahoma State College 1Three first-inning runs helped the Lady Plainsmen get a 6-1 win over Eastern Oklahoma State College on Saturday. The Lady Plainsmen were sparked by Ponce and Smith, who teamed up for four hits and three RBIs. Northeastern Texas College 15 Frank Phillips 13Frank Phillips 9 Neosho County Community College 1The Lady Plainsmen blew out Neosho County Community College 9-1 on Sunday after scoring six runs in the second inning. Ponce homered in the first inning and singled in the third and fifth innings. Ford was in control on the rubber. Neosho County Community College managed just three hits off of the Frank Phillips College’s pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked four and struck out one during her five innings of work. Paris Junior College 16 Frank Phillips 13The two teams combined for 29 runs and 18 hits, including 11 extra base hits. But Paris Junior College scored six runs in the first inning to build an early lead. The Lady Plainsmen also committed nine errors in the loss.The Lady Plainsmen now hold a 4-12 record for the season and will next host Garden City Community College in a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 1:00 p.m.