WESTVILLE - Kansas shortstop Haley Blackwood had a pretty good outing during the Lady Comets' first game against on Tuesday against the Heavener Lady Wolves. Blackwood went two-for-three in that game, driving in a run and scoring one herself as Kansas handed Heavener their second loss of the season by a score of 7-2.
Turns out she was just getting warmed up.
Blackwood went four-for-five in the Lady Comets' second game of the night against host Westville, hitting a pair of home runs and a pair of doubles as Kansas completed a sweep with a 9-6 win in the nightcap.
Kansas struck early in their first game against the Lady Wolves, taking advantage of a pair of hit batsmen to put a pair of runs on the board in the first inning. Heavener starter Logan Hinds would struggle to find the strike zone all game, hitting eight Kansas batters and walking five more.
Blackwood drove in her first run of the day with a single to score Heather Marshall in the second inning to make it 3-0 Kansas. Kinsay Hays added an RBI single as part of a two-run third inning to make it 5-0.
Heavener would get two back in the fourth inning, getting a double and a single to lead off the inning off Hays, the Kansas starter. An error and a walk with two outs would eventually load the bases before Hays hit Mariah Smallwood with a pitch, driving home the second run.
Hays would induce an infield pop-up from the next batter to end the inning, and would allow only two more baserunners while striking out a pair over the final three innings to finish the game.
Kansas would get a run in the fifth when Shenel Wolfe drove in Nikki Barnard with a single. Cortney Barnard would pick up her second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly in the sixth as Kansas put the game away.
After Heavener rallied in the seventh for a comeback victory over Westville in the second game of the tripleheader, the host Lady Yellowjackets took on Kansas in the night's final contest.
Once again the Lady Comets struck early, getting back-to-back home runs from Summer Higgins and Blackwood for a 2-0 lead. Kansas would add another run when Cortney Barnard scored on a double steal.
Westville would come back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, but Blackwood would strike again in the top of the second. After Wolfe and Marshall drew walks to start the inning, Higgins added a run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Blackwood then drove a pitch into the right centerfield gap to score Marshall from second for a 5-2 Kansas lead.
Kansas would stretch their lead to 6-2 after five innings, and Blackwood would hit one to deep left field for a two-run home run that stayed just inside the foul pole to make it 8-2.
Starting pitcher Paige Fielden seemed to have things in hand for the Lady Comets, pitching four shutout innings following the first. Fielden found herself in a bases loaded jam in the sixth, however, after a single followed by a pair of bunt base hits loaded the bases. Westville would eventually take advantage, driving in three runs and cutting the Kansas lead to 8-5.
Higgins would add another run with an RBI double in the seventh and, after Fielden found herself in another bases loaded predicament, Hays came on to get the final two outs and preserve the 9-6 win.
Now 4-3 on the season, the Lady Comets will play again on Friday at the Jay Festival.