KEYS - The Kansas Lady Comets managed to jump out to early leads in both of their games Friday at the Keys Festival Friday.
Unfortunately, they could only hang on to one of them. After jumping out to a 3-1 lead in their first game against the host Lady Cougars, the Lady Comets couldn't hang on in a 6-4 loss.
Kinsay Hays started a Kansas rally with one out in the first inning by reaching on a walk from Keys starter Jaycee Stopp. Haley Blackwood then hit a grounder back to the pitcher, but Stopp's wild throw to first allowed Hays to score the first run of the game.
Cortney and Nikki Barnard then followed with singles, the second scoring Blackwood for a 2-0 lead.
After the Lady Cougars pushed a run across in the bottom of the first, the Lady Comets got one back in the top of the third. Blackwood singled with one out and then stole second base. Nikki Barnard then singled, moving Blackwood to third, before another single from Cortney Sharp increased the Lady Comets' lead to 3-1.
Keys struck back in the bottom of the inning, getting three hits and taking advantage of a Kansas error to score three runs and take a 4-3 lead.
Summer Higgins tied the score for Kansas in the top of the fourth with a solo shot over the left field scoreboard, but Keys would take the lead for good with a two run double in the fifth.
Kansas again took an early lead in their second game against Stilwell. After Hays walked and Higgins was hit by a pitch to open the game, Blackwood hit a three-run home run to left centerfield.
Stilwell got a three-run homer of their own in the bottom of the third and added another run on a wild pitch to take a brief 4-3 lead.
Courtney Cowan tied the game for the Lady Comets in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single. Cortney Sharp then provided the winning margin with a two-run single to left centerfield for a 6-4 lead the Lady Comets would not relinquish.
Kansas will play again today at 3 p.m. against Westville and Heavener in Westville.