MADILL — Sulphur started its season off about as well as a team can.
"No runs, no errors, 12 runs after three innings ... we couldn't have really played a whole lot better," Sulphur coach Heath Gilbert said.
Allie Saunders threw three innings of two-hit ball and Sulphur's offense spotted her five runs in the first inning of a 12-0 win against Madill on Tuesday. Before Saunders even made her way to the circle, Sulphur (1-0) had a sizable lead.
Saunders struck out five of the 10 batters she faced, and the Bulldogs took any pressure off of her by scoring three runs or more in every inning.
"Allie did a real good job pitching, we played good defense," Gilbert said. "The main thing is the no walks and no errors, that's the main thing I stress every day.
"It makes it a lot easier when you jump up 5-0 in the first inning because you can relax and just throw strikes."
Saunders helped herself at the plate with three hits, including a double. Hali Gilbert added two hits and a team-high three RBIs for the Bulldogs.
Senior second baseman Harlee Griffis was a catalyst at the top of the lineup with three hits, three runs scored and three stolen bases. The senior, who plans to sign with Oklahoma Baptist next week, said the Bulldogs needed to give their starting pitcher as much run support as possible.
Saunders took over the starting job after the graduation of All-Ardmoreite Pitcher of the Year Sierra McCurry.
"I think it helps her a lot, knowing if they score a run or two when you have 10 on the board it's not going to hurt you," Griffis said. "You still have some leeway and you can just try your best. You're not as pressured to have to do great. You can just do what she does.
"We executed very well today. To come out and score five runs an inning is really good."
Saunders took a no-hitter into the second before a single in the hole at shortstop by Madill's Cheyanne Himelright with one out. Keely Ingle followed with a single for Madill's only other hit.
"We need some games under our belt, to get some experience under us," Madill coach Aaron George said. "Sulphur's a really good team. But we need to battle from the get-go in the batter's box instead of not being ready."
Jadyn Ramer had two hits and two RBIs, Reilly Williams drove in two runs and Haley White scored twice and added an RBI for Sulphur. Darian Cravatt added an RBI double in the first inning.
The Bulldogs went on to finish with 13 hits as as team.
"It's a good way to start the season," Gilbert said. "We still have a long ways to go to get to where we want to be."
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Sulphur 12, Madill 0
Sulphur 534 — 12 13 0
Madill 000 — 0 2 2
Allie Saunders and Hali Gilbert. Ali Selvy and Bailee Sparks. W — Saunders (1-0). L — Selvy (0-1).
2B — Sulphur: Darian Cravatt, Saunders.
Notables — Sulphur: Harlee Griffis 3-3, 3 R, 3 SBs; Gilbert 2-3, 3 RBIs; Saunders 3-3, 2B, RBI; Jadyn Ramer 2-3, 2 RBIs.