CORNISH — Failing to plan yielded zeros.
An intentional approach helped Ringling hang a crooked number in the fifth inning.
Boosted by three free passes issued by Wynnewood pitcher Maisie Anderson in the decisive frame, Ringling defeated Wynnewood 6-3 Monday in Jefferson County.
Stepping into the batter’s box with the bases loaded, Whitney Lester won the battle against Anderson by delivering the go-ahead RBI single.
“It’s always good to win, and to know I played a part in helping my team get this victory,” Lester said. “Anderson was throwing good. She had good movement on her ball and she was throwing at good speed.”
Ringling (6-3) adjusted to Anderson’s offerings, coach Steve Pybas said.
“We became more disciplined at the plate,” he said. “We had a plan when we went up there. We knew what pitch to be looking for.
“She just missed her spots and maybe lost focus a little bit. We took advantage.”
Trailing 2-0, Codi Tolliver — the Class A No. 9 Lady Blue Devils No. 8 hitter — opened the rally bid with an infield single. Rayme, her sister, grounded into a 6-4 fielder’s choice.
London Lewis worked a walk.
Steelie Price got Ringling (6-3) on the board with an RBI single that fell in front of Wynnewood’s right fielder. Angel Stoker walked to load the bases. Karagan Cox served as her courtesy runner.
The next hitter, Kass Perkins, also walked, forcing in Lewis to tie the game.
Before delivering the go-ahead hit, Lester spoiled a pair of two-strike pitches. She advanced to second on a fielding error against Anderson.
My goal is to “put the ball in play, hit it hard somewhere and score a run,” Lester said.
Presley Reid and Kylie Christopher drove in insurance runs with a sacrifice fly and two-run double, respectively.
Wynnewood got a run back on Lewis’ throwing error.
The visitors struck first, taking a 2-0 lead in the fourth frame via a two-run home run.
“That being said, it took us five innings to make adjustments there,” Pybas said. “We did a good job on that. I don’t know if she was trying to be fine with her locations, but she’s a great pitcher.”
Ringling returns to the diamond at 5:30 p.m. Friday against Central Marlow.