The Bucks Baseball (22-17, 10-6) and Softball (16-26, 6-14) teams are in full force of conference play within the next few weeks. SOFTBALL Last Tuesday, Rich Mountain Softball traveled to Northern Oklahoma College – Enid, to face the Lady Jets in a doubleheader. In Game One, Madelynn Lacaze hit three home runs as the Bucks went on to win 6-5. Gracie Kimbrell started the game and earned the win with 7.1 innings pitched, 9 hits allowed, and 3 earned runs. Hannah Hunter got two outs in relief and earned the save. In the second game of the doubleheader, the Jets defeated Rich Mountain 8-6. The Bucks were back in action on Thursday in Mena, hosting Eastern Oklahoma College. Rich Mountain dropped game one of the doubleheader 11-8, but rallied to win game two 12-8. Hannah Hunter pitched 7 innings, allowing 8 hits and 8 runs, while striking out 4 batters. Kristen McMillan led Rich Mountain offensively with a home run and 3 RBI, as Hunter added on 2 RBI. Saturday evening, Rich Mountain traveled to Western Oklahoma College. The Bucks were swept in the doubleheader 14-0 and 9-6. On Monday, the Bucks traveled to Northern Oklahoma College – Tonkawa and split a doubleheader with the Lady Mavericks. Rich Mountain lost the first game 8-3, but were victorious 14-6 in the second game. Gracie Kimbrell earned the win in 3.0 innings pitched with only 3 earned runs allowed. Ashlee Gurley led the Bucks with 5 RBI. Bucks Softball is set to host Carl Albert on Thursday at Cummings-Cecil Field.


Coach Lance Spigner and the Bucks Baseball team traveled to Oklahoma Wesleyan last Tuesday and won a JV contest 3-0. On Thursday, Rich Mountain hosted Northern Oklahoma College – Enid for a doubleheader and the first part of a four-game series. Maddox Long pitched a complete game and earned the win in game one, as the Bucks defeated the Jets 9-3. Long pitched 7.0 innings with 7 hits allowed, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts. Randy Little Jr hit a towering home runs and tallied 4 RBI, as Dan Taylor and Rylee Huie added 2 RBI a piece. In Game Two, Grant Shankle earned the start and went 2.1 innings pitched, allowing 4 runs. The Bucks offense powered a 7-6 walk-off victory to sweep the doubleheader. Keelan Hodge pitched 4.2 innings in relief, while Drake Fontenot picked up the win with 3.0 scoreless innings. Eli Garrison drove in 3 RBI, including the winning run on a walk-off hit. To complete the season series, the Bucks traveled to NOC – Enid on Sunday. Rich Mountain fell to the Jets 8-4 in game one, but picked up the series win with a 7-4 victory in game two. James McCormick earned with win with 6.0 innings pitched, 7 hits allowed, 2 earned runs, and 7 strikeouts. Daegan Covington picked up the save with 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing only 2 hits. Dan Taylor hit a solo shot in game two, as Wesley Featherston smashed a grand slam in the fifth inning. The Bucks traveled to Eastern Oklahoma State College on Tuesday and lost in an offensive battle 21-10. Rich Mountain Baseball is scheduled to travel to Murray State College for a doubleheader on Thursday, before hosting the second part of the series on Saturday evening.

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