MIAMI, Okla. – Connors State interim head coach Rick Carbone was expecting a slugfest against Northern Oklahoma-Enid in the Region II Tournament playin-game Tuesday afternoon at Iverson Field on the campus of Northeastern A&M.
It was far from that as Cowgirls freshman Maylin Hladki tossed a four-hitter in leading Connors State to a 1-0 victory over the Jets and a berth into the Region II Tournament Thursday at Seminole State College.
"Little did I know," said Carbone. "I expected a lot of offense by both teams and we saw two outstanding pitching performances.
"Maylin pitched a great ball game. Scoring that one run in the first, who would have thought it would stand up. But it happened and that's what counts.
"It was a great game and we are going to the tournament again," said Carbone.
The Cowgirls' reward is a 4 p.m. clash with NJCAA's No. 2 ranked and top-seeded Seminoles Belles. The Belles were perfect in Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play (30-0) and 47-2 overall. The No.8 seeded Cowgirls enter the battle with a 16-29 record. They finished OCAC play 10-22.
Connors and Hladki needed only the first inning and just two hits in the game to capture the victory.
Hladki said it was one of her best outings of the season. "I got really lucky and it came at the right time."
She said she wasn't surprised that the one run held up. "I was hoping for more runs for some insurance, but I had confidence in our team.
"My team did really well on defense, no errors and everything was good," said Hladki.
Breanna Simmons opened the game for the Cowgirls with a base hit to left field. Bailey Aldridge then scarified Simmons to second base. Simmons scored on a throwing error by the Jets catcher Courtlyn Head.
That was all Hladki needed as she held the Jets at bay, working out of two scoring threats by the Enid club.
Looking ahead to Thursday's clash with Seminole Hladki said "I am feeling pretty good. Everyone has their days. If we can get it all together we can hang with them. I am looking forward to it."