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Latta softball squad opens season with spring break split

Mar. 19—LATTA — The Latta High School softball team opened the season over spring break and split a pair of contests.

The Lady Panthers got things started with a 7-4 win over Idabel in a road game before dropping a 10-0 decision to Broken Bowl Friday evening.

Coach Jeremy Bates' squad will open the home portion of its 2024 slowpitch slate by hosting local foe Stonewall at 5:30 p.m. today. Latta is at Roff Thursday.

Latta 7, Idabel 4

The Lady Panthers used a three-run volley in the top of the fifth inning to snap a 4-4 tie and secure the victory.

Laraby Jennings led off the fifth inning with a walk and went to second on a base hit by Kate Williams. With one out, Audrey Forshay singled to center field to load the bases.

Ayzia Booth followed with a two-run double to put Latta ahead 6-4. Taryn Cotanny tacked on an insurance run with an RBI single.

Latta piled up 12 hits in their opener. Williams, Forshay and Booth all had two hits each to pace the LHS effort.

Williams finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, Booth went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Forshay ended up 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Jennings finished 1-for-1 with two walks, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Lady Panthers.

Idabel, 2-1 on the season, managed just four hits in the contest by four different players. Damaya Hunt and Chasely Roberts had run-scoring singles for the Class 5A Lady Warriors.

Broken Bow 10, Latta 0

The Lady Savages got their bats going early, scoring two runs in each of the first three innings to jump out to a 6-0 lead.

Meanwhile, Latta finished with only six hits — singles by six different players — in the five-inning affair. Talise Parnell, Ayzia Booth, Jaycie Prine, Audrey Forshay, Laraby Jennings and Kymber Davis were all credited with base hits.

Caitlynn Hammer and Emory Noah both blasted home runs for Broken Bow. Hammer finished 2-for-2 with a walk, two RBIs and three runs scored in Broken Bow's 13-hit attack. Noah went 2-for-3 with a walk, three RBIs and a run scored.

Mia Carney, the team's leadoff hitter, went 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored and Haylie Brantley ended up 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored for the home team.

Jaxie Glasson cracked a double for Broken Bow.