The Golden Suns will open conference play against the Northwestern Oklahoma Lady Rangers this weekend at Chartwells field starting tomorrow, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. The Golden Suns come out of the weekend traveling back from Emporia, Kansas, where they picked up three wins in the “We’ll weather the weather whatever the weather” Classic.
The Golden Suns, 8-3 in overall play, will take on their first Great American Conference opponent the Lady Rangers. The Rangers are 1-5 in overall play, coming off a split series with the Newman Jets.
In the four game classic, the Golden Suns took on the Missouri-St. Louis Tritons, the Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears, the Pittsburg State Gorillas and the Northeastern State Riverhawks. They took one game apiece from the Tritons, the Gorillas and the Riverhawks. While losing one to the Golden Bears.
In the first match of the day, the Golden Suns won over the Tritons 5-3 in a low hit game. Sydnie Henson, from Greenwood, was the only one with multiple hits in the game. Cara Tolar, from San Antonio, Texas, allowed six hits over four innings, and only three runs. Megan Goodnight, from Cabot, pitched for three scoreless innings, while only allowing four hits.
In the second match, the Golden Suns dropped the close game to the Golden Bears 3-4. Bailey Shaffer, from Guthrie, Oklahoma, shut down the Golden Bears on a bases-loaded situation with only one out. Ashton Sangster, from Van Buren, and Bailey Bunch, from Mena, both had two hits.
On the final day, the Golden Suns picked up two more wins against the Gorillas, 6-5, and the Riverhawks, 8-6. Goodnight picked up a win on the mound and a save. Makenzie Addis, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, had four hits in the two games. Goodnight, Henson and Bunch had two hits in the win over the Riverhawks.