The Amber-Pocasset softball team got off to a strong start Thursday at Ninnekah High School's softball tournament.
Competing at the Chickasha Sports Complex, the Lady Panthers defeated Rush Springs 12-0 after earning a first-round bye. The win was Am-Po's third win in a row and moved the Lady Panthers to 9-1 on the season.
Rush Springs advanced to play Am-Po after beating Okarche 10-9 Thursday in the first round.
Am-Po did most of its damage in the first inning, scoring 10 of its 12 runs before Rush Springs was able to get the third out.
The Lady Panthers took an early 3-0 lead with the help of back-to-back run-scoring hits. Devynn Harris drove in the first two runs of the game and was followed by Bailey Kite.
Kite, who was the starting pitcher, helped her cause by driving in another run with a base hit. Kite allowed just one hit and struck out four batters in two innings of work in the circle.
With the Lady Panthers up 4-0, Caleigh Jeffries drove in two runs to extend the team's lead. A hard-hit ball off the bat of Caton Muncy plated three runs to give the Lady Panthers 9-0 advantage.
Baylee Haugland led off the second inning with a base hit. With Am-Po up 11-0 in the second, Aubrey Wallace's RBI single completed the scoring in the game.
With the win, the Lady Panthers do not have to play again until 1:30 p.m. Friday.