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MacArthur softball drops season opener

What started as a promising day for a season-opening doubleheader for Lawton MacArthur softball quickly turned into frustration and confusion.

After a thrilling 6-4 loss in 10 innings to visiting Comanche, the Highlanders were looking forward to welcoming district rival Sante Fe South for the second game of the afternoon on Monday, but there was only one problem  the Saints never showed up.

First-year coach Jared Lowmiller paced alongside the gates of the softball complex, trying to get an answer for what was going on. It was not the ideal way to begin his head-coaching career, but that was the least of his worries. He just wanted his team to have the opportunity to play.

After several phone calls, he was told the opposing team was on its way from Oklahoma City, having left the school's campus at 3 p.m.  a mere 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the contest. Considering the drive from the metroplex takes about 1.5 hours, Lowmiller knew the Highlanders could do nothing but wait.

Wanting to be lenient and understanding, Lowmiller decided to give Sante Fe South a chance instead of taking a forfeit win.

The wait wasn't all bad, though.

It gave the girls a chance to rest and eat. Smells of fresh burgers and salty fries filled the air as the Highlanders dug into their bags from Braums and Sonic.

However, the fast food deterred the team's attention for only a short time. The girl were becoming impatient and exhausted with every passing minute, and Lowmiller could see that.

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