The Lady Ridgerunners put down the Miami Lady Wardogs 7-2 and the Jay Lady Bulldogs 16-1 this week in two back to back victories on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
Vs. Miami Lady Wardogs
The Lady Ridgerunners faced off against Miami in what was expected to be a challenging game winning 7-2 after seven
The start of the game saw junior Mikalle Pair step onto the mound for the Lady Red to pitch all seven innings of play.
The Lady Wardogs scored earn in the top of the first when the leadoff batter scored a double followed by a sacrifice bunt to bring in a run.
Grove responded in kind when Kianna Pellegrino hit a double to start the inning followed by Ava Sarwinski with a sing to place runners on first and third.
Sarwinski stole second during the at bat followed by a grounder to shortstop by Macee Barnes for an out but bringing in the run for the Ridgerunners.
Unable to score again in the bottom of the first the inning closed out with a 1-1 tie.
Neither team was able to score in the second inning with Pair throwing two strikeouts in the top half and Grove seeing three batters sent home.
In the bottom of the third Lady Red started off when Pellegrino was hit by the pitch to take first.
The following sacrifice bunt by Sarwinski advanced Pellegrino to second and singles by Barnes and Reus loaded the bases.
Emma Fields popped out for the second out of the inning.
Elizabeth Cash was then able to hit a double on a grounder to third base earning two RBIs for Grove.
Pair was then hit by a pitch once again loading the bases for the girls, but Ana Pace struck out swinging leaving runners stranded to close the inning 3-1.
Miami was unable to score in the top half of the fourth inning but saw Grove put two more runs on the board.
A home run in the bottom of the fourth by Barnes put two more points in the books for the girls before the close of the inning pulling ahead 5-1.
The Lady Wardogs struggled to gain ground against the Lady Ridgerunners after another RBI in the bottom of the fifth by Pellegrino and a steal by Blaise Redus in the bottom of the sixth to see Grove leading 7-1.
With just the seventh inning left the Lady Wardogs were unable to close the run gap scoring only one run in the seventh to end the game 7-2 in favor of the Lady Ridgerunners.
Barnes was the RBI leader for the game with a total of three followed by Cash with two and Pellegrino with one.
Vs. Jay Lady Bulldogs
The girls had just 24-hour rest before returning to the field to play Jays Lady Bulldogs which saw a resounding win over the Jay girls 16-1 ending early after five due to the run rule taking effect.
Laken Malone was on the mound for Lady Red throwing her first game of the season and ending with a WHIP (walk hits per inning pitched) of 1.2 compared to Jay with 4.25
Lady Red started slow scoring only one run in the bottom of the first to get on the board 1-0 over Jay.
Jay’s only run of the night came in the top of the second when a single brought in a runner who earned a triple on an error.
Big Red kept the pressure up the rest of the game by scoring five runs in the bottom of the second, eight runs in the bottom of the third and two in the bottom of the fourth.
The girls saw two homeruns in the game against Jay one hit again by Barnes and another by Redus.
RBI leaders for the game are Barnes, Pellegrino and Redus all with three each.
Pitcher and outfielder, Pair, was the only Lady Red player to have an on base percentage of 100 in the game against Jay after getting three hits in three attempts.
There were some difficulties with the umpires during the game as one of the scheduled two did not show up and was unreachable.
As a result, Sarwinski was called out on a play where she was clearly safe which was confirmed when the umpire had Coach Collins update the score book to reflect a hit for Sarwinski.
With the two game now behind them the girls will be focusing on their next tournament series, the Oklahoma shootout which is hosted at Tuttle High School on Aug. 17 and 18.
The Tuttle Lady Tigers finished first in last year’s state tournament in class 4A, which saw Grove knocked out early by Lone Grove, who was then defeated in the final game against Tuttle.
The first game of the tournament for Lady Red will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 against Tuttle, who is currently 6-1, at their stadium.
This match up should be a good indicator of how Grove is performing in their early season and will help determine what areas of play they will need to work on going forward.
The second game of the series is at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 against Cache who is currently 0-6 at the North Field.
The third and final game of the series will be held following the completion of their game against Cache slated for 10:30 a.m. against Carl Albert who is currently 1-0.
Big Red will then play next at Oologah-Talala at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 before enjoying a short break before they head to Dewey.