Grove’s own Lady Red showed up strong at the Dewey tournament this past weekend winning four straight games to claim the championship.
The Lady Red played two days at the Dewey tournament beating Union JV in Saturday’s final game to claim their third straight year as the reigning champions.
Mikalle Pair opened day on Thursday, Aug. 24 for Grove pitching a shutout game against Dewey for six innings allowing for an 8-0 victory over Dewey’s Lady Dodgers.
Grove showcased their impressive offensive skills against Dewey boasting a total of 13 bases stolen, four of which were home plate.
Macee Barnes stole home twice to put runs on the board and led the game for most bases stolen with three.
Megan Tramel and Ava Sarwinski also stole home plate for a grand total of four stolen runs by the Lady Red.
Tramel contributed three runs to the games eight and two additional RBIs followed by Sawinski and Blaise Redus both hitting in one RBI.
Grove displayed a strong knowledge of the game when contact was made with Dewey’s first baseman.
The Dewey crowd was calling for unsportsmanlike conduct at which the umpire stopped the play to clarify the rule allowing a runner to advance through the base.
After a brief argument with some unhappy fans the umpire continued the game.
Grove’s closest game of the day was against Sequoyah winning 2-1 with a dramatic double play from second to first base ending the game.
Laken Malone a freshman, pitched a very difficult game only allowing one run against the Lady Indians.
Tramel gave Grove an early lead in the top of the first with a double play and RBI.
After the tying run by Sequoyah in the bottom of the fifth, Redus hit a single RBI during the sixth to earn Grove the winning run.
One of the most heartbreaking moments of the match up was when Lacy Rowe’s homerun was invalidated when the runner on first left the base before the ball was released costing Grove two runs.
After the play the first base umpire commented, “My heart goes out to her for losing that homerun.”
Katie Bunch took the mound to close out Grove’s final game of the day against Barnsdall with a 10-1 victory after five innings.
Lady Red made three steals for the match with Emma Fields stealing home and Kianna Pellegrino beating out a rundown AKA a pickle to third.
Grove brought in nine RBIs against Barnsdall two each by Redus, Pair and Fields.
While outscored Barnsdall did a good job at getting hits causing the Lady Red to work their defense.
Grove returned Saturday for a 6:45 p.m. matchup against Union JV with Bunch pitching their second shutout game of the tournament.
Bunch showed a continuing control of the ball out throwing the Union from the start.
The Lady Red took a moment before the game to say a team prayer displaying a comradery forged over the season.
Grove continued to dominate the game with five steals, two at home by Pellegrino and Rowe.
Six additional RBIs from the Lady Red ended the game in the sixth with a win over Union JV 8-0.
The Lady Red continues its season with an 11-2 record playing Locust Grove and Claremore this week before leaving for this weekend's Tournament of Champions in Erie, Colorado.