Lady Red won in Locust Grove on Tuesday, Sept. 12, with a 16-0 victory in the bottom of the sixth inning bringing them to 8-1 in district play.
Grove and Oologah are currently tied for first in the 4A-6 district with Vinita in a close second with an 8-3 record.
The game against Vinita will be an important one for the Lady Red that will result in them holding first or dropping to third in the district.
Grove opened up with Katie Bunch pitching the first five innings to be relieved by Laken Malone in the sixth inning.
Big Red had 12 hits and 16 runs while the Pirates had five hits and four errors in their second win over Locust Grove.
Bunch threw 14 first pitch strikes and eight strikeouts for the game with Locust Grove’s ace pitcher throwing 14 first pitch strikes and nine strikeouts.
Bunch was relieved by pitcher Malone who threw the sixth and final inning to put down three pirates to close the game.
Bunch’s WHIP for the game was 1.0 with Malone throwing a 0.0 WHIP in her one inning pitched.
The Lady Red took an early lead in the first when Macee Barnes stole home after hitting a triple.
Lady Pirates were unable to get a hit in the first inning putting them behind after the first.
The Grove girls came on strong in the top of the second putting six runs on the board despite the Pirates bringing in a new pitcher.
Taking advantage of some errors from the Pirates allowed home to be stolen three times during the inning.
Neither team was able to bring in runs until the fifth inning when Mikalle Pair earned an RBI with a triple bunt.
Pair took advantage of errors by the Pirates advancing to third after being over thrown at first and second.
The sixth inning saw an additional eight runs by the Lady Red giving them the runs to end the game early if left unanswered.
Locus Grove was unable to get a hit during the six which resulted in the win for Lady Red.
Three Grove players earned two RBIs for the game: Megan Tramel, Elizabeth Cash and Emma Fields, who also stole home in the sixth.
There were a total of 12 stolen bases by Big Red of which five were home plate.
Coach Jeremy Collins talked about the upcoming game Thursday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. which takes place in Vinita after press time.
“Vinita has a good club and put up nine against Claremore Sequoyah and is one to worry about," Collins said. “Miami is also a very important game."
Grove faces the Lady Wardogs at 1 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 15, at home.
Grove pitcher, Bunch, did not hit in the game against Locust Grove. The move is not uncommon, as most coaches want pitchers to focus on pitching, especially after being out with an injury.
“After being off a week and trying to come back and swing it was not a good idea, maybe after a few bats at the next practice," Collins said.
Grove girls’ softball played a non-district game against Pryor on Monday, Sept. 11 losing 11-1.
The Lady Red is currently 22-8 for their season.