Wanting to make some noise and move up in the state rankings, the Grove Lady Red softball team knew they had the perfect opportunity to do so this weekend.
And the Lady Red did just that, taking care of Jay on Thursday before beating two ranked teams in three games at the Hall of Fame Festival in Oklahoma City on Friday and Saturday.
After disposing of the Miami Lady Wardogs on Monday, the Grove Lady Red posted their second straight shutout of the week, rolling over the Jay Lady Bulldogs 18-0.
With regular starting pitcher Jessica Walker taking a day off, Gregorye Epperson stepped into the circle for the Lady Red.
Epperson struck out five Lady Bulldogs in the three-inning game, allowing just one baserunner to advance past first base.
At the plate GHS wasted no time putting runs on the board when Walker, batting as the designated hitter, hit an RBI single to centerfield to score Ashleigh Tramel in the first inning. Pinch runner Emilee Iverson would later score on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 Grove.
But it was in the second inning when the Lady Red really went to work, sending 14 batters to the plate as they scored 10 runs in the frame.
Katie Stout’s two-run triple made the score 6-0, part of a string of nine straight batters to reach base. Tramel’s bloop double ended the scoring in the inning with Grove up 12-0.
The Lady Red would add six more runs in the top of the third, and the game ended after three innings due to the run rule.
Both Stout and Mason Jeffries would finish with three RBIs each. In all GHS tallied 15 hits on the day, with every batter reaching base at least once.
Grove 5, El Reno 0 (Friday)
In their first game of the Festival versus El Reno on Friday, the Lady Red got a four-inning shutdown from ace Jesse Walker to take down the number eight team in Class 5A.
Walker struck out eight batters while allowing just two hits in the win.
At the plate Megan Freeman led Grove with two RBIs, while Taylor Dodson went two-for-three and scored twice.
Lawton MacArthur 4, Grove 1 (Saturday)
In their second game of the Festival on Saturday morning the Lady Red took on Class 5A’s top-ranked team, and for nearly six innings, GHS appeared poised for the upset.
Though held to just one hit in the game, Grove made it count at Taylor Dodson hit a solo home run to give the Lady Red the lead.
But after a controversial call on a stolen base attempt at second base in the sixth inning, the Lady Highlanders tied the game at one run apiece.
The game moved to a seventh and extra inning under the international tiebreaker system. Unfortunately for Grove, Lawton Mac broke the tie with a three run home run to win the game.
“That was a frustrating loss,” GHS head coach Jeremy Collins said. “That was one that we thought we had.”
Grove 13, Duncan 3 (Saturday)
The Lady Red took out their frustrations on the Duncan Lady Demons in their final game of the Festival. Grove pounded out 10 hits on the 11th-ranked team, including three home runs. Mason Jeffries led the way with three RBIs, while Dodson hit her second of the day, a two-run shot. Walker also hit a solo shot in the run-rule shortened game.
“It was a good weekend for us overall,” Collins said. “We played really well.”
After playing Monday at home against Vinita, the Lady Red will host Wagoner for on Wednesday beginning at 5 p.m. before hosting Jay for a game on Friday at 5 p.m.