The Grove Lady Red softball team spotted the visiting Vinita Lady Hornets 6 first inning runs Tuesday night and never quite fully recovered in dropping a 7-3 final.
The loss puts the Lady Ridegrunners at a 3-3 mark for the young season. Over the weekend the Grove club traveled to the Claremore festival where they split games, defeating Stillwater and falling to the hosting Lady Zebras.
The Lady Hornets opened Tuesday nightís contest with the entire line up reaching base on the power of six hits. The upshot of it was a 6-0 lead before the third out.
Grove responded with two runs in their opening offensive side. Shandi Crossley earned a single that scored Rachel Allington for the Lady Redís opening salvo. Later in the inning Stacia Sarwinski sent a shot through the infield that plated Crossley putting the score at 6-2 going into the second inning.
Vinita opened the second with a double however the Lady Red gloves regained their composure, as they would for the remainder of the contest, and sent the Lady Hornets back to the field empty handed.
The third inning saw impressive defense from catcher Sarwinski and left fielder Tori Winters. Sarwinski sent a Lady Hornet baserunner back to the pine with a well placed throw to shortstop Katelin Threet for the tag out at second base. Winters fielded two Vinita flies, one on a lunge, and made three outs total on the night.
Grove collected their final run of the evening in the bottom of the third when Crossley stole home on a wild pitch.
The play of the night came at the top of the fifth inning when the Lady Red posted a triple play. With runners at first and second, a Vinita batter sent a fly to right fielder Crossley. The Grove senior made a reaching snow cone catch and delivered the ball to first baseman Andrea Gonzales for out number two on the tag up. Gonzales then sent the softball to teammate Threet at second as she made the tag on the Vinita runner scrambling back to base.
The display received a chorus of cheers from the spectators; a bulk of whom were football players who had been steadily filing into the stadium since the conclusion of their afternoon practice.
The Lady Red used the momentum to set the pieces in place for a rally in the bottom of the fifth. With one out Allington reached base on a walk and Threet joined her in the diamond with a perfectly executed bunt. But the junior second baseman was tagged out while attempting to make third on Threetís bunt and Threet was later tagged out trying to steal home thus ending the side.
The Lady Red travel to Fairland today for a date with the Lady Owls before entering into the Broken Arrow tournament this weekend.