A two-out, fifth inning rally helped lead the Grove Lady Ridgerunner softball team to a 5-4 victory in eight innings over the rival Miami Lady Wardogs at Lady Red Field Monday night.
The Grove victory avenges a loss to the Miami club from earlier in the season and comes on the heels of an impressive showing from the Lady Red in the Broken Arrow Tournament over the weekend where the Grove squad downed Jenks.
In the bottom of the fifth inning Monday night the Lady Wardogs held a 4-1 lead and starting pitcher Kelsey Neal had vanquished the first two Grove bats by strikeout. The Grove offensive side began to turn however when senior Lady Ridgerunner Shandi Crossley reached base on a Miami error. Freshman Andrea Gonzales followed her teammate on base with a solid single that set the stage for Grove catcher Stacia Sarwinski. The senior delivered a triple that sent both Lady Red base runners home and cut the Wardog edge to one.
Later in the side Sarwinski was driven home off a hit from Grove sophomore third baseman Katie Stout to knot the game at 4 apiece.
Both teams had three and out offensive sides in the sixth inning. Grove pitcher Margaret Pogue, a senior, sent three Lady Wardog batters down with consecutive strikeouts. Pogue ended the night with 10 strikeouts total.
The seventh inning was another defensive affair as both teams went three and out again.
The Wardogs threatened at the top of the eighth. Cournei Young connected for a single and a Grove error let another Lady Wardog reach base. Pitcher Pogue regained the Lady Red defensive composure and ended the side with a strikeout leaving Miami high and dry.
Pogue then started the Lady Red offensive side in the bottom of the eighth with a single. Stout followed that with a perfectly executed bunt to put two runners in the diamond for the Grove team. The Lady Wardogs posted two outs but Lady Red junior second baseman Rachel Allington sent a shot through the infield that sent courtesy runner Alex Woods across the plate giving the Lady Ridgerunners the 5-4 victory.