BROKEN ARROW - A 2-0 win over Coweta in Saturday's final game put a positive finish on what was a somewhat lackluster day for the Grove Lady Red at the Broken Arrow Softball Tournament.
After going 2-1 in their three games on Friday, including a 2-1, extra-inning win over 6A power Jenks, Grove again went 2-1 on Saturday, winning their opener 5-2 over Bartlesville before losing their second game 7-1 to McLoud. The Lady Red also beat Hilldale (6-4) and lost to Edmond North (9-0) on Friday.
"Good finish to a big tournament," Grove head coach Jeremy Collins said. "We said coming down here we wanted to win the majority of our games and we went 4-2. With the type of people we played it was a good weekend for us."
The Lady Tigers (8-3), like Grove a state tournament qualifier from 2010, could not come up with the big hits off Grove starter Jessie Walker, who was also helped by some stellar defensive plays.
The first came in the second inning with no score. After a pair of walks and an infield error on a sacrifice bunt loaded the bases with one out. Catcher Ashleigh Tramel then picked off the Coweta runner at third base for the second out, and Walker fanned Lizzy Hughes to end the threat.
Tramel then drove home the first run of the day with a bloop double to right field in the top of the third that scored Sierra Christie.
The Lady Tigers put two runners on in the bottom of the inning and a single to centerfield by Peyton Edwards appeared to tie the game. But Grove's Emily Iverson charged the ball and threw home, nailing Taylor Gee at the plate and preserving the shutout.
Taylor Dodson would double Grove's lead in the fourth with a solo home run to right centerfield, her third of the day, to make it 2-0.
The Lady Red defense would get one more big defensive play in the sixth after an infield single by Edwards led off the inning for Coweta. A grounder by Krysti Cearley went straight to Andrea Gonzalez at first base, who stepped on the bag for one out before firing the ball to Mason Jeffries at second, who tagged Edwards for the second out.
Walker struck out nine and allowed four hits, pitching the shutout despite issuing four walks. Bases on balls were nearly Walker's undoing in the first game Saturday against Bartlesville. Walker issued seven free passes in the five inning game while hitting two more batters, but she also struck out 12 and allowed just one single hit in the 5-2 win.
Walker issued three walks and hit a batter in the first as the Lady Bruins took a 1-0 lead.
But Grove would come back with a pair of runs in the second with Morgan Knox getting an RBI on a groundout and Tramel adding an RBI double that nearly cleared the fence.
After Bartlesville tied the game in the third, Dodson hit her first home run, a solo shot to left centerfield, in the bottom of the inning. Dodson put the game away with a towering shot to straightaway centerfield that scored Tramel and made it 5-2.
The Lady Red's only loss on Saturday came courtesy of the McLoud Lady Redskins, who scored all seven of their runs in the fourth inning of a 7-1 win. Katelynn Smith had the only RBI of the game for Grove, a triple that drove in Walker in the fourth inning.
Now 7-2 on the season, Grove will travel to Miami tomorrow to take on the Lady Wardogs at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Red will then take on district foe Pryor on Thursday in Pryor before spending the weekend at the Hall of Fame Shootout in Oklahoma City.