Guy Ellis

The Grove Lady Ridgerunners and Lady Red Field played host to a brace of games Tuesday night as the Lady Red troops entered into a triangle with the McDonald County Lady Mustangs and the Adair Lady Warriors.

The Lady Mustangs wound up the big winner on the night with victories over Adair, by a score of 7-5, and the Lady Red, by a score of 8-4.

Grove opened the proceedings with a contest against Adair that saw the Lady Warriors take a 4-0 win. Going into the event Adair was ranked as the #6 team in Class 3A with a 17-7 season record.

Adair scored a run in the first by taking advantage of three Lady Red errors and a strong fourth inning saw the Lady Warrior bats post four hits to add two runs to their tally.

Adair added another run in the fifth compiling three more hits.

The Grove club managed to make some hits in the game but could never quite string them together to start a rally. Seniors Stacia Sarwinski and Shandi Crossley were able to reach base on singles, as did teammates Shea Scott, Katelin Threet, Katie Stout, and starting pitcher Andrea Gonzales, a freshman.

While the Lady Red troops regrouped the Lady Mustangs took to the diamond to square off with Adair. McDonald County held a 7-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Lady Warrior bats started a rally that saw them come to within two runs of sending the game into extra innings before the Lady Mustang gloves turned them away sealing the 7-5 win.

The finale of the night featured McDonald County against the Lady Red with an 8:30 PM first pitch in chilly 60-degree weather.

The Lady Mustangs posted a three run homer in the first inning to take an early lead. That was followed up by a run in the second to put the County up 4-0.

The Lady Red remained composed throughout and at the bottom of the third the club began to claw back into the game. Three consecutive hits courtesy of Rachel Allington, Tori Winters, and Crossley got the ball rolling, with Winters’ hit sending Allington home for a run. Winters managed to steal home for another Grove score and Sarwinski hit a shot that drove in Crossley to bring the score to 4-3, McDonald County, at the end of the side.

Grove knotted the score at 4 apiece in the fifth inning when Crossley scored an RBI that plated Allington.

Two County hits and a Lady Red error let the Lady Mustangs regain the lead by a run in the top of the sixth. Another three run homer in the seventh placed McDonald County up 8-4, with the Lady Red unable to respond in their final at bat.

The results put the Grove record at 13-12 as they prepare for the Oologah Tournament this weekend. This Tuesday will see the club battle Pryor at Lady Red Field in what will be the final regular season game before the start of district play. The three seniors on the team, Margaret Pogue, Sarwinski, and Crossley will be honored before the game with a special “Seniors Night” presentation. First pitch is slated for 5:30 PM.