MIAMI - The Grove Lady Ridgerunners used two huge innings to blow out the Miami Lady Wardogs 13-0 on Monday at Miami High School.
After being held in check by Miami starting pitcher Hayley Hudson for three innings, the Lady Red exploded for six runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, ending the game by run-rule after the fifth.
"She [Hudson] is different from anybody we've seen up to this point, and that's the good thing about her," Grove head coach Jeremy Collins said. "Coming in, we talked about staying back, making adjustments. Early on, we didn't do that. We got ourselves out."
Hudson, who throws a variety of breaking balls and off-speed pitches, kept the Lady Ridgerunners in check for the first three innings, allowing seven baserunners but just one run over the first three frames. A double by Mason Jeffries in the third inning drove in Ashleigh Tramel with the game's first run.
"First inning, we had runners in scoring position and didn't do anything," Collins said. "Second inning, same thing. [Miami head] coach [Chris] Mercer does a great job calling pitches for her. They got what they wanted early."
The fourth inning would prove to be a different story. After a pair of singles led off the inning, Emily Iverson drove home both runners with a double to left centerfield. Tramel would follow with a single and Taylor Dodson drew a walk to load the bases. After a pair of walks drove in two runs, Katelynn Smith drove in two more with a single to make the score 7-0.
Iverson and Tramel would lead off the fifth with a walk and a single, respectively, before Dodson blasted a double over the rightfielder's head to score two both. Jeffries would follow with an RBI single and Megan Freeman would add a run-scoring double before Morgan Knox closed out the scoring with an RBI single.
In all, eight different Grove batters recorded hits, and ten reached base. Tramel recorded three hits on the day, while Dodson, Jeffries, Smith and Iverson each had two RBIs.
The offensive production was more than enough for Walker, who shook off some early control issues to dominate the Miami lineup.
After giving up a bunt single and a pair of walks to load the bases in the first inning, Walker got back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat. Walker would end up striking out seven batters in a row before issuing another walk in the third.
In all, Walker recorded 14 strikeouts in the five inning contest, allowing just three hits.
"She has to understand what she's capable of," Collins said of his star pitcher. "She's capable of a lot of things. Against a team like Jenks she had to pitch around them last week. Today, sometimes she just had to muscle it and go at them and she finally started figuring that out. Just go right at them and see if they can hit it and unfortunately they didn't."
Now 8-2 on the season, the Lady Red will travel to Pryor on Thursday for a district game against the Tigerettes at 5p.m.