It took the Grove Lady Ridgerunners until the fourth inning to get their bats going in Monday's game against Vinita.
But once they did, they couldn't be stopped.
After being held in check by Vinita starter Shyanne Wells for three innings, the Lady Red exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning on their way to an 8-0 run-rule victory.
Wells held Grove in check for the first three innings, pitching out of a jam in the second inning with the Lady Red getting just one run. Megan Freeman started the rally with a one-out single, followed by an infield single by Morgan Knox and a walk by Sierra Christie to load the bases with two outs. A single to left field by Ashleigh Tramel scored one run, but Wells got Emily Iverson to flight out to right to end the threat.
Vinita then mounted their own scoring threat in the top of the fourth when a trio of singles loaded the bases with one out. Grove starter Jessie Walker then got one of her 10 strikeouts for the second out of the innings, and Wells was picked off at first base to end the inning.
The wheels would fall off for Wells in the bottom of the inning. Freeman got things started with a towering solo home run to right centerfield to make the score 2-0. The home run was Freeman's third in the past four days after hitting a pair during last weekend's Hall of Fame Festival in Oklahoma City.
Katelynn Smith was then hit in the helmet with the next pitch and Morgan Knox followed with a double to the left centerfield gap that one-hopped to the wall.
Christie then followed with her second walk of the game to load the bases. A grounder by Tramel resulted in Smith being forced out at home. Iverson, batting in the second spot of the lineup for the first time this season, smashed a single to right field to score two runs.
"Emily Iverson had a great game," Grove head coach Jeremy Collins said. "She was a big part of things. I like what we got out of her today."
Taylor Dodson then followed by hitting a single to centerfield to score two more.
Mason Jeffries and Walker followed with two more singles, and an infield single by Knox, who went three-for-three on the day, later in the inning drove home the final run of the day for Grove.
Walker then struck out the side in the top of the fifth to end the game.
"It was a good win for us," Collins said. "Jessie pitched like she's capable of."