MIAMI- For the Grove Lady Red, Monday’s 6-0 win against the Miami Lady Wardogs was all about making adjustments.
After a series of hard throwers over the weekend at the Broken Arrow Tournament, Miami starter Hailey Hudson and her plethora of change ups provided a different challenge for GHS.
“It was a big adjustment from Saturday,” Grove head coach Jeremy Collins said. “That’s hard when you see Yukon throwing 62 [m.p.h.] and Owasso throwing in the upper 50s. We did a good job staying back. I was pretty pleased with what we did at the plate.”
The Lady Red pounded out 13 hits overall, led by the middle of the lineup. Batting in the two, three and four spots in the order, Ashleigh Tramel, Taylor Dodson and Katie Stout went a combined 8-of-11 at the plate.
It was an especially productive day for Dodson, who launched a two-run home run to right centerfield in the top of the fourth inning, and barely missed a solo shot when her line drive in the top of the sixth hit the top of the centerfield wall, resulting in a single.
As dominant as Dodson was at the plate, starting pitcher Jessica Walker was even more so in the circle. Walker recorded 16 strikeouts on Monday, allowing just one first inning hit in the complete game shutout.
After a lead off walk, a single, and a sacrifice bunt left Miami with runners on second and third with two outs, Walker got a strikeout to end the inning, starting a run of six straight strikeouts that ended with back-to-back walks in the third inning.
Walker would allow two more walks in the fourth inning, but only allowed one more baserunner from that point on, finishing the game with five straight strikeouts.
Walker also contributed offensively, with a two-run single that scored Tramel and Dodson in the first inning to give Grove an early 2-0 lead.
The Lady Red would add another run in the third when Katie Stout led off with a double to left field, followed two batters later by a drive to the same spot by first baseman Andrea Gonzalez for an RBI double.
Gonzalez would later be thrown out at home attempting to score on a Shae Scott single, one of two GHS baserunners thrown out at the plate on the day.
Dodson’s home run would provide the Lady Red with a little more breathing room in the fourth, giving Grove a 5-0 lead. After her near miss in the sixth, Megan Freeman would follow with a single two batters later to score Dodson for the final margin.
“It’s good to win,” Collins said afterward. “Feels a lot better to go home with a win than a loss.
The Lady Red, now 5-4 on the season, play again on Friday and Saturday at the Hall of Fame Shootout before returning home on Monday to host the Vinita Hornets.