MIAMI - Pitcher Nicole Morris struck out eight and scattered five hits as Miami breezed to a 9-2 victory over arch rival Grove Monday in the Lady Wardogs' fast-pitch softball season opener.
The game was played on Northeastern A&M's diamond since renovations at MHS' Harley Turner Field have been thrown behind by the recurring inclement weather.
Miami, which had its opener against Oologah last week scrapped by the weather, spotted the Lady Ridgerunners (0-3) a 1-0 lead in the the top of the first.
An error on a ball hit by Paige Miller allowed Taylor Rupe to score with two out.
However, MHS erupted for three runs in its first at-bat, getting a two-run double from Taylor Stepp and an RBI single from Hannah Chenoweth. Mary Crosby and Nicole Mangold had led off the inning with back-to-back walks as Grove pitcher Emilee Iverson – sister of Lady Wardog coach Lauren Iverson – threw eight straight balls.
Miami took charge in the fourth, sending nine batters to the plate while scoring five times. Crosby drove in two runs while Chenoweth, Morris and Wooden each picked up an RBI.
The Lady Wardogs' fifth run came with two out in the fifth on a base hit by Crosby.
Grove created the final margin with a run in the sixth on a double by Emilee Iverson.
Miller had two hits for Grove, with Megan Porter, Rupe and Libby Morris each adding one.
Maddie Barnes, who bats ninth in the lineup for MHS, had three singles. Crosby, Chenoweth and Wooden had two hits each for Miami.
Grove hosts Claremore on Tuesday.