The Grove Lady Red continued to roll on Monday, winning for the fifth time in the last six games with an 8-0 thumping of the Vinita Lady Hornets.
In one of their best all-around performances of the year, the Lady Red, ranked seventh in the latest coaches’ poll, pounded out 14 hits while nearly getting a no-hitter from pitcher Jessie Walker.
Walker struck out six over five innings while allowing just one walk, bucking her season-long control issues.
“[Assistant coach Mandy Jones] and I talked about throwing more strikes earlier in the count,” head coach Jeremy Collins said. “We started calling more fastballs and getting ahead in counts. That way hitters can’t wait for their pitch.”
Walker also had a fourth inning home run to left field, one of six extra base hits for Grove. Collins credited his team’s extra work on their hitting for the Lady Red’s recent upsurge on offense.
“They’ve been putting a lot of extra time in. It’s been very beneficial."
Ashleigh Tramel led the way with a four-for-four day at the plate.
“Ashleigh Tramel hit the ball better today than she has all season,” Collins said. “Jessie Walker also hit the ball well. Hopefully that continues.”
Senior catcher Katie Stout got the Lady Red on the board in the first inning when she hit a bases-loaded double down the left centerfield line, scoring Mason Jeffries and Tramel.
After a Vinita error led to another run, Megan Freeman hit one her two doubles, scoring Stout to give GHS a 4-0 lead.
The Lady Red would add two more runs in the third and another run on Walker’s home run in the fourth. An RBI single by Tramel would end the game by run rule in the fifth inning.
Wednesday’s scheduled doubleheader against Wagoner was rained out. As of press time no make up date has been announced.
The Lady Red are scheduled to play again today when they host Jay at 5 p.m.