The Lady Ridgerunners finished their season strong by becoming one of the elite eight, and competing in their second year at the Oklahoma state softball tournament.

Big Red played Newcastle in the first round of the tournament loosing 0-1 after arguably the best game of softball the Grove team has played all year.

Newcastle came into the tournament having only lost two games their entire season as compared to eight by Grove.

Spirits were high by both fans and players alike with many traveling the three-hour drive to watch the Lady Ridgerunners play in Shawnee OK.

The girls took the field at 11 a.m. sharply to face the Newcastle racers on a cool crisp morning, taking the field first for home field advantage.

Laken Malone stepped onto the mound for the girls throwing a WHIP or walk hits per inning pitched of 0.71 and 17 first pitch strikes with a total of five strikeouts for the game.

In the top of the first the Racers showed just how difficult a team they were by coming out swinging with their first batter getting a single.

The second at bat efficiently used the sacrifice bunt to advance the runner to second.

A follow up steal of third placed the runner in position to score when a single by the fourth batter brought her in to take a lead with Grove trailing 0-1 by the close of the top half of the first.

Blaise Redus hit a deep double to center but with her teammates unable to get hits left her stranded on second base.

Malone struck out two in the second and a hot shot to short was caught by Macee Barnes to end the top.

The bottom of the second saw little action with the girls taking a base on a walk as their line up struggled to hit against the Racers pitcher.

Malone continued to prevent the Racers from score and kept the hits to a minimum.

After finishing their line up the Lady Ridgerunners started to gain some hits against the Racers placing runners on bases nearly every inning but kept ending just short of scoring.

While able to hold back the Racers as well Lady Red was unable to tie the game up before the end of the seventh inning.

Redus, Emma Fields, Barnes and Kianna Pellegrino all managed to get hits during the game.

While a difficult way to end the season, the girls are in the top of their district that has 65 teams all competing for a chance to travel to state.

With the end of softball season Grove High School sports will begin to transition over to Basketball and Wrestling.

The Grove athletics department has many programs to be proud of beyond their softball team.

With the majority of Grove sports competing at state a list which includes, Wrestling, Softball, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Baseball, Track and Field and Basketball which made it to area the students of GPS have much to talk about.