High School softball season started Monday across Oklahoma. The Lady Red started their season under a heat warning beating Sequoyah Claremore by a score of 10-0. Junior Laken Malone was strong for the Lady Red throwing a no-hitter in a run-rule that lasted just 4.0 innings.
“We, as a staff, were happy with our first game of the year,” said Lady Red head coach Jeremy Collins. “We were very pleased with the way we hit the ball and saw some really good things from Lauren Outhier, Mikalle Pair, and Ava Sarwinski. Laken Malone really had to gut it out in the heat and ended up throwing a no-hitter.”
“It was a great start to our season,” said assistant coach Drew Osborne after the win. “There are definitely mechanical things to work on for Laken but she did a great job working through those issues and just continuing to compete.”
The Lady Red offense came alive early in the game scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. With Sarwinski on first, Pair drew a walk. Elizabeth Cash was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Malone hit a ground ball behind the runners to score one run and give the Lady Red their first lead of the season. Anna Pace walked to load the bases again. Outhier singled to center driving in two runs. Dawn Blake drove in the fourth run of the inning when she hit a slow roller to second base and beat it out.
The Lady Red added three more runs in the top of the second inning making the score 7-0.
Grove scored one in the top of the third and two more in the top of the fourth to make the score 10-0.
Sarwinski had three hits including a double, two stolen bases, and scored two runs. Pair had two hits, two runs batted in, and one run scored. Cash had a single and scored two runs. Malone had two hits and drove in two runs to help herself out in the circle. Malone also scored a run. Outhier had two hits, one double, and drove in three runs. Blake had two hits and one run batted in. Sage Jackson walked and scored a run. Alex Crittenden and Kaylee Shepherd both scored a run serving as a courtesy runner.
The Lady Red continued their season Thursday, August 15 at Vinita for their first district game. On Friday, August 16, the Lady Red will travel to the Beggs Festival for four games on Friday and Saturday.
Fans first chance to watch them play at home is on Monday, August 19 at 6 o.m. against Miami, with a second chance to watch the Lady Red is the following day, Tuesday, August 20 at 6 p.m. against Jay. The junior high will play first at 4:30 p.m. on both dates.