Grove softball was on the road in Miami on Thursday, September 5.
The Lady Red began the scoring, fell behind to the Lady Bulldogs and the two teams played it tight until the top of the sixth, when Grove scored four more runs to win the game.
Grove 9, Miami 4
The game was scoreless until the top of the third. Elizabeth Cash was hit by a pitch and took her base. After Laken Malone struck out, Anastasia Pace was walked and Cash advanced to second. Lauren Outhier hit a double, batting in both Cash and Pace. Grove took the lead 2-0.
In the bottom of the third, Miami scored three runs, all on Lady Red errors. The Lady Bulldogs took the lead 3-2.
In the top of the fourth, Cayden Hollingsworth led the batters. Hollingsworth was walked and went to first. Hollingsworth advanced to second when Ava Sarwinski grounded out. With two outs on the board, Mikalle Pair stepped into the batter's box. Pair was walked and took first. Cash was at bat when Hollingsworth stole third, Pair stole second and Hollingsworth stole home, scoring another run for the Lady Red. Cash hit a single, pushing Pair home, giving Grove the 4-3 lead. Malone was walked and Cash advanced to second. Pace was back at bat and hit a fly ball that gave Cash time to cross home, scoring Grove's fifth run.
The Lady Red was able to hold the Lady Bulldogs in the bottom of the fourth, but Miami returned the favor in the top of the fifth. The score remained 5-3.
The Lady Bulldogs would score their final run on a pop fly, making the score 5-4.
In the top of the sixth, Cash singled on a grounder. Malone was walked, pushing Cash to second. Pace grounds out, putting Cash at third and Alex Crittenden, Malone's courtesy runner, to second. After Miami intentionally walked Outhier, Grove had the bases loaded.
Dawn Blake was at bat. Blake was walked and Cash scored. Hollingsworth struck out and none of the runners moved. Zoie Salkill singled on a fly into left field, batting in Crittenden, Outhier and Blake. Those three runs sealed the game for a 9-4 Grove victory.
Malone pitched all seven innings, throwing 131 pitches, of which 97 were strikes. Malone allowed two hits and four runs, but earned 15 Ks.
The Lady Red improve to 12-3 on the season and will host Pryor on Monday, September 9.