The Lady Red softball team started Regional play Tuesday in Skiatook. The Lady Red won their first game against Inola 1-0 in 16 innings before losing the second game 10-0 against Skiatook.
Grove 1, Inola 0
The game against Inola was an epic contest between two pitchers who matched each other pitch for pitch. It will be a game talked about by those who witnessed it for years. Thirty-six combined strikeouts, only two unintentional walks, each pitcher gave up only 6 hits, and 446 combined pitches.
Both pitchers were perfect through the first four innings. Both pitchers weathered tough situations in extra innings and came out maintaining the 0-0 tie. But in the end, Laken Malone and the Lady Red came away a winner when Malone helped herself by driving the in the only run the Lady Red scored on the day.
Ava Sarwinski lead off the bottom of the 16th inning with a line drive single. The Lady Red then bunted her to second base. On the play, Inola tried to throw behind after Sarwinski after recording an out at second base. The Inola throw rolled away from the shortstop. Sarwinski broke for third and the Lady Red had the winning run on third base with no outs and three chances to win. Inola intentionally walked Mikalle Pair and Elizabeth Cash to load the bases and create a force out at home plate. That’s when Malone hit a 2-1 pitch into left field for the game winner.
“That’s an awesome game to win,” Lady Red head coach Jeremy Collins said. “To fight through and survive the way we did was great. It’s a game that neither team deserved to lose. I’m really proud of how our girls fought through it.”
Sarwinski lead the Lady Red with two hits, a walk, and scored the games only run. Anastasia Pace, Elizabeth Cash, Cayden Hollingsworth, and Malone all had a hit for the Lady Red.
Skiatook 10, Grove 0
After taking a break and watching the first elimination game, the Lady Red were back up against host Skiatook to finish the night. Grove was the visiting team and Sarwinski started off with a line drive single. The Lady Red were unable to score and got into a sticky situation in the bottom of the first.
Senior Mikalle Pair started in the circle for the Lady Red. The first six batters of the game reached for Skiatook while the Lady Red were unable to get outs although Skiatook bunted two times. After the dust cleared, the Lady Red were down 4-0.
Things didn’t get much better for the Lady Red as Skiatook scored in every inning eventually winning 10-0. Sarwinski ended up with two hits in the game while Cash had one hit for the Lady Red.