COMMERCE — Verdigris topped Fairland in a battle of ranked fastpitch softball teams in the first day of pool play at the Lady Tiger Classic, Thursday, Aug. 31.
Verdigris, 15-1 and ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, carted off a 5-1 win over 2A No. 7 Fairland 5-1.
Commerce posted a 4-0 victory over Afton in the first game of the day, East Newton blanked Afton 6-0, and Adair — ranked eighth in 3A — bumped off Verdigris 4-3.
In other Day 1 games, it was Fairland 5, Seneca 3; Seneca 3, Adair 2, and Quapaw 8, Commerce 6.
No score was available for the Quapaw vs. East Newton, Missouri, game.
Verdigris generated single runs in the first three innings to open up a 3-1 advantage, and then score a final two in the fourth.
Savannah Hutchison drove in Kyndall Davis with a sacrifice fly to center field for the Lady Owls’ only run.
Davis drew a leadoff walk, went to second when Madison Stotts was hit by a pitch and scooted to third when losing pitcher Nikki Dingle hit a fly ball to right.
The Lady Owls (13-2) left the bases loaded in the fourth with a two-out rally.
Ashton Mowery walked, Tori Barker singled and Alexis McGranahan reached on an error.
However Verdigris ended the inning with a strikeout.
Dingle singled with two out in the fifth, but a grounder to second by Hutchison ended the game.
Dingle and Barker had the Lady Owls only hits against Toni Shawnee, a pair of singles.
Shawnee struck out six and walked two.
Paige Weisenbach had three singles for the Lady Cardinals, who also got a double and single from Jayson Gibson.
Shaydee Hill belted a leadoff homer in the third for Verdigris.
Dingle fanned three and walked three while yielding eight hits.
Commerce 4, Afton 0
Ashley Barton threw a seven-hit shutout for the Lady Tigers. She fanned six and walked none.
CHS staked Barton to a 2-0 lead in the first inning then added single runs in the fourth and fifth.
Sunny Crawford collected two singles for the Lady Tigers. Cali Wells doubled and Morgan Ballard, Barton and River Friel added singles.
Carlee Shinn and Savanna Mullikin collected two singles each for the Lady Eagles who also got base hits from Sam Saylor, Sabrina Betz and Ashley Turley.
Fairland 5, Seneca 3
Fairland scored all five of its runs in the first inning then coasted.
Seneca got all of its runs in the third.
Dingle, Mowery and Hutchison drew bases-loaded walks to force in three run for the Lady Owls.
A fielder’s choice by Chelsey Dushane and an error gave Fairland its other two tallies.
Davis, Mowery, Chelsey Dushane and Kaylee Schumacher each had a single for Fairland
Adron Durman and Chaney Platner each had a single for the Lady Indians.
Dingle worked the first three innings, allowing both hits and all three runs — none were earned — while striking out three and walking two.
Lilly Triplett threw a perfect fourth for the Lady Owls.
Quapaw 8, Commerce 6
Quapaw got the deciding runs in the top of the fourth without a hit.
Commerce broke out to a 6-4 lead with three runs in each of the first two innings.
The Lady Wildcats got to within a run in the third, then used two errors and a fielder’s choice to get a final three runs.
Winning pitcher Jenni Jennings then retired the side in order in the bottom of the fifth to seal the win for the Lady Cats.
Quapaw’s four hits included a triple by Elizabeth Flaming and singles by Jennings, Mya Perry and Madelynn Zinn.
Connell went 3-for-3 for the Lady Tigers.
Rhyane Hallett doubled and Ballard, Friel, Crawford and Miriam Nino all had singles.