MIAMI — Miami came back with vengeance.
The Lady Wardogs suffered an 8-6 loss to Mannford in the opening round of their Class 4A bi-district tournament here Thursday, Sept. 28.
But Miami erupted for a whopping 24 hits in a 15-6 win in Game 2 then came back with another 13 in a 6-2 clincher at Harley Turner Field.
“I really think the first game overall we hit the ball pretty well and the balls we hit hard were right at people,” Miami coach Lauren Strack said. “We just couldn’t catch a break and have a couple big innings like they did. We had a big one in the first inning, but after that, every ball was hit right at somebody it felt like.
“We finally found some gaps and find some holes and produce some runs that we should have produced in the second and third games.”
The win sends MHS into a first-round regional game against Hilldale Thursday, Oct. 5.
The field also is expected to have Cleveland and Checotah, Strack said.
Miami 6, Mannford 2
The Lady Wardogs broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning in the clincher with a sacrifice fly by winning pitcher Abby Ishmael and a two-run triple by her sister, freshman catcher Jessie.
Miami tacked on an insurance run in the sixth on a base hit by Abby Ishmael.
Rebecca Bell had four hits for the Lady Wardogs, including three on bunts.
She finished the day going 9-for-12 with seven runs scored.
Of Miami’s 58 hits on the day, 12 were bunt singles. They had five each in the final two games
“That’s kinda been us all year: make people play defense,” Strack said. “That’s what we did really well in the second game. We got some timely hits as well that we didn’t get in the first game, but we put pressure on people. You have to make people play defense.”
Abby Ishmael added two singles and three RBIs while Jordan Davis chipped in with a pair of hits.
Jessie Ishmael tripled, Beca Hopping doubled and Kori Robison, Lauren Willard and Phoenix Burrow all had singles.
Tade Webber had three singles and Sheridan Kent added two for the Lady Pirates, who stranded eight runners.
Each team benefitted from a double play.
Miami 15, Mannford 8
Everybody in the starting lineup had at least one hit in Miami’s season-best offensive output.
Jordan Davis and Robison had four singles each.
Three others had three apiece: Abby Ishmael doubled and had two singles while Jessie Ishmael and Bell had three singles each.
Jordan Quapaw delivered a three-run homer in the fifth and single while Phoenix Burrow and Alexa Payne each chipped in with two singles.
Willard had a base hit.
The Lady Wardogs scored runs in five of the game’s seven innings.
They got five in the top of the third, two in the fourth, six in the fifth and one each in the sixth and seventh.
Mannford refused to go away.
It got two runs in the third and added five in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Abby Ishmael worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, and then the Lady Pirates stranded runners at first and second in the seventh.
Mannford 8, Miami 6
A five-run sixth gave Mannford the lead for good.
The Lady Wardogs narrowed the gap to two in the bottom of the sixth inning on two-out singles by Burrow and Payne.
Davis singled with one out in the Miami half of the seventh but was forced at second by Jessie Ishmael.
Mannford pitcher Jaley Scott then got Willard to ground out to end the game.
The Ishmaels had six hits between them. Abby had a triple and two singles and Jessie kicked in three.
Bell, Davis and Payne had two singles each and Willard and Burrow netted one apiece.