WYANDOTTE - Miami took Round 3.
The Lady Wardogs, behind the no-hit pitching of Hayley Hudson, chalked up a 6-0 victory over Commerce in a Pool 1 Division B game Thursday morning in the Wyandotte Invitational softball tournament.
The win gave Miami a 2-1 edge in the season series with the 20th-ranked Lady Tigers.
MHS won 6-5 on Aug. 16 in Commerce then the Lady Tigers returned the favor, rolling 9-1 three days later in the Jay Festival.
The teams play a final time Sept. 26 in Commerce.
Both teams beat Colcord in their second game of the day, Miami rolling 11-1 while the Lady Tigers logged a 6-4 decision.
MHS (11-8) faces Inola Friday at 5:30 p.m. in a cross-pool game, with the winner moving into Saturday's 4:30 p.m. championship contest.
The loser plays for third at 3 p.m. Saturday.
"We will have our hands full with Inola," Mercer said. "They are in the top 15 in 4A."
Hudson struck out five and walked none in the win over Commerce.
CHS' only runners - Julianna Summers and Maycee North - reached on errors.
"We never adjusted to the off-speed stuff," Commerce coach Jerry Myers said.
Miami picked up its first run in the third inning then scored five more in the fourth. The Lady Wardogs benefitted from four walks and a hit batter.
Kayla Chambers and Shyanne Barr had singles while Taylor Fields delivered an RBI double.
"We started out slow, trying to adjust to speeds, but got it going late," Mercer said. "We were trying to put a little pressure on them."
Miami left seven runners stranded and had runners at third three times but couldn't pull the trigger.
"We keep trying to find the right combination," Mercer said. "We keep getting people on base ... it's the person who has to hit them in is where we are having the problem. We haven't had that person who come up with two outs and runners on second and know they will get the big hit."
Miami 11, Colcord 1
Hudson had a two-hitter against the Lady Hornets.
She walked two again Miami had two errors.
The Lady Wardogs sent 15 batters to the plate in the third inning while scoring nine runs - their biggest outburst of the season.
Colcord's lone run came in the third.
Fields had two singles, leaving her with a .554 batting average on the season. She had hit safely in 16 of Miami's 19 games.
Kelcee Welch, Ashlynn Waltz and Barr all had doubles while Hudson and Tori Rowland each had a single.
Commerce 6, Colcord 4
The Lady Tigers got what proved to be the deciding runs in the fourth. Colcord also got two runs in the fourth.
Morton tripled while Delaney Ballard, Bryce Tompkins, Summers and Blankenship added singles.
Morgan Rooney of Commerce dives back into first base ahead of the tag by Miami's Kayla Chambers during their game Thursday morning in the Wyandotte Invitational.