This has NOT been a good week for the Miami Lady Wardogs.
Monday, they dropped a 2-1 decision at Vinita in eight innings.
Then on Thursday, Claremore Sequoyah escaped with a 3-2 victory in a game at Turner Field that took nine innings to complete.
“We've got to find a way to win the close ones,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said. “There wasn't much intensity early. We're going to figure out a way to get that taken care of. We've got to get ready to go in the first.”
Sequoyah jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, then made it 2-0 in the second.
Miami pulled even in the sixth.
Kelsey Neal singled with one out and went to second on a passed ball. After Courtnei Young walked, Neal was erased when Shelby Jurgensmeyer hit into a fielder's choice. Haiden Rowland hit a grounder to third. The ensuing throw was wild, allowing Young and Jurgensmeyer to score.
Each team threatened in the seventh, but came up empty.
In the eighth, Harrison was hit by a pitch and advanced to second for the Lady Eagles, but was left stranded.
Young walked with one out in the Miami eighth, but was cut down when Jurgensmeyer hit into a fielder's choice. Jurgensmeyer went to third on an error but was left stranded when Rowland struck out.
Williams reached on a one-out error in the top of the ninth. She was sacrificed to second and scored on a base hit by Freiling.
The Lady Wardogs had a chance in their half of the ninth when Megan Madden reached on an error. However, Erwin slammed the door with a strikeout and two ground ball outs.
“In a game like this, you get down 2-0 in the second inning and the pitcher starts feeling comfortable, throwing the pitches she wants to and the defense gets more comfortable behind her,” Mercer said. “It's hard to come back.”
Neal collected two singles and Barnes, Young and Rowland added a single each for MHS.
“We don't like playing from behind all the time, that's for sure,” Mercer said. “I will say this - we fought hard in the end to get it back. We never quit. That was a bright spot.”
Neal scattered five hits.
The Lady Wardogs (4-4) battle Westville and Kansas, Okla., today in the Jay Festival, then have a double-header Saturday at Locust Grove
“Early, I scheduled a lot of games so we could find some things out and kinda get established,” Mercer said. “It will start slowing down some.”