Miami picked up a much-needed win Monday when the Lady Wardogs coasted to a 4-1 victory over Grove in a Verdigris Valley Conference softball game at Turner Field.
“We've just been so inconsistent,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said. “One day, we'll play defense. One day we'll play offense. There haven't been many days where we've played both. We've just got to get some consistency.”
The win was the fourth in seven starts for the Lady Wardogs, who split games Friday at Oologah (beating the hosts 2-1 and Nowata 3-2 before falling to defending 5A state champ Coweta 5-1) then were drilled 8-0 by Claremore Sequoyah on Saturday.
“We've played a lot of games in a short amount of time, so maybe we can get something rolling and get on the right track,” Mercer said.
Miami did the bulk of the damage against Vinita in the third inning, taking advantage of two errors.
Veronica Arizpe reached on en error to start the inning, then Kelsey Neal and Courtnei Young drilled back-to-back singles to get the first run home.
After Shelby Jurgensmeyer grounded out, Lacy Morgan was safe on another error, this time with two runs scoring.
Two more errors by the Lady Hornets opened the doors for MHS' final run in the fifth.
Jessica Kelly drew a leadoff walk and Emily Cline reached on an error. Kelly was erased when Arizpe hit into a fielder's choice.
A ball hit by Neal was misplayed, allowing Arizpe to score.
Vinita scratched out a run in the top of the sixth thanks to two errors and a single.
Neal went the distance to pick up the victory. She yielded three hits, struck out nine and walked one and hit one batter.
“She threw real well,” Mercer said. “She came out and set the tone early, had a bunch of punchouts. We put it in our minds that if we could just get a couple runs on the board, we can get it done.”
Miami hosts Commerce today in varsity-JV games starting at 4:30 p.m.
Claremore Sequoyah 8, Miami 0
The Lady Eagles did all their damage in the final two innings of a game that was stopped after five by the run rule.
Miami had only three baserunners in the game.
Arizpe had a two out single in the first then Young singled with one out in the second but was left stranded.
Arizpe then led off the fourth with a single but was picked off trying to steal second.
Sequoyah broke the scoreless deadlock in the fourth, when it collected three singles and two doubles.
The Lady Eagles came back with another four runs in the fifth, the eighth run scoring on a two-out single.
Coweta 5, Miami 1
The Lady Tigers broke out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.
They added two runs each in the third and fifth innings.
The Lady Wardogs' lone run came in the third on a double by Kelly.
Arizpe and Neal had MHS' only hits.
Miami 3, Nowata 2
A sacrifice fly by Cline drove in Melanie Blackburn with the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
Miami tied the game at 2-2 in the seventh on a single by Kelly.
The Lady Wardogs had jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third, then Nowata scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.
Kelly headed up Miami's offense with a double and two singles. Neal chipped in with a single and double.
Arizpe picked up the win.
Miami 1, Oologah 0
The game's only run came in the fourth on a single by Morgan. Young walked to lead off the inning.
Jurgensmeyer had two singles while Cline, Young, Morgan and Kylie Carder had a single each.