Now that they're back to .500, Miami coach Chris Mercer hopes his Miami Lady Wardogs can start to make some noise.
Scoring eight runs while collecting 11 hits, MHS rolled to an 8-3 win over Commerce Tuesday afternoon at sun-baked Turner Field.
“We're making strides on our hitting - it seems to be getting better,” Mercer said. “Commerce is athletic. They make plays; they hit the ball well today. They have a good mixture of power and speed. I think they can make a run in their class.”
Miami improved to 4-4 with the win while Commerce suffered its second straight loss after starting with five wins.
Commerce hosts Afton Thursday while Miami travels to Jay Friday for a festival that includes Westville and Kansas.
“Hopefully we can keep making strides with our bats,” Mercer said. “That's what we've got to do - we have to score some runs and be able to hit because people in our class are definitely going to be able to hit.”
Commerce jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out double by Lindsay Heatherly and a run-scoring single by Courtney Watson.
The Lady Wardogs took the lead for good in the bottom of the first.
Jessica Kelly was hit by the first pitch of the game, then Emily Cline singled. Cline was erased when Veronica Arizpe hit into a fielder's choice.
Kelsey Neal had a two-run double and Courtnei Young made it 3-1 with a RBI double.
Miami picked up another two runs in the bottom of the second. Haiden Rowland got things going with a one-out double. Kelly singled and Cline drilled a two-run double.
Commerce made things interesting when it scored single runs in the third and fourth innings.
Jacey Knight started the third with a walk, then Heatherly reached on an error. Courtney Watson squeezed in Knight.
In the fourth, Johnna Sharp singled with one out and scored when Kylee Williams reached on an error.
Miami created the final score with a three-run rally in the sixth.
A single by Melanie Blackburn opened the inning, then Morgan hit into a fielder's choice, Rowland walked and Kelly had a RBI single.
A bases-loaded walk to Arizpe forced in a run, then Neal drove in the final run with a single.
Kelly, Cline, Neal and Young all had a double and single each for the Lady Wardogs.
Heatherly had a double and two singles for CHS. Courtney Watson, Kourtney Reading, Jessica Allen and Sharp chipped in with a single each.
“Veronica got herself into trouble a couple of times but she worked out of it,” Mercer said. “We made a few mental mistakes on defense, but overall, I thought we played well.”