Miami picked up a pair of much-needed wins Tuesday when it chalked up a 4-0 and 12-1 sweep of Locust Grove in a Verdigris Valley Conference double-header at Turner Field.
“We scored some runs, Miami coach Chris Mercer said. The Lady Wardogs had been shut out in previous losses to Grove and Welch and had been blanked for 17 consecutive innings.
“I was really impressed in the first game because that girl (South) has shut a lot of people down, Mercer said. “Jay went extra innings with her yesterday, so I was really happy to come out with a 4-0 win in the first game.
The nightcap was a different story. The Lady Wardogs got season-high 12 runs but had only six hits. They benefited from six walks, four hit batters and a couple of errors.
“The second game got real sloppy, Mercer said. “The scoreboard doesn't always indicate the way you play and this was a classic example. We played a lot better the first game.
Miami jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the opener on a sacrifice by Kelsey Neal and a double by Courtnei Young.
Then in the fourth, Young singled and eventually scored on a passed ball - the first of four MHS would get on the day that way.
The Lady Wardogs' final tally came in the fifth. Emily Cline doubled and scored on when Neal reached on an error.
Neal and Veronica Arizpe combined on a three-hit shutout. Neal worked into the fifth, when she left as a precautionary measure. She's been slowed by a shoulder muscle strain.
Locust Grove twice
“Our pitching was good overall today, Mercer said. “Kelsey has that muscle strain, so we got her out in the fifth. Lacy (Morgan) threw well (in the second game). She hit her spots a lot better and her change-up was working.
The Lady Pirates stranded only four runners and had a runner at third just once.
Neal and Arizpe combined to retire the final 10 Locust Grove batters in order.
Cline and Young had a double and single each. Arizpe and Melanie Blackburn added singles.
Miami 12, Locust Grove 1
The Lady Wardogs needed only six innings to dispose of the visitors in the nightcap.
Miami, the home team on the scoreboard, jumped out to a 3-0 lea in the first.
The Lady Pirates got their lone run in the bottom of the first on a walk and double.
MHS bounced back to score twice in the second and picked up a single run in the fifth.
They broke the game open in the sixth, sending 10 batters to the plate while scoring six times. They could have had an extra run, but Jessica Kelly was called out because of interference.
Kelly had a double and single while Neal and Jurgensmeyer collected two singles each.
Cline and Arizpe each had a double.
Arizpe and Morgan split the pitching duties for the Lady Wardogs. Locust Grove had six hits in the game.
The Lady Wardogs travel to Vinita today for another conference clash.