Vinita senior Tosha Tyler struck out nine and allowed only three hits - despite a sore pitching arm - as the Lady Hornets topped Miami 6-1 Thursday in a Verdigris Valley Conference softball game at Turner Field.
Tyler hadn't pitched in a week after being diagnosed with bursitis. But she didn't show the effects as Miami managed only one run in a rematch of an Aug. 18 clash that saw the Lady Hornets win 2-1 in eight innings.
Tyler had 13 strikeouts in the earlier meeting at Vinita.
“They came in with a lot of confidence,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said. “They play well when she throws. They hit the ball really well tonight.”
The Lady Hornets had 13 hits off Miami pitcher Kelsey Neal. They only had three in the earlier meeting - but took advantage of six Lady Wardog errors.
“I felt like we should have won the game the last time we played them. We had the six errors and gave up only three hits but they just outplayed us today. They outhit us. They outdid everything.”
Miami's only run came in the second inning. Courtnei Young walked and Shelby Jurgensmeyer singled. They were moved into scoring position on a sacrifice by Haiden Rowland, then Young scored as Allison Hayes grounded out to second.
Jessica Kelly doubled and Jurgensmeyer and Kylee Carder added singles for the Lady Wardogs' only hits off Tyler. The Lady Wardogs only other runners came on three walks and a hit batter.
Vinita had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning, then got a run in the third. It broke the game open in the seventh, scoring three times.
“The schedule gets tougher - we need to find a way to get our confidence back because we had been playing well,” Mercer said.
The Lady Wardogs host Jay Saturday in a middle school-varsity-JV triple-header at Turner Field starting at 1 p.m.
They travel to Adair Tuesday.