QUAPAW — After playing flatter than a pancake in an 8-1 loss to Quapaw in the final pool game, things didn’t go much better early in Miami’s third-place game with Wyandotte in the Quapaw Tournament.
But the Lady Wardogs scratched out a run in the sixth inning then rallied for two more in the seventh to claim a 4-1 win here Saturday, Aug. 11.
In other pool games, the Lady Wardogs (4-1) routed Ketchum 18-0, Afton 10-1 and Commerce 9-1.
“I think this tournament is great. It gets everybody going, get some innings and a shake the nerves out because we go straight into district Monday against a good Grove team and a good Sequoyah team,” Strack said. “Getting the nerves out of some of the players who haven’t played a lot of innings is nice. They need live reps.”
The Lady Wardogs travel to Grove Monday, Aug. 13, then open the home portion of the schedule the next day by hosting Claremore Sequoyah.
Miami took a 1-0 lead in the first and Wyandotte tied the score in the fourth on a base hit by Gracie Turner.
A grounder to second by Beca Hopping drove in Abby Ishmael with the go-ahead run.
Ishmael doubled to start the inning and was moved into scoring position by Jordan Davis and scored on a grounder to second by Hopping.
The Lady Wardogs got a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh.
Alexa Payne drew a one-out walk and Ishmael delivered a two-out double. Davis followed with an RBI double.
Ishmael had a single and two doubles with an RBI for Miami. She also scored three of the Lady Wardogs’ four runs.
Davis went 4-for-4 with two singles and two doubles.
Hopping and Lauren Willard each had a double.
“Abby started to find the zone a little better at the end and our offense calmed down and worked to contact a little better,” Strack said. “Our offense is more built around putting pressure on people more so than the long ball.
“I feel like we finally started to realize that.”
Wyandotte (5-2) was led by Jennelle Lundien, who had a triple and single, and Tarrah Stephens, who added two singles.
Kaitlyn Hawkins, Ally Bartley and Gracie Turner each added a single.
Quapaw 8, Miami 1
Quapaw’s Jenni Jennings struck out seven and limited Miami to only two hits and the one run.
Miami’s only hits, both by Willard, were a single in the second and a double in the fourth.
“I thought their pitcher threw great,” Strack said. “They played great and hit the ball well. I’m not taking anything away from them, but I don’t think we came out and were ready to play the way we should have been ready to play.”
Jessie Ishmael drove in Miami’s lone run with a ground ball out.
Quapaw scored five times in the third and got a final three in the third.
Mallory Blackfox tripled while Mya Nichols, Jennings, Karissa Anderson and Rebekah Morgan all singled.
The Lady Wildcats took advantage of four Miami errors.
“We walked a couple people, had a couple errors and didn’t get the bats going all game,” Strack said. “It doesn’t matter who you are playing, it’s going to lead to a loss if you don’t come out and play people like it’s the toughest team in the state of Oklahoma every time, you are going to get beat. They played really well.”
Miami 18, Ketchum 0
Abby Ishmael blanked the Lady Warriors on two hits while striking out four and walking none.
Miami sent 10 batters to the plate in a four-run first inning then scored eight in the second and six in the third.
Each time, 12 Miami players had at-bats.
The Lady Wardogs collected 15 hits and cashed in on six walks and four hit batters.
Hopping finished with a triple and two singles.
Jordan Quapaw added a double and single and Abby Ishmael, Davis and Willard contributed two singles.
Jessie Ishmael, Hallett and Payne doubled and Shirley singled.
Miami 10, Afton 1
The Lady Wardogs led 4-0 after two then got two in the fourth and scored four more times in the fifth.
Abby Ishmael handled the bulk of Miami’s offense, getting a two-run double in the second, an RBI single in the fourth and a bases-loaded double in the fifth.
Hopping delivered a single and triple while Hardcastle tripled.
Davis, Willard, Jessie Ishmael and Payne all had singles.
Afton averted a shutout by getting its lone run in the fifth inning.
Layne Hudson, Taylie Burrow, Ragan Hudson and Clarissa Rice each had a single for Afton.
Miami 9, Commerce 1
The Lady Tigers (2-4) got their only run in the first inning via an error.
Miami tied the game in the bottom of the first, added single runs in the third and fifth then broke the game open by scoring six times in the sixth.
The Lady Wardogs’ runs came on a passed ball, an RBI single by Payne, a bases-loaded double by Hopping and an error.
Ishmael collected three singles while Davis had a single and triple and Hopping a single and double.
Cori Robison, Quapaw and Payne all had singles.
Morgan Connell, Miriam Nino, Giselle Gutierrez and Cali Wells each had a single for the Lady Tigers.