By BEN JOHNSON
Adair stood little chance of getting to Tahlequah pitcher Lindsay Wade. It’s a good thing because Tahlequah’s bats were largely lethargic against the visiting Lady Warriors.
Wade logged a complete-game two-hitter while guiding Tahlequah to a 3-0 victory over Adair at Lady Tiger Field on Tuesday. Wade needed only 74 pitches (55 for strikes) to post the victory.
“(Adair) has gotten some hits against people, but she did a good job,” Cloud said of Wade, who recorded six strikeouts. “She got to strike one and got out the leading lady of every inning. I think that was the different in the game.”
Tahlequah (31-3) went on top early by scoring a run in the first inning. Marisa Girdner reached on an infield error and advanced to second base on an error by Adair shortstop Bailey Stephens. Girdner scored moments later on Randee O’Donnell’s run-scoring double to left-center field.
Girdner also scored a run in Tahlequah’s two-run fifth frame. Girdner scored on Whitney Wright’s RBI single, and Lindsay Wade scored on Girdner’s single up the middle.
Tahlequah came up with seven hits in its tune-up for postseason play. The Lady Tigers will take on McAlester on Thursday in the final game before the playoffs begin next week.
But Tahlequah’s performance against Adair wasn’t what Cloud was looking for.
“We pitched really good and had some good (at-bats), but we just played uninspired,” Cloud said. “If you can’t get up to play every day, then I don’t know how you can do it in the postseason. That’s not to be derogatory towards anybody in particular, but we just kind of played uninspired. I don’t know why; I guess that comes back on me.”
As for Tahlequah’s postseason plans, the Lady Tigers found out they’ll host a regional after the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association handed out playoff assignments in Classes 5A and 6A. Tahlequah will welcome Edison, Coweta and McAlester to Lady Tiger Field as it attempts to make its fourth straight state tournament.
“I don’t know how that worked out,” Cloud said. “That wasn’t what it was supposed to be, but whatever. The OSSAA does what it wants to do in every situation.”
Playoff assignments in 5A and 6A are determined by results in district play during the regular season. Cloud said the way he figured up the results, Coweta, Memorial and Shawnee should be headed to Tahlequah next week.
“The (OSSAA) is going to do what it wants to do in every situation,” Cloud said, “so why should I be surprised?”